Drug Church
Paul Walker


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jack Boaden USER (29 Reviews)
December 12th, 2013 | 24 replies


Release Date: 07/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "The perfect record to listen to as you skate home from your night shift cleaning up puke in the bathroom of a Steak & Shake."

Drug Church are angry and they don’t attempt to hide it. Paul Walker is the band’s newest full-length, and it offers little over twenty-five minutes of raw, 80s driven hardcore.

It’s evident from album opener ‘Thinking About Joining Drug Church’ that the band wastes absolutely no time in celebrating the fact that their lives are going nowhere. Vocalist Patrick Klindon of Self Defence Family fame delivers his depressing, but amusing lyrics in a very horse yet vicious yell, definitely a throwback to the old-school hardcore records of yesteryear. It’s surprising too - with the backdrop of punk instead of a Self Defence Family song; you may never even guess Klindon was behind the mic.

Musically Paul Walker is somewhere between Black Flag, Nervous Breakdown-era and Nirvana’s early material with raucous songs drenched in feedback and fuzz that often last mere minutes. The band’s execution is absolutely fantastic, making Paul Walker engaging throughout its runtime which, whilst leaning towards the short side, fits the album so well. Many bands claim that their recorded material is reflective of their live show, but this is true for so few. On the other hand, Drug Church make this more than believable – the band’s use of feedback as well as an incredibly raw and potent guitar tone drenched in layers of fuzz result in ten songs made for a live setting.

The songs are fairly straightforward throughout, which, while repetitive (as with most punk records) still makes for a fairly fun and entertaining twenty-six minutes. Both riffs and basslines are often memorable throughout, especially on tracks such as Attending A Cousin’s Birthday Party, Learning To Speak British and Thrill Hill, the latter of which opens with a clean arpeggio pattern before descending into a mid-tempo ode to failure with Klindon offering some of the best lyrics on the album.

It’s a shame that there aren’t more bands blasting through songs in the same raw and uncompromising manner that Drug Church are. Klindon celebrates failure in a way which, for listeners, is both entertaining and openly morbid. Fiery in delivery, Paul Walker is unbridled anger at its best, and is “the perfect record to listen to as you skate home from your night shift cleaning up puke in the bathroom of a Steak & Shake,” as the band puts it.



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TwoMonthsInTheCold
December 12th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hello Sputnik, it's been a while.

Originally written for http://www.deadpress.co.uk

Wizard
December 12th 2013


19641 Comments


So does this album sound like a car crash?

All bad-taste jokes aside, great review. Sounds like I should give this a listen.

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SpritzSpritz
December 12th 2013


528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love this album/anything patrick touches really

SnakeDelilah
December 12th 2013


9088 Comments


'So does this album sound like a car crash?'

/sputnik

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evilford
December 12th 2013


22987 Comments


"but amusing lyrics in a very horse yet vicious yell"

lol..."hoarse"

so anyways. why is this album called paul walker?

demigod!
December 12th 2013


45255 Comments


creepy

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zakalwe
December 12th 2013


9098 Comments


Will check this, the review has made this sound right up my street, plus that lad on the cover is the absolute spit of me when I was young. Creepy!!!

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evilford
December 12th 2013


22987 Comments


why is this album called paul walker? [2]

danielito19
December 13th 2013


6711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is rad as fuck

Deadwing42
February 6th 2014


144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What an impressive album. Love music like this. Looking forward to seeing these guys with mewithoutYou!, Touche Amore, and Seahaven tonight. What a lineup.

danielito19
May 8th 2014


6711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Attending a cousin's birthday party fucking slays

Clefairy
May 9th 2014


73 Comments


underrated

danielito19
May 9th 2014


6711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

people should talk about this more


NightProwler
May 21st 2014


6601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this is great. They rule live, frontman is so good

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danielito19
May 21st 2014


6711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you ever listen to Self Defense Family NightProwler? that's patrick's other band

NightProwler
May 22nd 2014


6601 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have one of their tracks off the Misery Signals mixtape, but none other - will check!

Hep Kat
May 22nd 2014


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this has grown on me

the vinyl is nice

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danielito19
May 22nd 2014


6711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd recommend their 7's on spotify - I'm Going Through Some Shit/All Fruit Is Ripe and Self Immolation Family/World Virgins

then move on to their 2014 LP Try Me

Hep Kat
May 22nd 2014


15399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just realized this dude spelled pat's name wrong throughout this entire review. NEG

danielito19
May 22nd 2014


6711 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"klindon" lol

what's your fav track on this hep kat?



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