Designer Drugs Preview New Album, Offer Free Download

Designer Drugs
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Album delays are standard in the music industry but when Designer Drugs began work on their forthcoming album, “The Drugs Are In Control,” in 2011, they encountered a somewhat unique obstacle.

“Theo was finishing medical school,” the group’s Michael Vincent Patrick says of his bandmate Theodore Paul Nelson. “Between heavy touring and school, the process was paused. Once Theo graduated, we moved to a studio we helped build years earlier in Philadelphia.”

Still, after Nelson earned his M.D. and he and Patrick finished production in late 2012, there were a few more hurdles to clear. They shot two gritty music videos on-location in Thailand for new tracks “Space Based” and “Empty Hearted” with cutting edge director duo Skinny, but the release of the videos was delayed by the group’s then-label, Ultra.

“At this point we were doing everything we could to get out of our record contract which we did in late 2013 just short of litigation,” Patrick explains. “So, now that we're fresh off Ultra, we decided to self-release the already-delayed album on our own label, Sex Cult Records.”

To celebrate and reward their patient fans, Designer Drugs are giving away the single, “Crystal.” If some groups might be nervous about the durability of their work after such a delay from recording to release, Drugs certainly isn’t.

“I think we started underground then our sound really came en vogue around 2010-2011 but I think right now it's not,” says Patrick. “We are really excited to be releasing the music we are because it's not trendy. A lot of our fans are excited too because everyone is making EDM big room shit and they are looking for something heavier and more aggressive which is how we prefer to roll.”

Designer Drugs’ new album, “The Drugs Are In Control” drops on March 10 through their own Sex Cult Records.