Written by Josh Sudman
Bringing back the grunge with their self-titled EP, Drug Pizza infuses a traditional garage rock sound with Morningside-Chic. Each of the five tracks bears evidence of careful writing, crafting, and recording with vocalist Miguel Gallego self-effacing throughout the EP with lines like “won’t you please throw me a bone." On stand-out “Sinister,” Madeline Steinberg's lead vocals are both filtered and sparklingly clear, allowing the listener to hear every minor dip-thong and inflection. Though short, the tracks use their looping chord progressions to swirl through the grimy grunge swamp of yesteryear. On some songs, it’s hard not to picture the group practicing and recording in some destitute, 1990’s hardcore-era garage. But the band - a mish-mash of four current and former Columbia University students - started playing as DJs at the WBAR college radio station; the EP is recorded entirely at the WBAR studios and was self-released and distributed on cassette.
Drug Pizza will be playing at Existential Breakfast this Saturday, opening for No Shoes’ fourth anniversary show. Details for that event can be found on the poster above. More of their music, which is available as a free download, can be found on their Bandcamp.