PREMIERE: Drug Hunt – “The Tower”

Jeff Cubbison

San Diego psych act embarks on ominous sonic journey

Drug Hunt is a rising band from San Diego that conjures a particularly freaky, wily brand of psychedelia. Comprised of Rory Morrison (guitar), Jason Meyers (guitar & vox), Nick Sinutko (keys & vox), Jordan Searls (bass & vox) and Ryan Schilawski (drums & vox), the group incorporates elements of jangly American post-punk, British hard rock, and psychedelic jam band stylings – a trifecta that will surely be on full-display when their self-titled sophomore EP drops this Friday. Today, Impose is proud to premiere that record’s towering, blistering lead single (and its vibrant music video), “The Tower.”

Heavy, thunderous riffs and slithery keyboards collide right out of the gate, providing an intense sonic tapestry upon which Meyers’ ominous vocals can truly unfurl: “Women and children hands over their eyes/ They couldn’t bear to witness their father’s disguise,” he belts with laser-like ferocity. Swirling guitar chords, thick basslines and pummeling percussion all clash in hypnotic fashion, injecting the track with desolate, apocalyptic vibes that never let up from start to finish. Also, there’s a frenetic jam midway through that hits druggy, stratospheric sonic heights. On “The Tower,” Drug Hunt declares war on political hierarchy and modern conformity, encouraging disobedience while also being as loud as humanly possible. “It’s a song about looking away rather than acting; it’s about being safe in a tower and watching the world burn below,” Morrison says.

In addition, the track’s video is trippy and relentless. It features footage of the band rocking out amidst a flurry of heady lights and visuals – intercut with clips of dictators, bombings, and other scary scenes depicting fascism – as a bemused, haunted young man watches it all on a TV screen. “The Tower” is a scorcher of a single that tackles the notion of conformity in a desensitized world, and the first taste of Drug Hunt’s forthcoming EP, which drops on July 5 via Blind Owl. Produced by the band and Daniel Cervantes (Howlin Rain, Mrs. Henry), the album promises to be a “William Blake infused inferno at the precipice of transformation.” They’ll also be performing a record release party on Friday at Casbah along with fellow locals Wild Wild Wets, Dream Burglar and San Pedro El Cortez. You can get tickets¬†HERE, and watch the amazing video for “The Tower” below.

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