Lovedrug the verb, not the noun. That’s how lead singer Michael Shepard of the Ohio-based band describes the tug that brought him back to his first love of music after perusing endeavors in film. For nearly ten years Lovedrug has been releasing EPs and albums that have justified Shepard’s choice, and just two months ago marks the release of Lovedrug’s first independent album, Wild Blood. Label disputes and lacking support led the band to take matters into their own hands, from which they ended up benefitting creatively in the long run.
For the recording of Wild Blood, Lovedrug hooked up with Nashville-based producer Paul Moak, who helped the band hone a more organic sound than their previous rock executions. Michael Shepard told Spinner, “Wild Blood is a youth anthem and it encapsulates the aura of the entire record,” he continued, “You know that feeling you get when you’re young, like anything is possible, like the world is at your fingertips and nothing is going to stand in your way? That’s what Wild Blood is about. That’s how we feel right now. That’s what this record means to us.” Wild Blood certainly opened a world of positivity and freshness for the already established band, and the genuine enthusiasm Shepard feels for this album only sets this tour up for an equally positive experience.
This Saturday you can catch Lovedrug with some Seattle blues rock from City Faire and the dynamic C-leb and The Kettle Black at the High-Dive in Fremont!