Biography

Welcome to hell. El Drugstore has been making an unnecessary amount of noise since 2008, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Their debut recording, a split EP with A Fucking Elephant, was released in July 2011. A new full-length album, Plague Ship, is in production and set for release in 2013.

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News

The Top 25 Beers of 2014 as Presented by El Drugstore Guitarist Kevin Conway – GearGods

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Life is way too short to drink shitty beer:

We’re taking another resurfacing breath from winter vacation today to bring you this most important of lists. Because odds are that you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve, and statistically speaking you probably drink alcohol and may be itching for a few suggestions to impress your snooty friends with. So with those considerations in mind we turned to Kevin Conway, guitarist of the band El Drugstore and one of the most discerning palates in metal, to request a rundown of the top beers of 2014. Cheers.

El Drugstore are currently a few snifters deep into the writing of a new record. You can check out the band’s most recent recording, Plague Ship, at this location.

Get the complete rundown on Conway’s 25 favorite beers of 2014 right here. Wishing you a safe and happy New Year from Nefarious Industries.

Interviews

Gonzo Circus reviews “Plague Ship”

“We horen een gevecht tussen Cynic en Orthrelm, een gevecht tussen drie tovenaars die een soort technische metal spelen die er geen is. EL DRUGSTORE zit op de grens van metal en mathrock, lekker ingewikkeld maar toch uitnodigend tot headbangen.” – Gonzo Circus

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In Your Speakers reviews “Plague Ship”

“For the times that feel like you could bounce off the walls out of sheer frustration, pick any track from this white knuckled ball of fury, and an outlet will be found.” – In Your Speakers

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Ondes Choc reviews “Plague Ship”

“Tout au long de l’album, El Drugstore mélange la folie et la technique, de façon ingénieuse et bien dosée, de sorte que l’écoute de l’album complet peut mener à la démence ou à l’internement… Je vous aurez au moins prévenu!” – Ondes Choc

“Throughout the album, El Drugstore mix madness and technique, in a manner that is ingenious and well proportioned, such that listening to the whole album may lead to dementia or internment… You’ve been warned!” – Shock Waves

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The Midlands Rocks reviews “Plague Ship”

Plague Ship is a perverse ten-track trip through psychotically-calculated musical bedlam. […] Who knew there were so many ‘wrong-sounding’ chords? More importantly, who knew they could feel so right?” – The Midlands Rocks

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Church of the Riff reviews “Plague Ship”

“Click play, sit the fuck down and pay attention for the next ~50 minutes. No breathing room, no respite, just some of the best heavy music you’ll hear all month.” – Church of the Riff

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OneMetal reviews “Plague Ship”

EL DRUGSTORE is a dizzying, disorienting listen – […] what might happen if Converge, Botch and Mastodon got together to score a soundtrack for a particularly harrowing episode of Itchy & Scratchy.” – OneMetal

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This Is Not A Scene reviews “Plague Ship”

“Make no mistake, El Drugstore’s first full length offering, Plague Ship, is awesome. The level of musicianship within El Drugstore is mind boggling. Each note is lovingly crafted. Each bar has a purpose. What Kandinsky did with colour and lines, El Drugstore does with music.” – This Is Not A Scene

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No Clean Singing reviews “Plague Ship”

EL DRUGSTORE often reminds me of the mind-numbing dexterity and style of fellow instrumental metallers Electro Quarterstaff, both structurally and riff/drum-wise, especially during “Wheel Of Sadness” and “The Natives Are Getting Useless”, and at certain parts of other songs. The heart of the rest of their identity resides somewhere between Botch, Keelhaul, and Dysrhythmia.” – No Clean Singing

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Metal Injection reviews “Plague Ship”

“[EL DRUGSTORE] are a difficult band to compare to because so many bands come to mind like old Mastodon, The Fall of Troy, and even High on Fire. However, they are more technical than most of those bands. Most instrumental albums, in my experience, are fine as a whole, but lack any great stand alone songs. Plague Ship is an exception. ‘By What Ill-Begotten Means Have You Procured This Meat?’ is my favorite on the album as it represents everything the band is about and seems to be the most diverse track. It starts crazy, speeds up, slows, becomes melodic, then goes fucking nuts all in about four minutes. […] The result is pleasant. And by pleasant I mean an absolute chaotic clusterfuck of technical metal insanity.” – Metal Injection

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Metal News Online reviews “Plague Ship”

“Beginning with one of my favorite tracks, ‘The Natives Are Getting Useless,’ the listener is taken on a spectacular tour of [EL DRUGSTORE‘s] musical schizophrenia. Guitarist Kevin Conway brings you right to edge, then berserkers off in a totally different direction which, for some, reason makes perfect tactical sense. Their synchronized madness is a thrilling ride that reveals a different perspective each time you take it in.” – Metal News Online

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The Horn reviews “Plague Ship”

“At first glance you may wonder if this band is truly serious. But once you hear their dark and complex melodies woven in with their pulsating drums, you’ll see that EL DRUGSTORE is no laughing matter. […] The musicianship is clearly there, and the sound is damn near hypnotic.” – The Horn

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Grande Rock reviews “Plague Ship”

“The best elements of the work of bands like Pelican, Godspeed You Black Emperor and even Mogwai, with a sludge twist.” – Grande Rock

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New Noise reviews “Plague Ship”

“Yes, they could have just played some heavy shit for you; or they could open doors without losing that vicious snarl. […] These New Jersey instrumentalists must have been quite the distraction in class. Attention spans be damned. If masturbating to Mahavishnu Orchestra in a Primus shirt while the jiggling lady explains string theory over a Mastodon soundtrack is your thing pick it up. It’s hectic, it’s heavy, it’s technical.” – New Noise Magazine

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Destroy the Brain reviews “Plague Ship”

“This is definitely a band that doesn’t have much patience, much to the benefit of anyone hungering for a genre-smashing metal band that isn’t too self-involved to forget about actually writing good music, because most of what EL DRUGSTORE brings to the table is brilliantly constructed. […] For a connoisseur of the cross-pollinated, this album is a thrill a minute. If you’re not prepared for the onslaught of twists and turns, you’ll be left in the dust by Plague Ship. But if your palate is bored and needs something spicy, you can’t go wrong with EL DRUGSTORE.” – Destroy the Brain

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EL DRUGSTORE: Debut Album Streaming At American Aftermath – Earsplit Compound

As EL DRUGSTORE prepares for the release their debut full-length, Plague Ship, on New Year’s Eve, the whole album from the Jersey-based prog pirates is now playing.

The album stream is hosted by American Aftermath, who, in an early 9/10 review of the album, referred to the forty-five minute excursion as “hyperactive, disjunctive and jarring,” stating, “It will enthrall you as well as pummel you with its tornadoes of complex riffing and eccentricities. Instrumental technical metal has been done before but EL DRUGSTORE have a style all their own and Plague Ship can attest to that.” A manifesto documenting the album’s instrumental madness track-by-track has been released alongside the album stream as well, providing a curious view into these lyric-free, anticapella dirges.

Board the Plague Ship RIGHT HERE.

Comprised of guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall), drummer Seth Rheam (East of the Wall) and bassist Rolando Alvarado, EL DRUGSTORE’s jacked-up delivery is at full-mast on Plague Ship, the record bearing over forty-five minutes of their belligerent, instrumental bombast. On the dizzying array of head-scratching jam-outs, amplification runs rampant, propelling the massive array of effect/pedal-laden spazz-riffery through the pummeling percussive whiplash without a whiff of spitty breath to be found. Plague Ship was tracked at parts unknown by the band and their cohort Chris Alfano (East of the Wall, Argonauts), and mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios.

EL DRUGSTORE Live:
2/01/2014 Paradise Lost – New Brunswick, NJ w/ Zevious, Fond Han, Mothguts

“The Jersey instrumental trio makes a fuckload of noise… 45 minutes of brain-busting, off-timed scatterrock.” – Noisey/Vice

“If masturbating to Mahavishnu Orchestra in a Primus shirt while the jiggling lady explains string theory over a Mastodon soundtrack is your thing pick it up. It’s hectic, it’s heavy, it’s technical.” – New Noise Magazine

“…a winding and twisting instrumental act with a capital ‘mental’… Delightfully non-linear…” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“In places Plague Ship soundtracks a cyclone carnival ride, all dizzying tempos and blurring sights, and follows riders as they disembark to stagger down the midway, dodge fest-goers and barfpiles, then come to a stop facedown behind the toilets. It’s wild!” – MetalSucks

Plague Ship

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Set Sail on EL DRUGSTORE’s “Plague Ship” – Exclusive Interview with American Aftermath

An American Aftermath exclusive:

Hey there! We’re El Drugstore, from the great state of New Jersey. We’re gonna tell you all the shit that you never asked to know about our new record, Plague Ship, out December 31st on Nefarious Industries. As usual, our drummer Squid has declined to participate in this, as it’s a press type thing and he’s not into that sort of stuff. But he says “hi.” Let’s dig in, shall we?”

Head to American Aftermath to stream the album in all its eclectic glory, and read a bonus track-by-track rundown of the album provided by Conway and Ro.

Interviews, Music

Echoes and Dust reviews “Plague Ship”

“10 concise, sharp and stunning instrumental stoner/progressive rock RIFF workouts in the style of Astrohenge and Russian Circles, […] providing a 45 minute cavalcade of RIFFS, time signatures, fantastic musicianship and hooks that can either be enjoyed as one whole movement or as individual moments.” – Echoes and Dust

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Apoch’s reviews “Plague Ship”

EL DRUGSTORE‘s Plague Ship “is like listening to that crazy homeless guy on the corner go off about how the government is in bed with an alien race that planted a chip in his brain so they could read his thoughts and shrink his penis, all the while being structured well enough to make perfect sense.” – Apoch’s Metal Review

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CHECK OUT EL DRUGSTORE’S HIPSTER TITS – Noisey

“The Jersey instrumental trio makes a fuckload of noise on their new album, Plague Ship. It’s 45 minutes of brain-busting, off-timed scatterrock.” – Noisey

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EL DRUGSTORE Exposes New Instrumental Perversion At Noisey – Earsplit Compound

As EL DRUGSTORE gets ready to pump their mangled instrumental chaos into your holiday shrimp cocktail on New Year’s Eve, with the release of their debut full-length, Plague Ship, today Noisey gets down with the sickness and busts out a pulverizing new jam from the record.

The second of ten brainbanging EL DRUGSTORE rippers on the record, “Hipster Tits” is one of the album’s most extensive, smacking you right in the face with over five minutes of nonstop hyper-jam dementia, supplying some of the most schizophrenically-inclined tension-builders to be found within the confines of the Plague Ship. When our thugs approached Noisey’s people about deploying a different track from the record, their response was, “How can you have a song called ‘Hipster Tits’ and not premiere it on VICE?”

Get in on the unharnessed action with Noisey/VICE whenever you have a free hand AT THIS LOCATION.

MetalSucks is crazy for these dudes too; they recently dropped “The Natives Are Getting Useless” from the record RIGHT HERE.

Plague Ship will see digital release on Nefarious Industries — EL DRUGSTORE’s independent label founded with their cohorts in A Fucking Elephant in 2011 — on New Year’s Eve, with a physical pressing to follow.

Comprised of guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall), drummer Seth Rheam (East of the Wall) and bassist Rolando Alvarado, EL DRUGSTORE’s jacked-up delivery is at full-mast on Plague Ship, the record bearing over forty-five minutes of their belligerent, instrumental bombast. On the dizzying array of head-scratching jam-outs, amplification runs rampant, propelling the massive array of effect/pedal-laden spazz-riffery through the pummeling percussive whiplash without a whiff of spitty breath to be found. Plague Ship was tracked at parts unknown by the band and their cohort Chris Alfano (East of the Wall, Argonauts), and mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios.

EL DRUGSTORE Live:
2/01/2014 Paradise Lost – New Brunswick, NJ w/ Zevious, Fond Han

“The music is hyperactive, disjunctive and jarring. It will enthrall you as well as pummel you with its tornadoes of complex riffing and eccentricities. Instrumental technical metal has been done before but El Drugstore have a style all their own and Plague Ship can attest to that. 9/10″ – American Aftermath

“The Jersey instrumental trio makes a fuckload of noise… 45 minutes of brain-busting, off-timed scatterrock.” – Noisey/Vice

“…a winding and twisting instrumental act with a capital ‘mental’… Delightfully non-linear…” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

“In places Plague Ship soundtracks a cyclone carnival ride, all dizzying tempos and blurring sights, and follows riders as they disembark to stagger down the midway, dodge fest-goers and barfpiles, then come to a stop facedown behind the toilets. It’s wild!” – MetalSucks

Plague Ship

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American Aftermath reviews “Plague Ship”

EL DRUGSTORE take the blueprints provided by bands like Dysrhythmia, Keelhaul, and Don Caballero and create a sound all their own that is equal parts heavy, technical, and zany. Plague Ship sets sail with disorienting, cycling melodies […], angular riffage, psychedelic bass wizardry and erratic drumming […]. This forty-five minute, manic behemoth will devour you whole and let you soak in its psychedelic digestive juices before regurgitating you a changed, possibly mentally-disturbed human being. The music is hyperactive, disjunctive and jarring. It will enthrall you as well as pummel you with its tornadoes of complex riffing and eccentricities. Instrumental technical metal has been done before but EL DRUGSTORE have a style all their own and Plague Ship can attest to that. If you like your music drug-induced and mentally-deranged, then you should give EL DRUGSTORE a chance.” – American Aftermath

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Heavy Blog Is Heavy reviews “Plague Ship” – East Of The Wall Is El Drugstore, Es Muy Bueno

EL DRUGSTORE is “a winding and twisting instrumental act with a capital ‘mental’. Delightfully non-linear and coming across like the half-way point between East Of The Wall and the all-too-quiet Keelhaul.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy

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EL DRUGSTORE: MetalSucks Drops Single From NJ Instrumental/Prog Mutants’ Debut Full-Length – Earsplit Compound

El Drugstore

As New Jersey’s mutant trio of the progressive metal scene, EL DRUGSTORE, prepares to sail their Plague Ship debut full-length, the first bait traps have been set with the release of the album’s maiden single.

Now streaming at MetalSucks, the sixth of the ten riff-torpedos loaded into Plague Ship’s cannons is a prime example of the deranged but dexterous and over-amplified, instrumental professionally-imbalanced craftsmanship these three deckhands mop the place up with. In just over four-and-a-half minutes on the pummeling “The Natives Are Getting Useless,” EL DRUGSTORE unloads more metallic commotion in this solitary anthem than many so-called progressive practitioners perform all year, the album a vast three year-long writing and pre-production process. The cover art for the band’s kinky new voyage forged by the hand of Jolil Ula from Vacant Eye Photography and the roster of deranged sea shanties on board this diseased vessel have also been released from the cargo bay.

Get seasick but keep your chum overboard as “The Natives Are Getting Useless” courtesy of MetalSucks RIGHT HERE.

EL DRUGSTORE’s virgin romp on full-length turf, Plague Ship will see digital release on Nefarious Industries — their own conjoined independent label founded with their cohorts in A Fucking Elephant in 2011 — on the last day of the year, December 31st, with a physical pressing to follow.

Devised by the corrupted intellect of guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall), drummer Seth Rheam (East of the Wall) and bassist Rolando Alvarado, Keyport, New Jersey-based EL DRUGSTORE has been discharging their mangled, aggro-technical metallic racket since 2008. The band’s debut recording, a split full-length with cohorts A Fucking Elephant, marked the inauguration of their conjoined independent label, Nefarious Industries in 2011. But the swagger of their jacked-up anti-capella songcraft is at full-mast with their debut full-length, Plague Ship, bearing over forty-five minutes of EL DRUGSTORE’s belligerent bombast. On the dizzying array of head-scratching jam-outs, amplification runs rampant, propelling the massive array of effect/pedal-laden spazz-riffery through the pummeling percussive whiplash without a whiff of spitty breath to be found. Plague Ship was tracked at parts unknown by the band and their cohort Chris Alfano (East of the Wall, Argonauts), and mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios.

Plague Ship

Plague Ship Track Listing:
1. Tell Them I Said Something
2. Hipster Tits
3. Enthusiastic Corruption of the Public Good
4. Fascinating Underpants
5. By What Ill-Begotten Means Have You Procured This Meat?
6. The Natives Are Getting Useless
7. Tokyo Assault
8. Wheel of Sadness
9. Pandemonium in the Bronx
10. Steakback

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MetalSucks – Exclusive Premiere: El Drugstore’s Post-EOTW Madness

“[EL DRUGSTORE] pumps sideways instru-metal that’s confrontational like Don Caballero and forceful like Mastodon — and sometimes deft like Mahavishnu Orchestra and gritty like Botch. In places Plague Ship soundtracks a cyclone carnival ride, all dizzying tempos and blurring sights, and follows riders as they disembark to stagger down the midway, dodge fest-goers and barfpiles, then come to a stop facedown behind the toilets. It’s wild! Check out our exclusive track ‘The Natives Are Getting Useless,’ which mimics the stream-of-consciousness sketch show weirdness of Mr. Show: one punchline acts as set up for the next and riffs aren’t exhausted so much as rent in half and stomped on.” – MetalSucks

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EL DRUGSTORE: Mangled New Jersey Prog/Instrumental Trio Preps Debut Album For Release – Earsplit Compound

El Drugstore

Well, it took longer than expected, but the results are more disturbing than we’d anticipated. Following a colossal three year-long writing and pre-production process, New Jersey’s instrumental freak attack trio, EL DRUGSTORE, has put the final touches on their virgin romp on full-length turf.

Devised by the corrupted intellect of guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall), drummer Seth Rheam (East of the Wall) and bassist Rolando Alvarado, Keyport, New Jersey-based EL DRUGSTORE has been discharging their mangled, aggro-technical metallic racket since 2008. The band’s debut recording, a split full-length with cohorts A Fucking Elephant, marked the inauguration of their conjoined independent label, Nefarious Industries in 2011.

With over forty-five minutes of belligerent, bastardized, brainiac bombast, EL DRUGSTORE is at full-mast on their debut full-length, Plague Ship, the swagger of their jacked-up anti-capella songcraft unloading a dizzying array of awesomely head-scratching jam-outs. Amplification runs rampant, propelling the massive array of effect-pedal-laden spazz-riffery through the pummeling percussive whiplash without a whiff of spitty breath to be found. Plague Ship was tracked at parts unknown by the band and their cohort Chris Alfano (East of the Wall, Argonauts), and mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios. The results resemble an abortive version of The Fucking Champs deconstructing Cave In and Cynic in an echo chamber full of copulating shrimp and LSD, to those daring enough to take a dip.

The Plague Ship will set sail on the last possible fucking day of the year, December 31st via Nefarious Industries, initially as a digital-only release, yet plans for it to manifest itself in the physical form are being drawn. More info on the whole shebang will be pimped out in the coming days.

To call-in all EL DRUGSTORE prescriptions, schedule an appointment with the audio intoxicant mongers at Earsplit: dave@earsplitcompound.com.

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2012: Looks like we’re all still here… some words from Kevin Conway

2013 is shaping up to be an amazing year for Nefarious Industries. Two and a half years into this moronic experiment, we’re getting the opportunity to work with a wide array of artists that are all creating incredible and diverse music. We’re proud to be able to continue to bring you guys such a variety of music that you might not have been exposed to otherwise.

Before I delve too deeply into our future plans, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the great bands that we’ve worked with in 2012. So Is The Tongue, Mount Gomery, Tovarish and arbogast all made great records, and we’re proud to have worked along side of them. If you haven’t checked their records out yet, please do so. Also, don’t forget to avail yourself to our free digital sampler here.

Constants and AxiomsNow, onto the new stuff. We’re going to kick off our year with our first ever international release! Seven Nines and Tens from Vancouver will be releasing a digital single through our label on January 1st titled Constants and Axioms/Kemptville. Seven Nines and Tens plays a particularly muscular and brainy brand of post rock that I think you will all enjoy thoroughly. You can get a taste of the single on our digital sampler. We’re happy to be spreading our auditory virus north of the border!

Seven Inches of A Fucking ElephantJanuary 22nd will mark the return of one of our flagship artists, A Fucking Elephant. We’ll be releasing their amazing new 7″, Seven Inches of A Fucking Elephant. Most of you who follow our collective exploits are familiar with this band’s mindfuckery, and I can assure you that this release is a wonderful extension of that. The EP 7″ will be available in limited quantities of yellow and black vinyl, accompanied by stunning artwork from the warped mind of Eric Nyffeler (doe-eyed.com). Pre-Order now to be entered into the raffle for a chance to win a test pressing of this slick 45. The band will be hitting the road hard in January. Check out their tour dates here.

We’ll be spending most of the spring on 2 awesome vinyl releases. The first will be Farmer’s Almanac by East of the Wall. This one holds a special place in my heart because it’s the first record I ever played on, and I have been waiting to have this on vinyl for quite a few years. We don’t have an exact release date for this one yet, but it will be out in time for the band’s spring tour.

Next up will be Goes To Purgatory by Jar’d Loose. If you’re not already familiar, this awesome Chicago band plays a grimy, Am-Rep sort of nastiness that will get your head banging. We’re happy to be releasing Goes To Purgatory on vinyl. Make sure to check them out on tour next month. Dates can be found here.

My band, El Drugstore, will FINALLY release our debut full-length, Plague Ship, this spring. Needless to say, I’m very proud of the songs on this record and I can’t wait for you all to hear them. More release details are forthcoming. In the meantime, check out a demo of the track “Fascinating Underpants” here.

All of the nuttiness that I outlined above is just the beginning of our year. We’ll be releasing a new record from Pigeon (facebook.com/pigeonny) at some point early in 2013. We’ll be making some forays into improvised acoustic world music, as well as free jazz. One of my goals for this label from day one has been to expose whatever followers we have to a ton of music of all styles that they likely wouldn’t have heard otherwise. 2013 is a big step towards achieving that goal.

A big thank you is in order to everyone who has bought a record from one of our bands, or even just came to a show or helped spread the word. Onwards and upwards.

-Kevin

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El Drugstore performs “By What Ill-Begotten Means Have You Procured This Meat?” @ Saint Vitus 12/15/2012

EL DRUGSTORE: First Full-Length Under Construction For Spring Delivery – Earsplit Compound

El Drugstore

Keyport, New Jersey-based progressively rabid metal trio EL DRUGSTORE is currently full-on in construction mode, demoing and preparing its debut full-length.

Featuring guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall), drummer Seth Rheam (East of the Wall) and bassist Rolando Alvarado, this Keyport, New Jersey-based outfit have been dropping their brew of aggro-technical metallic racket since 2008. Their debut, a split full-length with cohorts A Fucking Elephant — which marked the maiden release for both bands’ then newly-founded Nefarious Industries — EL DRUGSTORE is now beyond balls-deep in the songwriting process for Plague Ship, their first studio full-length. The album will be recorded in the coming weeks, and is slated for a late Spring release, once again via Nefarious Industries.

EL DRUGSTORE recently released a demo version of “Fascinating Underpants,” one of the mangled anthems set to be a part of Plague Ship. The track was posted as an exclusive premiere via American Aftermath, who describes the madness as “full of spiraling licks and jarring rhythms that will melt your measly brain upon listening.” MELT BRAINS HERE.

With tour plans for 2013 coming together, EL DRUGSTORE has one more gig left this year, playing this Saturday at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar at Behold The Arctopus’ record release show, followed by several other area appearances early in the year. Stay tuned for additional live mayhem to be declared.

Come throw meat and beer at EL DRUGSTORE:
12/15/2012 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Behold The Arctopus, Ocrilim
1/15/2013 The Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ w/ Jar’d Loose, Hammer Fight, Toothgrinder
3/03/2013 TBA – NJ w/ the DRX

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A weekend of epic proportions! arbogast record release; return of the DRX; Batillus, Gnaw & Tovarish

Holy crap, what a weekend we have ahead! If you are in/near any of the below cities, be sure to check out these intense performances.

CHICAGO – Thursday 11/29 – arbogast, Rollo Tomasi, Cokegoat @ Quenchers Saloon
arbogast’s I drops December 4, and is available for pre-order.
more info

NEW YORK – Friday 11/30 – the DRX, Smother Party, Epistasis, My Mount
ain @ Don Pedros
The DRX will be performing new material with an all new NYC lineup.
more info

PROVIDENCE – Saturday 12/1 – Batillus, Gnaw, Tovarish, Kintaan, Limiter Limited @ AS220
See 2 kickass NYC bands at this one-off Providence show.
more info

If all this doesn’t sufficiently kick your ass, don’t miss Behold the Arctopus’ Record Release Show with Ocrilim and El Drugstore on Sat Dec 15 @ Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY.
more info

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Exclusive Premiere: “Fascinating Underpants” Demo By EL DRUGSTORE; Interview with Kevin Conway – American Aftermath

El Drugstore

Lane Oliver (American Aftermath) treats us to a preview of a brand new El Drugstore song, and an exclusive interview with Kevin Conway:

Instrumental technical metal trio, El Drugstore (East of the Wall, etc), are currently working on their first full length debut record. The record is tentatively titled Plague Ship and is being eyed for a Spring 2013 release. American Aftermath are here to hook you up with your first taste of new El Drugstore! Below, for your streaming pleasure, is a demo version of their new song “Fascinating Underpants”. The track is full of spiraling licks and jarring rhythms that will melt your measly brain upon listening. Guitarist Kevin Conway describes this track as being one of the more “straight-forward” tracks on the record but trust me when I say it is anything but. Check out this awesome track below! As an added bonus, we have an exclusive interview with guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall) that can be viewed here as well. Check it out nerds!

“Fascinating Underpants”

Head over to American Aftermath to read the entire interview. And don’t miss El Drugstore‘s appearance TONIGHT @ The Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ, with Dysrhythmia and Loincloth!

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Dysrhythmia, El Drugstore, Loincloth, Sydbarret @ Brighton Bar – Fri Nov 16

The End of the World is real fucking Nigh. Get a preview this Friday night at the Brighton Bar as Dysrhythmia, El Drugstore, Loincloth & Sydbarret ruin your mood and completely shatter your faith in humanity.

Dysrhythmia, El Drugstore, Loincloth, Sydbarret @ Brighton Bar - Fri Nov 16

FRI NOV 16 @ The Brighton Bar – 121 Brighton Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740
8:30pm $7
18+, 21 to drink

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arbogast: Unhinged Chicago Trio’s Debut To See Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

arbogast

Chicago’s metallic progmangling trio arbogast will release their debut album, the simply titled but intricately envisioned and executed I, on December 4th. I will be set loose by arbogast’s cohorts at New Jersey-based Nefarious Industries, founded by and home to El Drugstore (members of East of the Wall), A Fucking Elephant, and So is the Tongue (members of Kayo Dot).

arbogast’s boisterous debut tackles a theme on the minds of many: the declining morals of a country where the middle class is being overthrown by the greed of the privileged. The eleven songs harnessed on I were recorded by Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos) at Bricktop Studios in Pilsen and mastered by Matt DeWine (Where the Moon Came From) at Ukrainian Village’s Pieholden Suite Sound, founded by the late Jay Bennett (Wilco).

arbogast have posted two tracks from I, streaming now at their Bandcamp page.

Since their first appearance in February 2009, arbogast has shared the stage with scores of acclaimed ensembles including Bison BC, Gates of Slumber, Across Tundras, Goes Cube, and Tidal Arms. As evidenced in previous releases — a self-titled EP from 2009, a split 7” with New Jersey’s A Fucking Elephant from 2010, and a demo from 2011 — arbogast’s influences encompass everything that is heavy, blending metal, thrash, hardcore, sludge and even old-school punk into an aggressively progressive haze that never veers too far into the pretentious.

Matching arbogast’s trademark heavy sound with a heavy theme, dead birds litter a desolate landscape on the cover of I, designed by Aaron Block (Shifting Totem), whose work has also been commissioned by legendary bands Suicidal Tendencies and DRI. Vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheid lays the foundation with the first notes of the album — an eerie Hammond organ that crescendos seamlessly toward the first track, ‘final throes.’ Vocalist/bassist Aaron Roemig further establishes the tone with the first verse: “War’s been waged, a barrage of greed, ensures divisions strengthening.” Similarly disillusioned lyrics are the mainstay of this recording. The undercurrent of arbogast’s sound, drummer Mike Rataj’s patented blend of ambidextrous chops, jazzy finesse and thunderous hardcore fury drive the album start to finish.

With live shows constantly being booked through their native Chicago and beyond, the band will take to the road early in 2013 and throughout the rest of next year in support of I. Stay tuned for constantly-developing details as more live attacks are plotted and announced.

arbogast live:
11/29/2012 Quencher’s Saloon – Chicago, IL w/ Rollo Tomasi, Cokegoat

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American Aftermath Presents SPEAK NO EVIL II

Speak No Evil II

Check out the second edition of this exclusive instrumental compilation from American Aftermath, featuring tracks from El Drugstore and A Fucking Elephant.

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A FUCKING ELEPHANT: New Jersey’s Progbending Deviant Duo Enter Studio – Earsplit Compound

A Fucking Elephant 2012

New Jersey’s atypical progressive experimanglers A FUCKING ELEPHANT – who have been assaulting basements and forcing acoustic trauma since 2007 — will barricade themselves in the studio with engineer Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Behold… The Arctopus) this weekend to lay down two new tracks. The material being recorded is for a 7” the duo – drummer Greg Meisenberg and guitarist Matt Keys — will be releasing in January, in conjunction with a stateside tour to support it.

The newly-confirmed 7” will be A FUCKING ELEPHANT’s first new material since their split full-length with cohorts El Drugstore, which dropped in early 2011 via Nefarious Industries, a label created by members of both bands and other local allies. The new 7” will also be released through the label, and will be joined by other new titles in the coming months.

More info on the studio session and upcoming live actions will be released in the weeks ahead. In the meantime get nuts with live footage of one of the new songs to be recorded for the 7”, bearing the polished title I’m Addicted To Drugs And Sex And I Want You To Choke Me, right here:

I’m Addicted To Drugs And Sex And I Want You To Choke Me

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El Drugstore releases new track

Check out Widowmaker, featured on the first volume of the Sound Station Compilation.

“This track is sure to make the brain vomit.” – American Aftermath

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Sound Station Compilation Vol. 1

Contribute to a good cause and check out this awesome compilation from Sound Station, featuring Nefarious Industries artists including El Drugstore, A Fucking Elephant, and So is the Tongue. More info here.

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Review Stalker reviews A Fucking Elephant / El Drugstore split EP

“Your spine will bend a little when El Drugstore goes off the rails in what’s best described as a cacophony of uprooted trees being torn down by a bulldozer where Live at Pompei once stood.” – Review Stalker

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New So is the Tongue album + upcoming shows

Next week sees the release of So is the Tongue‘s new album, a Child of Divorce, limited to a pressing of 300 records on 180-gram 12″ black vinyl. Pre-orders ship immediately, include an instant download + rare bonus track, and are available at our store.

Curious what Nefarious Industries is all about? Don’t miss the string of epic shows coming up this weekend, showcasing all the noise we have to offer in all it’s nefarious glory:

Fri 1/13/2012 @ The Bikery – Philadelphia, PA
So is the Tongue, A Fucking Elephant, the DRX, Gun Muffs, +HIRS+
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Sat 1/14/2012 @ Sound Station – Westfield, NJ [matinee show]
Nefarious Industries showcase featuring So is the Tongue, El Drugstore, A Fucking Elephant, the DRX
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Sat 1/14/2012 @ The Loft – New Brunswick, NJ [night show]
So is the Tongue, A Fucking Elephant, the DRX, Lady in the Radiator
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Sun 1/15/2012 house show – Warwick, NY
Dead Channels, Tiger Flowers, So is the Tongue, A Fucking Elephant, the DRX, Pigeon

Mon 1/16/2012 @ Lit Lounge – New York, NY
Lazyblood (Iceland), So is the Tongue, So Hideous… My Love
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SO IS THE TONGUE: New Track And Album Details Available – Earsplit Compound

So is the Tongue

Bearing seven tracks containing over forty-three minutes of material, a Child Of Divorce was executed utilizing the talents of some of SO IS THE TONGUE’s close friends and associates; the instrumental tracks recorded at The Thousand Caves by Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice), the vocals recorded by Chris Alfano (East of the Wall) and the artwork completed by Nick Shellenberger (Cleric). a Child Of Divorce will be released on 180-gram LP format — limited to 300 copies — and deluxe digital download on January 17th, 2012. Tune in to stream “Either Way” and order the record in digital or limited LP formats right here. ORDER NOW and receive a rare bonus track, available only during the pre-order period leading up to the release date.

The band have also updated their upcoming live schedule with more January shows confirmed, including a four-date run comprised of all Nefarious Industries bands including A Fucking Elephant, El Drugstore and the DRX in addition to SO IS THE TONGUE. More dates are being confirmed for the coming weeks as well.

SO IS THE TONGUE January Tour Dates:
1/06/2012 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA w/ Tungs, A Fucking Elephant
1/13/2012 The Bikery – Philadelphia, PA w/ A Fucking Elephant, the DRX, Gun Muffs
1/14/2012 Sound Station – Westfield, NJ [matinee show] w/ El Drugstore, A Fucking Elephant, the DRX
1/14/2012 The Loft – New Brunswick, NJ [night show] w/ A Fucking Elephant, the DRX, more TBA
1/15/2012 house show – Warwick, NY w/ Dead Channels, Tiger Flowers, A Fucking Elephant, the DRX, Pigeon
1/16/2012 – Lit Lounge – New York, NY w/ Lazyblood (Iceland), So Hideous… My Love

Requests for digital promos of a Child Of Divorce, interviews with SO IS THE TONGUE, and coverage of the upcoming tour are all available now worldwide via Earsplit PR.

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The A Fucking Elephant / El Drugstore split EP is available at these fine record stores…

Siren Records, Doylestown, PA

Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ

The Sound Station, Westfield, NJ

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El Drugstore covers the Ren and Stimpy Theme for Charity!!

Another really sweet local record label, Nacht Records, had the great idea to release an album of local musicians covering TV theme songs for charity. Naturally, El Drugstore couldn’t resist the opportunity and laid down an interpretation of the Ren and Stimpy theme. There’s a whole bunch of other sweet shit on there too, so you should really check it out. $5 minimum donation to download, $7 minimum donation for a physical copy. All proceeds benefit the Mercy Center. 35 tracks of weirdo mayhem. Check it out now!!!

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We Love Metal reviews A Fucking Elephant / El Drugstore split EP

A Fucking Elephant and El Drugstore will be bands that weave the way into the future of live music. […] No matter how good this split is the tracks make you want to beat your way down to the club and see these guys live. The raw energy comes across well, but to see them live would be awesome.” – We Love Metal

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Sea of Tranquility reviews A Fucking Elephant / El Drugstore split EP

“After listening to the EP I am still slightly confused I must say. Is it Metal? Post rock? Rubbish? Nah that it isn’t, but difficult to place, yes. […] I am truly amazed by these wonders of rhythm on an almost instrumental EP.” – Sea of Tranquility

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What the hell is Nefarious Industries?

Hey there! So you’re probably wondering what all this nonsense is about. Basically, the 5 of us (Greg, Matt, Ro, Squid and I) wanted a place where we could release all of the stupid music we have cooped up in our brains. Since most of our ideas aren’t terribly marketable, we thought the best course of action was to start our own label for it, rather than going the traditional route.

The El Drugstore / A Fucking Elephant split EP (on sale now!) is our first attempt at a release through Nefarious Industries. It’s available both on CD and as a digital download. Future releases will often be digital only, and most likely in a “pay whatever the hell you want, including nothing” type of model. We’re only going to go physical for really special releases that we’re personally involved and invested in.

All that being said, we already have a few more releases planned. Next up will be the new So Is The Tongue record. We will have more details on that release coming soon. El Drugstore is nearly finished writing its full-length debut, and that should be coming out at some point in 2012. We’ll certainly be putting some more music out between those 2 releases, so make sure you keep up with us right here and on Facebook to stay up to date.

We’ll also be using this site as a platform to tell you about other bands, records and labels that we think are awesome. And maybe even other things that we think are awesome too. Like shrimp.

So that’s what you need to know about Nefarious Industries for the moment. Tell your friends.

Hugs and kisses,
Conway

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A FUCKING ELEPHANT // EL DRUGSTORE Split EP Now Available

OUT NOW! The “most putridly progressive and wildly warped split release of the year” is finally here.
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ThisIsNotAScene reviews A Fucking Elephant / El Drugstore split EP

“As more and more split releases seem to appear there cannot be many that are as progressively textured experimentally and as intriguingly sonically wanton as the split EP from A Fucking Elephant and El Drugstore. […] This release is a must for anyone who enjoys the creative output from bands like Mars Volta, Iwrestledabearonce, and Between the Buried and Me. Neither A Fucking Elephant nor El Drugstore sound close to any of those but share the same creative intrigue and expressive style.” – ThisIsNotAScene

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The One True Dead Angel reviews A Fucking Elephant / El Drugstore split EP

“Like King Crimson (an obvious influence on both bands), they manage to sound impressively gifted in the technical chops department without turning into a boring shred-fest — there’s plenty of instrumental wizardry going on, no question, but it’s all in service of engaging, ornate, and considerably original songs. This album is definitely recommended to prog-heads who like their complicated jams rendered with some serious physical weight.” – The One True Dead Angel

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Alternative Matter reviews A Fucking Elephant / El Drugstore split EP

“This split EP is a very entertaining introduction to the musical madhouse of A Fucking Elephant and El Drugstore and a brilliant way to celebrate the founding of Nefarious Industries.” – Alternative Matter

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Hellride Music reviews A Fucking Elephant / El Drugstore split EP

“Like something from the Pink Panther.” – Hellride Music

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American Aftermath reviews A Fucking Elephant / El Drugstore split EP

“Experimental, dirty, sludgy jams.” – American Aftermath

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Letters From A Tapehead reviews A Fucking Elephant / El Drugstore split EP

“Both A Fucking Elephant and El Drugstore, aside from brandishing wonderfully titled little ditties like ‘Just The Tip’ and ‘Shit-Eating Dog Kisses’, have an interesting idea of how progressive music melds with pigfuck-ish punk-infused metal. Different groups? Yes, but both savor the math, and fairly floss their teeth with their guitar strings.” – Letters From A Tapehead

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Gun Shy Assassin reviews El Drugstore / A Fucking Elephant split EP

“There’s a band called A Fucking Elephant, which is rad.” – Gun Shy Assassin

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EL DRUGSTORE and A FUCKING ELEPHANT: Split EP And Tour Confirmed For July – Earsplit Compound

“Humans beware; the most putridly progressive and wildly warped split release of the year is upon us! A total head-to-head freakout-fest featuring two of New Jersey’s premiere tech-prog-psycho metal acts.” – Earsplit PR

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