Sunday Sounds: Lovedrug, “Dinosaur” & States, “Timebomb”

November 2008 was memorable time; one characterized by extreme highs and lows, but ultimately the good won out. One thing that helped make that month better was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, a truth that still holds three years later.

It was a show off of the Copeland / Lovedrug / Lydia / Lights tour. At that time I had already loved Copeland and Lovedrug, but unfortunately had not listened to Lydia, despite having seen their name attached to several tours with bands that I did know and love, Brighten among them (I was oblivious to Lights, but when she and came on stage, those Old Navy commercials made sense. She’s so much fun!) I’ve since come to absolutely love Lydia (more on them at a later date), and I’m thankful for that tour, and for Copeland for choosing that lineup (as Aaron Marsh pointed out that night).

Last week both Lovedrug and States (which has members from Copeland and Lydia) came out with music videos for the first singles from their upcoming albums; Lovedrug with “Dinosaur” and States with “Timebomb”.

Lovedrug is always evolving their sound and Michael Shepard’s voice is wonderfully and consistently so keen and acute, which, when paired with his fantastically evocative lyrics, are completely enthralling. Naturally, “Dinosaur” is a song that sets quite a seductive mood. As for the video, I’m always a fan of badass women in masks wreaking havoc… and that ending!

Lovedrug also released a preview video for an updated version of “Pink Champagne”, which was first released on their EP Part 1 [of a trilogy]. I loved the song then and I love what they’ve done with it now.

Nearly a year after they first released Line ‘Em Up, States gave us a new track, “Timebomb”. Again, Mindy White has blown me away with her vocals, getting a bit of a growl going on here. She also has a penchant for cleverly written culture-critical lyrics without trite admonishment, as was the case in Line ‘Em Up’s “Falling For” and “Generation”. I also love that this is the track where the album’s title, Room to Run, comes from! The video itself is delightfully whimsical; Stacy Fahey’s art is gorgeous to say the least.

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