Golden Drugs

Premiere DateJun 15, 2015
Categories Media Music
00:00 Introducing Golden Drugs
02:00 Appalachian Blood Golden Drugs
07:50 Struggling Attacker Golden Drugs
13:28 Ghost Song Golden Drugs
20:10 Mic Break
20:24 Interview with Drew Pearson
34:54 Mic Break
35:54 Wayward Snout Golden Drugs
46:13 Diary of a Mumbler Golden Drugs
47:25 Friends Golden Drugs
51:26 Finish

Photo courtesy of Drew Pearson

Hello and welcome to Discovery Corner on BTR!

Being in a band is a bit like being in an open relationship–if you don’t have complete honesty chances are it’ll fall apart.

Drew Pearson was vocalist in the Oakland-based group Twin Steps, a trio that paid proper doo-wop homage to ‘60s classics with a helping of experimental rock and roll. The group was successful, but for Pearson the spark was dying out fast. He needed to find it again.

It was the love of music that would eventually align his path with drummer Chris Natividad and bassist Tyler Bell to form Golden Drugs.

Their communal joy has a way of transcending even our corporeal planes. Pearson is quite candid about telepathically communicating with his band mates. Whether they’re in the middle of playing or sitting down for the songwriting process, it’s hardly necessary for anyone to utter a word. Each member in the trio is aware of what the other person likes, what they’re going to do, and so as Pearson explains “the future shoots out” like it’s not even planned.

Given the oddball subject matter of their songs (failed cult leaders, machete murders, and ghosts that adopt the dirty habits of the living are all but a few), telepathy doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch.

Songs lull and daze before abruptly careening into discomfited freak outs and swirling incantations. Rhythms lurch and self destruct. Then there are moments of surreal, mantra-inducing meditations.

Suffice it to say, pinpointing a specific and all-encompassing “sound” for Golden Drugs is a bit like throwing your favorite genres into a word blender and rolling around in the goo that comes out.

But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself.

And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on Golden Drugs!


Zach Schepis worked at BTR from 2013-2017 as an intern, staff writer, podcast producer, and Editor-in-Chief for BTRread.