Craig Owens has been making no secret of his plans to reinstate D.R.U.G.S at it’s rightful place as the scene’s crown jewel. We know damn well he’s been working on new material – he even went as far as to announce a North American headline tour. Now, in a further development, it’s been revealed that former I Killed The Prom Queen / Bring Me The Horizon guitarist Jona Weinhofen will be officially joining the band as their new axeman.
“One of the things I’m going to have to be explaining to people is, ‘What is a Straight Edge guy doing in a band called D.R.U.G.S?'” Australia’s own Weinhofen begins in a video posted to D.R.U.G.S’ social media.
Weinhoffen details the elation he felt hearing the demos sent through from Owens, praising them as the ultimate union of melody and chug. “This is the perfect opportunity for me to get back behind the guitar again, after having quite a bit of time off.” Weinhoffen says in the video, “They’ve been sitting there collecting dust, and I’m stoked to bust them out and get on the road again.”
Also known as Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, D.R.U.G.S blew the lid off the scene back in 2011 with their unexpected self-titled debut. Such is the impact of an album-that-could, fans have been crying from the rooftops for more ever since.
Following news of D.R.U.G.S’ return, BLUNT spoke with Owens, who explained that his tenure as badXchannels led him back to a path of writing heavy, melodic hits. “It was a head trip leading into it,” he explained. “To start writing D.R.U.G.S. again was like, ‘Okay. I know exactly what to do. I know exactly what this needs to sound like, what kind of record it needs to be.’ And until you have that epiphany as an artist, you’re kind of just chasing other people’s vision or a past vision, and I would never just phone in a project ever, because I want to leave a legacy.”
Mum’s still the word on any further release information, but it’s clear that D.R.U.G.S are back in the room, now to play the waiting game.