Canton, Ohio has been the home to some of the top names in a variety of musical genres from R&B to Rock.Â These award winning and fan favorite legacies include the O’Jays, Marylin Manson, Relient K, and the Indie Rock sensation Lovedrug.Â â€œIt’s been years since we’ve been to Denver,â€ says Lovedrug lead singer, Michael Shepard, â€œWe’re excited to come back.â€Â On May 1, 2012, the band will be bringing their Canton roots and musical talents to Denver’s Hi-Dive Theater.
Lovedrug, in both name and sensibility is a self-proclaimed verb, “It’s not an aphrodisiac,” Â says Michael Shepard who created such a name after spending time at film school and found himself â€œdraggedâ€ back to his first love.Â â€œI love film,â€ he says, â€œI always have, ever since I was a kid.Â I wanted to write and direct and I still am but I got a little distracted,â€ he laughs. Â The distraction began in 2004 with a CD called,Â Pretend Your Alive, and the love of music has been a welcomed distraction ever since.Â Michael didn’t let go of film entirely though, in addition to assisting with the filming and artistic direction of their own music videos, he’s been participating in small projects in his spare time.Â Of course, when you have a band, with a new CD, and a national tour, spare time is hard to come by.
In March, Lovedrug released their newest CD, Wild Blood.Â Shepard explains the album is a youth anthem. Â “It’s about not giving up,Â overcoming the odds, and beating back the bully, both in ourselves and around us.”Â Â More than celebrating their youth, the band seems to be going through a reinvention.Â â€œWe took are time with this one,â€ he says, explaining the four year gap since their last CD, Sucker Punch Show.Â â€œWe wanted to get back to our roots and produce music that was genuine and organic.â€ Â He says it’s happened naturally, over a period of transition and frustration juxtaposed with success.Â â€œIt took a long time to get to this point.” he muses, â€œThere were some frustrations but everything happens for a reason, I truly believe that.â€
What can fans expect for the future? Shepard doesn’t have a clue.Â â€œIt’s an impossible question to answer,â€ he says after some thought.Â Although the future is uncertain, Shepard is certain of what his fans can expect for the present, especially as it concerns Lovedrug and Wild Blood. Â â€œI hope they feel inspired.â€ Â Wild Blood is a CD that is reminiscent of Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, in which Charlie talks about an evening spent laughing and listening to music with friends.Â â€œAnd in that moment,â€ he says, â€œI swear we were infinite.â€Â Wild Blood seems to describe such a moment for both the band and the audiences that love them now and the fans yet to come.
Lovedrug will perform in Denver’s Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway, on May 1, 2012.Â Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://www.hi-dive.com/event11167.Â Doors open at 7:00.Â The show includes performances by local favorites Take to the Oars and POst Paradise.Â For more information visit lovedrugmusic.com.