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Canton OH, United States

Formed in Canton, Ohio in 2002, Lovedrug is currently comprised of Michael Shepard (vocals, guitar, piano), Jeremy Gifford (guitar, synthesizers), Thomas Bragg (bass), and James Childress (drums). The band’s often-misconstrued name is something of a word play; Shepard initially left music to attend film school but his first ‘love’ of the music medium ‘dragged’ him back (thus “Lovedrug”; a verb, not an aphrodisiac).

Lovedrug drew nationwide attention with two independent EPs in 2003 and 2004, followed by the highly acclaimed debut full-length Pretend You’re Alive in July 2004 on indie The Militia Group (Sony). The fastest selling debut in label history, Militia upstreamed the band to parent label Columbia Records for a planned rerelease in March 2005 around the radio single “Spiders”. Though unrelated corporate purging at Columbia left many plans stillborn, Lovedrug toured heavily, including dates with The Killers, Robert Plant, Switchfoot, and Coheed & Cambria, and established a sizable American following.

By late 2006, Lovedrug had a new album’s worth of material and, to avoid continued upheaval at Columbia, returned to The Militia Group to release Everything Starts Where It Ends in March of 2007. The album was well received, selling close to 30k albums in several months on the back of Japanese and North American touring, including two headline runs and tours with Sparta and Blue October.

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  • Starry-skies

    They deserve more listeners.. [2]

    5 May 7:29pm Reply
  • forgetmenot

    wow, they're still together?

    6 Jan 3:19pm Reply
  • Icarus0428

    They deserve more listeners..

    1 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Quanticdream_

    Salt Of The Earth <3

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • J0keR2

    Good music for my soul <3

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Britrock16

    "we'll fight through hipster hell"?

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Tiny_Heart

    everything starts where it ends <3

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • RyanTMcDermid

    The track "Dinosaur" won't play for some reason, you may want to contact Last.fm. It's a great track though!

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • SexWithMinors

    not sure why a naturally gifted vocalist would choose to make it sound like there's mashed potatoes in his mouth, but it's still good.

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • theflor

    Check out this great podcast with Lovedrug. Cool insight into their music: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/who-writes-this-stuff/id435321427

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Puuch

    His voice is my Lovedrug. Rrrrrock on!

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • AMAAS

    I'm so consumed with "Wild Blood". I'm pretty critical about bands' new albums. Especially after a long delay. "Wild Blood" was worth every minute of the wait. It might be their best album already. "Everything Starts Where It Ends" might still hold that title, but not for long. Both are sooo good!

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • DreadfulHero

    It's funny how I can pick out other band influences specifically for each album: 1) Sunny Day Real Estate, 2) Muse (and a lot of other bombastic bands, I guess), 3) Queens of the Stone Age, 4) U2. Does anyone else get the U2 vibe from this new one?

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • narcoleptic953

    My review of the new record: http://www.rockfreaks.net/albums/4704

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • SimoneBerlioz

    <3

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • 05061985

    Hopefully pick up the album tomorrow. Ordered it on violet vinyl last week. Stoked to get it.

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Confury

    The new songs from the new album are great, although I like the EP versions of past songs more than the album versions (Ladders, Pink Champagne, etc). Favorites off the new album are easily Dinosaur, Wild Blood, and Revival. Only song I'm not really a fan of is Girl. Also, am I the only one that really kind of detests the guitar solo in Dinosaur?

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • colinhummel

    Loving Wild Blood more with continuous listens

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • S9DallasOz

    'Wild Blood' really is an awesome album.

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • beefdurk

    New record is great!

    24 Feb 2012 Reply
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