June 8, 2016

EP: Drug Pizza - Return to Content Mountain

Return to the nineties with Drug Pizza.

Any kid presently or previously disillusioned with the modern state of music (or “The Scene,” if you’re so inclined), has had an affair with the restless mutterings of the nineties. Obvious examples include Malkmus’ breezy monologues, or maybe the laments of Guided by Voices blasting through car speakers as you sit in strip mall lot after watching the music video to "1979" for the first, glorious time. Hey, we’ve all done it. New York's Drug Pizza, however, reminds us that the lovably sardonic isn’t just limited to the decade before the aughts.

Drug Pizza's Return to Content Mountain fittingly opens with vocalist Madeline Steinberg's provocative vocals delivering an ode to the apathy surrounding the memories and mannerisms associated with an ex-something. On "Go Away" she sings, “The way you curl your fingers / The way you comb your hair / I just don’t get it / I just don’t care.” It’s a numbing technique used by the jilted and/or romantically averse since we’ve been able to feel anything at all – if we pretend the hurt or desire isn’t there, it isn’t. The theme of self-inflicted detachment languidly winds throughout the rest of the EP, with the voice behind "No Reaction" plainly proclaiming, “You cut your hair / Now you don’t look the same / It’s only fair / That I should also change.” The frankness of the sentiment transforms loss into a business transaction of sorts – instead of facing the fact head-on, it’s easier to erase the parts of yourself that once cared in the first place. Combined with playful chords and tongue-in-cheek guitar solos, Drug Pizza persuades listeners to revisit their own repressed fervors, but not without soaking them in a spiked punch bowl of modern stoicism first.



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Lauren Ball, an investigative journalism student based in Chicago, IL. She's excited to help derail the patriarchy and overturn capitalistic power structures, but is trying not to get too dramatic here. Check out her work in American Songwriter Magazine, Highlight Magazine, Esoteric Zine, and her poetry in Sobotka Literary Magazine.