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Now Hear This: The Drin | Today My Friend You Drunk the Venom

These Cincinnati oddballs serve up a potent cocktail of clattery post-punk, acidic guitar jangle, dark krautrock, dub & more weirdness on their menacing third album.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Way out there. From up in the attic, in the village of Cincinnati, the third album from The Drin has arrived to commence 2023.

Cold rhythms reverberate through the layers of tape spliced together by Dylan McCartney and his impressive cadre of musical companions. The Drin spawned from a debut cassette edition of 50 on the Future Shock label, though they’ve since teamed up with both Drunken Sailor and Mangel to issue two LPs. Their loose, careening live unit features members of Corker, Crime of Passing, The Serfs and Fruit LoOops.

Today My Friend You Drunk the Venom is The Drin’s finest hour as a creative entity. McCartney’s incredible command of rhythm lies at the forefront of the mix, complemented by musicians that are able to seamlessly transport between post-punk, acid guitar jangle and krautish experimentalism. There’s even a stellar dub track on here. As much as contemporary artists tend to flaunt their affinity for the past, it’s entirely worthless to apply such trappings to The Drin. Their genre-expansive abilities and deep knack for rhythm and layering are something entirely new and futuristic. Ohio has never sounded so close to outer space.

The Drin are Cole Gilfilen, Dakota Carlyle, Dylan McCartney, Luke Corvette, Ryan Sennett and Eric Dietrich. Today My Friend You Drunk the Venom was recorded in the attic in the village by the cemetry whilst sick… The artwork is a piece titled Five and Dime Conjurers by Mike Ousley. Thanks for the hostility.”