ListenSD and BLK OWL are teaming up to bring Work Drugs to San Diego on August 28th at U-31 with local favorites, Idyll Wild and Swim Team.

You can purchase tickets to the show here.


We got the chance to chat with Work Drugs about their new record, Runaways, what they need to survive on tour and what’s coming up next for them!

What is your single favorite thing about your new record, Runaways?

I think our favorite thing about this new album is the production value. We’ve really taken this record leaps and bounds ahead of where we were in terms of fidelity and mixing. With every record we’ve made we’ve learned new and interesting tricks after countless hours in the studio. The other thing that excites us about this album are the variety of players we have as guests on the tracks. We think you’ll be surprised.

Which 2014 releases have excited or inspired you guys?

Both Ben and I have really been enjoying the new Yumi Zouma album that our friends at Cascine have put out. Great songwriting and oh so smooth.

There’s some pretty bodacious slap bass on “Double Life”. Do you have any background in funk and whose idea was that?

Well our bass player Nero Catalano aka Mr Kansas City is a mean bass slapper. Slap bass is one of those things that either really works, or really doesn’t work. In this case it seemed like it fit well with the song, so we just left it. Thanks for noticing!

If you could be on the bill with any artist, who would it be?

While they never have opening bands, I’d personally love to tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. There is something magical and inspiring about their live performance. I’d also like to know what they’re taking in order to play a 3 hour set night after night.

On tour, what do you need to survive?

A good play list, deep dish pizza, and plenty of Reeses.

Which artist that you have supported did you learn the most from?

I would say that we learned the most in terms of managing a tour from our tour with Umphrey’s McGee. They were super professional guys and very friendly. They knew how to treat opening bands well and that’s something I’ll always remember.

Interview By: Dennis Moon