Work Drugs: Sailing Through Synth-Pop Seas

Philadelphia-based synth-pop duo Work Drugs, comprising Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana, along with their bandmates, have been creating waves in the music world since their inception. Born on the banks of the Delaware River, their journey began with a distinctive mission – to craft music ideal for boating, sexting, dancing, yachting, and living. Their unique sound and approach have earned them the title of “Philadelphia’s premier Bat Mitzvah and Quinceanera party band,” a testament to their versatility and appeal.

Work Drugs’ music is a melting pot of dream pop, new wave, synthpop, and chillwave, setting them apart in the electronic genre. Their debut in the music scene was marked by the release of singles like “Third Wave,” “Dog Daze,” and “Rad Racer,” which prefaced their first album, “Summer Blood,” in 2011. This album, along with its successor “Aurora Lies,” released in the same year, showcased the duo’s ability to blend catchy tunes with introspective lyrics.

The band’s early success was not just confined to studio recordings. Their song “Rad Racer” featured in a commercial for Urban Outfitters, and they embarked on tours across North America, supporting acts like Two Door Cinema Club, Maps & Atlases, and Peter Bjorn & John. This exposure helped them expand their fanbase and solidify their place in the indie music scene.

Over the years, Work Drugs continued to evolve and grow. Their discography expanded with albums like “Absolute Bearing,” “Delta,” “Mavericks,” and several more, each showcasing their development both in terms of musical complexity and lyrical depth. Their tracks often revolve around themes of love, life, and the experiences of youth, resonating with a wide audience.

One of the most compelling aspects of Work Drugs’ music is its nostalgic and ethereal quality. Songs like “West Coast Slide” and “Young Lungs” from the album “Mavericks” exemplify their ability to create an ambiance that transports listeners to different emotional landscapes. Their music videos, often directed by band member Thomas Crystal, add another layer to their artistic expression, combining visual aesthetics with their sonic identity.

Their journey is not just about music; it’s about creating an experience. Whether it’s through their lively performances, immersive music videos, or the whimsical charm of their lyrics, Work Drugs has managed to carve a niche in the indie music world. They embody the spirit of Philadelphia’s vibrant music scene, proving that music can be both fun and introspective, danceable and deep.

As they continue to sail through the synth-pop seas, Work Drugs remains a band that captures the essence of contemporary indie music. Their story is one of creativity, collaboration, and an unyielding passion for making music that moves both the body and the soul. For anyone looking to explore the smooth, synth-laden soundscapes of modern pop, Work Drugs is a band not to be missed.