Drugdealer, the project led by Los Angeles-based MichaelCollins, is pleased to announce their new album, Raw Honey, due for release April19th on MexicanSummer. RawHoney continues where Drugdealer’s debut album, The End of Comedy, left off, with Collins once again leading an ace crew of collaborators to coalesce the spirit of Drugdealer’s classically modern pop.
Built on the foundation of a creative partnership between Collins, SashaWinn (vocals) andShagsChamberlain (bass, production), Drugdealer is more a collective than band. RawHoneywas engineered by MacDeMarco and features contributions of JoshDaCosta (drums),JacksonMacIntosh (guitar), DannyGarcia (guitar), MichaelLong (lead guitar), and BenjaminSchwab (backing vocals, guitar, organ, piano, wurlitzer), as well as guest vocalists like country balladeer DougiePoole (“Wild Motion”), HarleyHill-Richmond (“Lonely”), and frequent collaborator NatalieMering (WeyesBlood) whose dulcet tones sing low before soaring on“Honey,” a track as silky as the nectar itself.
Throughout RawHoney, Collins and crew display their influences as a new tapestry, one woven with the recycled fibers from thousands of tapestries that have colored our collective listening histories. As evidenced throughout RawHoney, Collins has an ear for penning numbers that would sound as at home on Classic Rock radio as they would at Zebulon in Los Angeles, where any of the contributors to RawHoney could, perhaps, be found on any night of the week, on stage, or in the audience supporting another Angelino’s modern pop aspirations.
Rather than hiding behind a curtain or casually sidestepping AOR tropes, RawHoney adheres to a modern kind of creation — one that cultivates influences and espouses reverence. An honest totem, RawHoney isn’t tangled up in social norms, with Collins preferring to air his self-doubt as a northern star to guide like-minded people wherever they need to go.
After playing release shows in both LA and NYC in April, Drugdealer will tour Europe this spring and North America this summer. All tour dates are on-sale this Friday, with tickets availablehere.
01. You’ve Got To Be Kidding
04. Lost In My Dream
06. If You Don’t Know Now, You Never Will
07. Wild Motion
08. London Nightmare
09. Ending On A Hi Note
Drugdealer Tour Dates:
Fri. April 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom (Raw Honey Release Show)
Fri. April 19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel (Raw Honey Release Show)
Sun. May 12 – Manchester, UK @ YES
Mon. May 13 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug and Pint
Tue. May 14 – Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
Wed. May 15 – London, UK @ The Dome Tufnell Park
Thu. May 16 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Fri. May 17 – Cologne, DE @ Gewölbe GmbH
Sun. May 19 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega (Small Hall)
Mon. May 20 – Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
Thu. May 23 – Brussels, BE @ Witloof Bar
Sat. May 25 – Amsterdam, NL @ De Nieuwe Anita
Wed. July 10 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Fri. July 12 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda Inside
Sat. July 13 – Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
Sun. July 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Mon. July 15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Tue. July 16 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Wed. July 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Sun. July 21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
Mon. July 22 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
Tue. July 23 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
Wed. July 24 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Sat. July 27 – Calgary, AB @ Palomino Social Club
Mon. July 29 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Tue. July 30 – Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Cabaret
Wed. July 31 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Fri. Aug. 2 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Sun. Aug. 4 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriets