Drug Control: San Diego sXe Taking No Prisoners on “Decay” (PREMIERE)

Photo: Dan Rawe

I first sang Drug Control's praises on the site back at the beginning of 2017 when I named them one of 12 Newer Hardcore Bands to Check Out that year. Since then, the San Diego straight edge crew released Stabbed, a 7" that quickly became one of my favorite EPs of last year. 

Drug Control is coming back in 2018 with a new EP for the folks at New Age Records (US) and Straight & Alert Records (Europe) called Clear Sight. Today, I have the exclusive premiere of "Decay," a pissed-off blast of fast hardcore that clocks in at just over a minute, long enough for the Cali outfit to make their point.

"The song 'Decay' was a collaborative effort from the band," Drug Control singer Danny Lyerla tells me about the track. "We all threw in ideas for the music, and I wrote the lyrics. We are living in a day and age where people with racist and fascist ideologies feel like they can express them freely. We literally are moving backwards in terms of what should be happening with society here in the US, and elsewhere. These ideals should not be tolerated.

"You have to do what you can within your abilities to combat these things from resurfacing and become something that is normal and accepting within today’s society because it is literally a struggle to survive for people without certain inherent privileges (white, white passing, straight, cis, etc). We’ve made mistakes before and we can’t allow them to be made again."

Clear Sight was recorded with Alex Jacobelli at Sunsick Studios in San Diego, and was mastered by Will Dandy at Dead Air Studios in Massachusetts. Clear Sight will be out later this summer on New Age Records in the US and Straight & Alert Records in Europe. Drug Control will head out on a tour of Europe alongside Dedicate on July 19. See all of the dates for the trek below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

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