The Adicts Get Set to Release Their Ninth Studio Album “All The Young Droogs”

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:: Marquis Theatre :: September 13 ::

By Bobbi Stark

With 37 years of history between them, and eight full length studio albums, The Adicts could easily be titled one of the worlds most experienced and influential punk bands. Born to the town of Ipswich, nestled in the outskirts of Suffolk, England, these punk rock legends have spent decades touring.

Among their eight albums of consistently up-beat, easy to sing-along to rock and roll, sit a few records that still serve as punk pock staples today. Songs of Praise, originally released in 1981, harbored several of the bands most recognized tunes, including “Viva la Revolucion” and “Just Like Me.” Only a year later, Sound of Music was released, featuring songs that offer empathy to listeners living alternative and diverse lifestyles, such as “Joker in the Pack,” “Easy Way Out” and on a later re-release of the album, “Too Young”.

Starting September 6, The Adicts will kick off their umpteenth tour in order to promote their ninth full length studio album, All The Young Droogs, which will be released on September 11 on DC-Jam Records.

Singer Keith “Monkey” Warren, in a recent interview with The Marquee, said that the album was intended, at least somewhat, to appeal to a broad base of fans. “It’s another Adicts album, so it’s not really your typical punk rock album. It’s us being eclectic, and being ourselves. We’re all happy with it — the songs still have that Adicts vibe to it — but it still has a modern sound. Hopefully, its got a little something for everybody,” said Warren.

Although only three of its four original members remain, Monkey, Pete “Dee” Davison, and Michael “Kid Dee” Davison still stand strong as the main songwriters in The Adicts. However, with two members living in L.A., two in London, and one in Madrid, songwriting has definitely changed. Monkey explained, “The writing process has changed over the years, we used to rehearse day in and day out, get songs ready, then go back to the studio and record them. Since we don’t live in the same countries anymore, it makes it a little harder to get together and rehearse. Technology has caught up with us a bit, so we can share files and ideas much easier than we could before. But basically, we go into the studio with some half-assed ideas about songs and kind of just work it out there, which makes it more interesting for us because we don’t really know what we’re going to end up with.”

Monkey continued that despite all the stage theatrics and basic antics of The Adicts, there is still a lot of effort that goes into the group. “In order to maintain this kind of longevity, you really have to work at it. You have to take care of yourself, and you have to take pride in your craft, and consider it a craft —the more you put into it the more you’re going to get out,” said Monkey.

Although the term “punk band” may bring to mind images of colorful mohawks, studded leather jackets, and rebellious attitudes, The Adicts shine brightly as an entirely different breed. “We’ve been labeled a punk rock band, which is fine and I absolutely don’t have any problems with that, but it sometimes closes some doors for us, because I think we have more to offer than that,” said Monkey.

He added, “We’re not a political band, so when we play a show, its more about escapism and entertainment. People come out to have fun, to get away from some of their problems — there’s no preaching, no pushing anything down anyones throats, its just a good time for everybody.”

:: The Adicts ::

:: Marquis Theatre :: September 13 ::

 

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