The Drug Rugs

Freaky, sparkly, and pop-y.

Freaky, sparkly, and pop-y. Grooves to make you sway.

Named after the hippie Baja hoodie; The Drug Rugs formed in 2016 in Halifax, NS with the goal of creating pop-y and psychedelia-infused rock that allowed them to push their creative instincts. Recalling and reinventing sounds from bands like the Smiths, Prince, The Strokes, St. Vincent, and The Cure, the Drug Rugs own a sound that is modern and unmistakably their own.

Since their inception, The Drug Rugs have showcased at Nova Scotia Music Week, Evolve Festival in New Brunswick, Into the Night festival in Halifax, won “Silver” for ”Best New Band” in The Coast’s Best Of, and have shared the stage with artists such as Mo Kenney, Said the Whale, Walrus, and Property.


 The Drug Rugs’ upcoming debut EP with producer Adam Warren (Glory Glory) is a concoction of songs both new and aged, showing the band’s fun, melodic, modern, and retro likings. While the title for EP is still under wraps,  the first single “Sandbar” is a surfy-pop tune following a girl at her wits-end with an unsatisfying partner. The other tracks on the EP will highlight issues of self doubt and losing yourself in your own fantasy. All packaged in an atmospheric and assertive pop record.  The EP was recorded at David Scholten’s studio Spaces Between in north-end Halifax with the final touches added by Brooklyn-based engineer Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Weezer). The Drug Rugs are ecstatic to finally release their long-awaited baby and invite listeners to step into their world.

“Sandbar” will be released on May 10th 2019, with the full EP coming Fall 2019.
You can catch The Drug Rugs next in Halifax, June 7th at The Seahorse supporting Moonwake and Calm Baretta.

The Drug Rugs are:

Laura Kempton

Emma LeBlanc

Marcus Tracey

Spencer McPhee


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