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Everything Starts... Tour Bootleg
Militia Group

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

March 28, 2007
Lovedrug certainly seems intent on maxing out their mileage with the tracks for their latest album, Everything Starts Where It Ends. Before the proper album hit the shelves the band issued a five song EP, Everything Starts…, hoping to whip their fan base into a frenzy for the real thing. Then came the Best Buy acoustic four-song Bonus EP with songs from their debut Pretend You're Alive. And now, the Everything Starts… Tour Bootleg EP has found its way to the masses.

Recorded live in November of last year at Club Spaceland in Los Angeles, the EP showcases Lovedrug's ability to maintain their studio sound in the live setting. "The Monster" starts things off and treads the same musical path found on the album. "Thieving," the Tour Bootleg's highlight, finds Shepard taking the spotlight, his uniquely piercing vocals clearly setting Lovedrug apart from other commercial rock acts. Lovedrug stand as a band apart, and this striking ballad reveals why.

"American Swimming Lesson" shoves as aggressively in concert as it does in the studio, and Shepard's vocals translate well. Tight harmonies also work well to set this track apart. Finally, the EP closes with "It Won't Last" from the debut Pretend You're Alive, which fails to appropriately close things out despites its seven-minute run time.

While the Tour Bootleg EP proves that Lovedrug isn't a just studio band bound to producers to make them sound good, there simply isn't anything here that wasn't already available - no extra tracks or derivations of ones you already know. The band gets a 10 for their live chops, but Tour Bootleg isn't much more than a filler disc to entice the already convinced.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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