There are those who say that Drugstrore were never finer than on their self-released debut ‘Alive’, and there is something in what they say. Certainly the cleaned up version that appeared on their eponymous debut set was not a patch on the bleak, mysterious depths of the 7”. There were other delights on that album, however, including other singles ‘Solitary Party Groover’ and ‘Nectarine’. “I still have the knife that I used to get rid of that guy” is a great line, isn’t it?
‘Starcrossed’ though is the one that still thrills me the most, from its 10” format with the beautiful murky painting on the sleeve (and the eye-catching blue of the earrings) through to the eerie charm of Isabel Monteiro’s voice and the push-pull of densely pulsating guitars.
That 10” also has another couple of fine Drugstore moments, including the crystal clear and icy clean ‘Accelerate’ (there’s a lovely demo version of the same song on the ‘Modern Pleasure’ 7” from the Rough Trade singles club release. Remember that series?) plus the Four-track demo of ‘Fader’ with those lines about ghosts by your side and making so many mistakes down in your youth. Sharp fragility. Soft yet strong, yet again. Drugstore - 'Starcrossed'