Work Drugs is an American dream pop duo from Philadelphia, founded by Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana. The live band currently consists of Crystal (vocals/guitar), alongside Louisiana (vocals / keys), Jonas Ohh (drums), Mr. Kansas City (bass), and Katie Nicks (vocals/percussions).
The band has three official LPs through botique Chicago based label Bobby Cahn Records and toured on the festival circuit in the United States, including SXSW and CMJ, as well as national support slots for the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Umphrey's McGee, Maps and Atlases, Battles, Peter, Bjorn & John, Sun Airway, Memoryhouse, Parts and Labor, J.Viewz, and more.
Work Drugs is a Philadelphia based recording project started by Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana on the banks of the Delaware River.
Self-described as a band that 'makes music specifically for boating, sexting, dancing, yachting, and living' or 'Philadelphia's premier Bat Mitzvah and Quinceanera party band', Work Drugs' name was given by their friend Eduardo S. as they were sailing the Baja of Mexico. Band members Tom and Ben bonded together in sailing school over music, which is when they started composing songs for their first album. Their music has been compared with that of Steely Dan by the Guardian website.
Their earliest efforts arrived sporadically in the form of singles ("Third Wave," "Dog Daze" and "Rad Racer"). On June 27, 2011 the duo released their first album "Summer Blood," which consisted of their first few singles and three acoustic recordings. Later that year they released their sophomore album "Aurora Lies." The album, released on November 7, 2011, was the bands first release to bring a collection of entirely previously unreleased tracks. On July 10, 2012, Work Drugs resurfaced with their third album, "Absolute Bearing."
In August 2011, the song "Rad Racer" was featured in the Urban Outfitters commercial for "Favorite Fall Jeans of 2011."
Work Drugs have played live shows across North America in cities such as Boston, New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. In April 2011, the group supported Northern Ireland-based indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club and Chicago indie rock band Maps & Atlases on a tour of the West Coast of the United States.