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The best kept secret in music



If DROP were any heavier they'd risk sinking into the abyss.. not that thats a bad thing. Fact is, these Chicago-based rockers often come across as a bastardized blend of Black Sabbath and Godsmack, with wall-shaking guitar passages battling with soul-scorching vocals for musical prominence. In addition to "raw" under produced nature of "Suckerpunch" (the bands first national release) adds to the metalic fury which propels these proceedings along ata plodding, intimidating pace. - Hit Parader

"DROP, Suckerpunch"

Dark Star Records Release Date: 5/4/04
Sucker punches are for sneaky punks who would only fight you when they have twenty friends there to back 'em up. Real tough guys will square up one on one and Chicago's Drop do exactly that by getting in your face and popping you in the eye with a stiff jab ala Ali. Their twin guitar attack creates crunchy riffs in the vein of Godsmack bringing power to solid tracks like Walk Away, Somebody, Fall, Spore and my favorite of the record Superdead which has a riff that would make Tony Iommi a little jealous. While Suckerpunch is their third record overall, it's the first to be available nationwide which means Drop have turned pro. After you've digested my lame boxing metaphors, go check out Suckerpunch from the new heavyweight contenders- Drop.
www.drop-music.com - East Coast Romper Magazine

"Band Picks up Steam"

By Elisabeth Mistretta Daily Herald Staff Writer
Posted 5/8/2004
After three albums, five years together and scores of shows, the members of the suburban band Drop may be on the brink of making it big.

At 7 p.m. today Tower Records in Bloomingdale will host a release party for the rock group's third CD "Suckerpunch." This is their first album to be distributed nationally. In June, Drop will shoot a video for their song "Superdead." And after that, they'll be on their way to performance dates around the country.

Their big year started in January, when Itasca-based Dark Star Records approached Drop members Jamie Little of Wheaton, Patrick Davey of Hoffman Estates, Russ Stevens of Des Plaines, Jimmy Haboush of Algonquin and Andy Smith of Bartlett.

Other labels had already offered to sign Drop, but Dark Star President Jeffrey Swanson said his company won the band over with a fair financial deal.

"I had known them on the local scene for a number of years and had seen them play at a lot of different clubs," Swanson said.

But it was when Drop lost their original vocalist and recruited Stevens as their new singer that Swanson vowed Dark Star had to have them.

"When I checked out the new CD, I was just blown away by it," said Swanson. "I really liked the new singer, and I wanted to work with them right away."

With a hard rock sound that guitarist Davey compares to bands like Godsmack or Alice in Chains, the group has landed gigs at Chicago's House of Blues and The Double Door, opening for the likes of Anthrax and Iron Maiden. They also have traveled around the country with the Vans Warped Tour.

With these prominent venues under their belt, the group still faces a major obstacle: Chicago area fans.

"Trying to develop a following is very difficult," Swanson said. "What the local clubs all want is cover bands and tribute bands.

"It's not like in New York, where there's a certain sense of excitement about seeing a band who is going to be the next big thing. You can make it in Chicago; it's just going to be a bit harder."

Swanson points to groups like the Smashing Pumpkins and Disturbed as examples of local bands that did well.

After almost five years of performances, Davey says Drop's name is finally getting some recognition.

"It pays off" Davey said. "After a show, we come to the same place a few months later, and the crowd gets a little bigger."

Plus, the new exposure that comes with national album distribution will help. Davey said Tower Records will have "Suckerpunch" in the store's listening stations, so curious music-lovers can preview the CD.

And with hopes that sales work in their favor, the members plan to release a DVD this fall and continue performing.

"This is the highest level of steam we've ever had," Davey said. "Every year things have gotten bigger: our tours and fan base. With this album going national, this is a huge, huge deal for us."
- Daily Herald

"Metal band Drop is on the rise"


Drop is a heavy metal band with a steel resolve to succeed in the music business. Comprised of area guys, Drop has gone from local favorite to regional star in just five years, playing venues like Tweeter Center and House of Blues, and events like Lollapalooza and the Warped Tour. The band is now touring the country and garnering an ever-growing fan base.

With the release of its third CD, "Suckerpunch" (Direct Impact), the band is excited about its first nationally-distributed recording, available now at stores like Tower Records and Borders, as well as most area music stores. It should also become available soon through Amazon.com.

Drop has become a serious business, with a cadre of music professionals working behind the scenes: producers, distributors, booking agencies and publicists.

"This CD shows what the band really has to offer," said rhythm guitarist Pat Davey, 31, of Hoffman Estates. Davey noted that the band's prior two recordings were more "'90's-influenced grunge with just one vocalist. 'Suckerpunch' is more melodic, with harmony and backing vocals," he said.

Lead vocalist Russ Stevens initiated the idea of other band members singing, by "letting the mikes fly free, and then figuring out who else wanted to sing," he said. The band's lyricist, Stevens joined Drop a year-and-a-half ago.

"I had known the guys in the band for years," Stevens recalled. "We had done shows together. When the original singer left and they called me, I was very interested. I had decided: 'I'm either going into a band that's signed or is on the verge of making it,'" he said.

Stevens is quite happy with the band's progress, going so far as to say that he has already achieved what he wanted in music.

"I always wanted to be in a band that was a regional success. We've already done that. I'm making money enough to support my family. I'm really happy with where I'm at."

Stevens, 33, lives in Des Plaines with his wife, Gina, and their two children, noting that they stay home while he is on the road.

"I've become a master juggler," he said.

The ability to add vocals with Drop has been appreciated by lead guitarist Jimmy Haboush of Algonquin.

"I started out as a drummer at age 5, picked up guitar over the years, and made the switch to guitar at age 17. I wanted to ham it up and be out front. So singing, too, is great," he said, praising Stevens for being so creative and open-minded on sharing vocal presentation.

Haboush is 37 and has been playing in bands his whole life, making it as a musician is steady goal he has hung on to over the years. A primary songwriter for Drop, Haboush typically composes new material on his acoustic guitar, then brings it to the band. Stevens writes music, too, and does all the lyrics for the band. Davey contributes songs as well.

"The three of us are the main songwriting force," said Davey, "but the whole band gives input on their parts."

Drummer Jamie Little, 31, of Wheaton and bassist Andy Smith, 30, from Bartlett round out the group, serving as the foundation for Drop's self-described "wall of guitar-driven hard rock," which is the mainstay of this heavy metal band.

"Our influences include Mettalica, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains and Godsmack," said Davey. "We have a wider audience base with our sound than the new metal bands because we appeal to young and old. We can now play an 'all ages' concert."

"I listened to everything growing up," said Haboush, "Elton John, Heart, Kiss, even Sade. I love '70s rock and I still listen to it. But heavy metal is what I always liked the most".

"Suckerpunch" offers up a heavy metal buffet of well-produced tracks, with precision timing, interesting riffs -- also known as "ear candy" -- dynamic, rage-infused vocals and, of course, noise, noise, noise.

One track from the CD stands out as noticeably different. "Toward the Sun" begins with a thin guitar sound and softer vocals. Written by Haboush and Stevens, it is about the passing of Haboush's mother.

"She always supported my music," said Haboush. "She even played piano with me at home and we would sing. She let me be who I wanted to be."

So how tough are these guys anyway? The Drop press photo depicts five men with bad-boy posturing, scowling faces and be-chained necklines.

"We're pretty bad guys all around, but we're good guys, too," quipped Stevens.

Drop's Web site -- www.drop-music.com -- details the band's schedule and tours.
- Pioneer Press


"Perfect Absolution" released October 1998 indie.

"Pitifully Human" released November 2000 indie.

"Suckerpunch" released May 2004 Darkstar Records.

First single "What You Say" from Suckerpunch released to radio April 2004.

Second single "Walk Away" from Suckerpunch released to radio July 2004.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Evolution. Survival of the fittest. Call it what you will, but there are often concrete reasons why some bands make it and some don’t. The best rock bands make memorable, compelling music, put on live shows that leave their fans speechless, and handle their business like it matters. DROP is one of those bands. In the five years of their existence, they have gone from square one to being an established draw and merchandising machine on the Midwest hard rock circuit. They have played venues in their hometown of Chicago, IL like the Double Door and House Of Blues, done four years on the Van’s Warped Tour, three appearances at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI, and this year they were added to dates on Lollapalooza, they have also gone out on their own national tours. Music from their first two CDs “Perfect Absolution” and “Pitifully Human” has received airplay on Midwest radio stations 94.7 The Zone and WIIL (IL), Lazer 103 and Rock 102 (WI), and WKRNA (IA). The band’s website, www.drop-music.com, gets up to 1000 hits a day from their fans looking for show info and downloads of new music and they have built a substantial underground following by being broadcast on numerous internet radio stations. They have also gotten press coverage in the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, and Illinois Entertainer.

Now, with the release of their third CD “Suckerpunch” (Direct Impact), DROP is ready to take advantage of their experience, grow their fan base even larger, and put on public display the changes time and touring have put them through. The most noticeable change is the welcome addition of new lead vocalist Russ Stevens. Stevens is a rock singer in the classic sense, able to go from a whisper to a scream and back again and bring an entire audience with him. The rest of the band (guitarists Jimmy Haboush and Pat Davey, bassist Andy Smith, and drummer Jamie Little) has remained constant and that familiarity paired with the new energy Stevens brings to the table has resulted in the most productive writing and recording sessions in the group’s history. New songs like “What You Say,” “Somebody,” and “Walk Away” rock on a level DROP has never before achieved while continuing to build on the band’s original sound, which has drawn comparisons to Drowning Pool, Godsmack, Black Sabbath, and Alice In Chains.

There is no doubt to anyone who has seen or heard DROP that they pack the gear needed to take their music to the world. They are fully prepared to keep touring, keep selling out shows, and to continue down the road of rage and redemption they put themselves on in the beginning. The release of “Suckerpunch” will prove to new fans what those close to the band have known all along: The only difference between DROP and a million dollar band is the million bucks.