Wonderdrug is the brainchild of identical twin songwriter/producers Marc
and Eric Klee Johnson. Eric and Marc compose the group's material and
are the band's visionaries. Marc's voice is a nicotine-stained
concoction of John Lennon and Robert Pollard and his guitar playing is
equal parts Jane's-era Navarro and Tommy-era Townsend. Twin-bro Eric is
a noted indie rock producer, who has worked with artists such as
Transmatic, Toxic Reasons, and Elektolab, his bass playing calls to mind
vintage Tommy Stinson. Kelley Milligan is perhaps most responsible for
the uniqueness of the Wonderdrug sound. Milligan is a classically
trained singer but she does not let that get in her way of her
rock-n-roll fantasy. Kelley is a rock icon with a voice and look that is
truly mesmerizing; Milligan's voice will call to mind Debby Harry one
minute, Grace Slick the next; however, never always her own.
Since its inception, Wonderdrug has built up a rich catalog of original material. 15 songs of which can be heard on Wonderdrug's debut album "HI!"(Indie 500) released in 1999. Since that time the group has toured relentlessly building a strong fan base and critical notoriety both as a headliner and opening act for Staind, The Cult, Stabbing Westward, Oleander, Tantric, Dust For Life, Local H, Vertical Horizon, Matchbox 20, The Cranberries, and Semisonic. The group's website, www.wonderdrug.net is a popular online meeting forum for the group's fans. Wonderdrug has received airplay on Modern Rock and AAA radio as well as television play as part of national ad campaign for Monsoon Car Audio. The Monsoon spots include Wonderdrug songs “Supersonic Daydream,” and “Star Trip” and are part of a Volkswagen ad campaign that also features The Verve, The Orb, and Spiritualized.
The Drug is currently recording tracks for a new album; the first single "Automatic" is already saturating the airwaves of some select Midwest modern rock stations. Wonderdrug recently shot a video for the album's second single, "Salvation" with director Nate Weaver. To hold fans over until the release of the next Wonderdrug full-length album, the band will release a 4-song EP entitled “Automatic” that will hit stores soon.
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