Strumbellas’ drummer steps in front of mic with new solo album

By Ryan Oliver

Jeremy Drury. Photo: Mike Oksman.

After close to a decade touring with The Strumbellas, Lindsay-raised drummer Jeremy Drury is stepping out of his comfort zone and in front of the microphone to share his voice and stories.

A project years in the making, Drury shared the exclusive premier of his first single “Pour Another” with the Lindsay advocate in 2018. Since then, has found time during this world-wide downtime to finalize his debut solo album.

Drury has done it all. Chart-topping music, gold and platinum sales, international touring, countless awards, and late-night television performances.

There’s also been song placements that include the likes of Universal Pictures, Fox Sports and American Idol. He brings together his own stories, his own experiences and fulfills a lifelong goal of releasing his own material with his debut album.

On Aug. 28 “Company Store” will be released worldwide. It features songs that are introspective and speak to Drury’s personal experiences, his inner battles and relationships both with himself and others.

It’s a more straight ahead rock and roll take than his work with The Strumbellas. The song “Doing it Right” brings to mind Jeremy’s heavier roots which were first developed in the pioneering Lindsay punk act, “Fat Chance” in the 1990s.

The album features 10 songs, all written and performed by Drury, though Andrew Exworth, another Lindsay alum, plays guitar on two tracks. John Dinsmoore, having previously worked with everyone from Sarah Harmer, Bahamas and Wooden Sky, brings his engineering prowess to the album. The album is mixed by Dave Shiffman (PUP, The Strumbellas, The Darcys) and mastered by Harold Hess (Arkells, Danko Jones, Monster Truck).

With a lifetime of material to draw from, songs like “Tadoussac” and “Pour Another” tell stories of a time before success, where innocence abounds. Company Store is more than just a debut album – “I might consider the songs on Company Store to be more of a playlist than an album,” says Drury.

“These are ideas and perspectives I’ve had over the last 15-20 years and my tastes in music are constantly changing, and the diversity within is a reflection of that evolution.”

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