Melodic hardcore founded on taut gang vocals and crackling percussion barrels forth from this foursome out of Philly. Slated to play at Philly Punx Picnic, the city’s annual DIY festival, Dopestroke is quickly gaining attention for their celebrated drug use and “fuck the police” ‘tude. No fluorescent energy drinks for these guys, cocaine and hallucinogens are their bread and butter. “We Get High” is my fave of the five tracks as they wax poetic on chemical enhancements with tight lyrics and guitar strokes to match. A force to be reckoned with. Recommended.

 –Kristen K (Eaglebauer Enterprises, [email protected])