Parties in strange places with strange faces suck for a myriad of reasons. One is listening to people talk shit about shit you don’t care about as you drink as fast as you can and politely nod until you can escape the unrelenting blackhole. UPSAHL’s Drugs is a reflection of these dull vapid moments with a quirky pop and infectious hook with the biting line, “I just came here for the drugs.” True that.
“‘Drugs’ isn’t meant to be literal. The song is basically a fake conversation with someone who is acting like they’re the shit. I’ve experienced this a lot, where I’ll be talking with someone, and the conversation quickly turns into a name-dropping brag fest.” UPSAHL continues, “‘I just came here for the drugs,’ is me saying that I’m not here for the extra BS or the clout that people think is so important. I’m just here for the realness. When listening to the song, I want people to feel like they’re at a party, overhearing a bunch of surface-level conversations. My voice throughout the song changes perspective, which reflects those conversations that you hear when you’re walking through a party. It’s supposed to be a feel-good song that embraces genuine people and honest connections.”