Premiere: King Kavalier Debut with Aching “Bad Drugs” ft. ChrisLee

Bad Drugs - King Kavalier
King Kavalier’s debut “Bad Drugs” ft. ChrisLee captures the point where attraction turns toxic through provocative electronic rock pulsing with heartache and desire.

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We all have our human kryptonite: That one person who makes us so helpless that we completely fall apart, losing control in spite of ourselves. Love is beautiful, but it can be as painful as it is rewarding. King Kavalier capture the point where attraction turns toxic in their debut single “Bad Drugs” featuring ChrisLee, a provocative piece of electronic rock pulsing with heartache and desire.

Baby you’re bad for me like drugs in my veins
You bring me up just to fall in deeper
Driftin into your void stuck down here making noise
You took the air that I breathe
“Bad Drugs (feat. ChrisLee)” – King Kavalier


Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Bad Drugs,” the official debut single from DJ duo King Kavalier. Formed in the University of Colorado Boulder party scene and now based in Los Angeles, the pairing of Gavin Gottlich and Casey Webster just might have that fresh spark the EDM world needs. King Kavalier carry an appreciation for rock and jazz with them in their music, along with multi-instrumental prowess and quality songwriting skills. The result is a growing niche in the once-far removed electronic music community, where genres blend together to create something new and (dare we say?) beautiful.

Bad Drugs - King Kavalier

Bad Drugs – King Kavalier

Though it may be titled “Bad Drugs,” King Kavalier’s addictive debut is in fact a raw and vulnerable love song: A giant metaphor laced with deep, dark emotions and harrowing intimacy.

Feeling so good
till you tear through my heart
Can’t cover the scars anymore baby
There’s blood in the sky
The birds couldn’t fly
And I’m losing my mind

“This song is our opening statement of our true sound,” King Kavalier tell Atwood Magazine. “We wanted to catch people off guard with the style and the mesh between multiple genres. We’ve always been influenced by rock and punk genres, and we want to bring that same attitude and style in the electronic music.”

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King Kavalier © Boulder Media House

You run through me like bad drugs yeah
Tearing me to pieces preying on my weakness
You’re like bad drugs yeah
You go to my head but fuck me up instead
Run through me like
Bad drugs yeah (oh, ohh)
You run through me like
Bad drugs (oh, yeah)
Run through me like, like bad drugs

You heard it here first: King Kavalier are bravely forging their own path, doing their thing independent of outside influence. With the very talented LA artist ChrisLee on vocals, “Bad Drugs” rings out with a soulful eloquence; the heavy pulse of its chorus evokes pain and anxiety with infectious harmonies that get stuck in your head. One listen to this song, and you’ll be hearing it for weeks: Not bad for debut!

Stay tuned for more from King Kavalier as the duo continue to bend genres, defy norms, and maybe break a few hearts in the process. In the meantime, stream debut single “Bad Drugs” exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com