Drug Church’s Nick Cogan on his alt-rock conversion from Les Paul to Jazzmaster, and the three secrets to his sound

Nick Cogan
(Image credit: Owen Lehman)

Nick Cogan, one of two guitarists in US post-hardcore band Drug Church, has a pithy description of their new album Hygiene, a potent mix of melodic earworms and combustible riffs. “It’s catchy music through the lens of chainsaw guitars!” he says.

In his youth, Nick’s interest in the guitar was sparked by hearing Billie Joe Armstrong’s chunky, angular playing on Green Day’s breakout record Dookie, and its influence still looms large on his playing. 

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.