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First Impressions: Drive A
09/28/10 at 11:00 PM by Christian Wagner
Drive A are young guns to the music biz, but be warned that they'll be on your radar very soon. I had the opportunity to catch their set when they played to no one at Bamboozle '09, and ever since then I've kept my eye on them. They have scored tour spots with The Used, HIM, the Bamboozle Roadshow, Bullet For My Valentine/Escape The Fate and more; the band has been gaining fans that normally wouldn't follow a band like this. The best part about them: their age range is 18-21. They have such a sensible and understanding view of the industry and its workings. Their music is fast paced, energetic, I don't give a sh*t punk rock...something we're all desperately missing nowadays.

They let me sit down and listen to their new album and I can only describe it in one way: wow. It's 13 balls to the wall tracks, and not a single song about love. Standout tracks (In my mind) include "Young Cunts," "Robbery," "Empty Pages," and "Dead End Lives." Themes of songs include going over to Europe and experiencing the people, band sluts (Band-Aids; yes, that's an Almost Famous reference), and many other relatable topics. The underlying message: to break out of conformity and speak your mind. One of the more impressive things about the album is that it was tracked live. The band doesn't miss a step the entire time. Singer Bruno Mascolo brings to mind a younger sounding Strike Anywhere or Anti-Flag with his scratchy delivery. The guitar tones are muddy but define their sound rather than distract the listener and give it character. It's clear the band takes a lot of inspiration from the aforementioned Anti-Flag and other bands like Bad Religion, The Ramones, and more. This band is a definite winner, be on the lookout for the new album soon.
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