Driver Friendly - Bury A Dream
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: April 24, 2012
How often are we swayed by reviews? It doesn't feel self-defeating or dumb for me to say, well, not all that often. Perhaps we find that one kindred e-spirt out there who seems to not only get it, but get us. But even if that does somehow happen, we very seldom admit to it - because in 2012, all we have left is this inane search for an underground that no longer exists. And that's a one-person quest, unless of course the messenger is a hot girl in, probably, a beret. (That feels like a dated joke, but whatever.) I guess what I'm saying impeccably well here is that maybe this is one of those times where you don't shrug off what a stranger says. If I were Ryan Gosling (and who's to say I'm not!), you'd listen.
I can only imagine how stoked Driver Friendly are by that first paragraph. Good for you, guys. You've made it. If you will allow me, however, let's for one second discuss what kind of perseverance it must have taken to make Bury A Dream a reality (ha!). Money, Relationships, Will - all of these things needed mending before these Austin pop-punkers-with-horns could make something this outstanding. And it is outstanding, in that sort of inexpressible way that appears when you try to describe why you like your best friend. Hyperbole be damned, Bury A Dream is intense, personal and packed with energy. Or, you know, I just like it.
If anything's different this time around, it's that lead singer Tyler Welsh has grown up and grown out. With lyrics like, "Because if everything I build will surely fall down / I want to be a devastator so they all know that I was around," the focus is on what it takes to make an impact. It is that constant struggle in which we question if we have ever done enough to be remembered. Over slicker production and synths (see: "You're A Legend, Sir" and "Shark Cave"), Driver Friendly attempt to achieve just that. Their success is up to all of us, I suppose, which makes the whole thing weird and hard to understand. We do everything we can to make people care, but that means it's never up to us, which is sort of alluded to in "Why Don't You Just Rain For Me?": "Sing me to sleep with the songs you keep under the bedroom floor / I will stay awake with every moment that fades / I will sleep no more." We only survive if you say we do.
Bury A Dream rocks forward with a certain dynamism that can only come from time spent away. Punk-ish songs like "Ghosts" and "Messidona" don't feel weird next to almost alt-rock numbers like "Do Whatever You Want" and the bro-hugging finale "Lost Boys." Plus, the horns are so much more pronounced, and so much more integral to making this a record you won't really hear again in 2012. For some reason though, it feels weird to call Driver Friendly creative. I think a better word is just different, which seems like a weird put-down. But that's not what I mean. It's sort of simple, really. Driver Friendly use minimal eccentricities to create fringe rock music. (Well, that doesn't seem simple at all, actually.) Look, Bury A Dream isn't hard to get into, but it's hard to fully grasp. It sort of works out, because the album's mantra, from "Lost Boys" goes, "Bury a dream / Watch it grow / Question everything / Let go, let go, let go." We're on a path or whatever metaphor you want. And sometimes only having a partial grasp of things is the best way to learn. It forces us to try harder, push forward and improve. Before this becomes a Nike ad, let's just say Driver Friendly are interesting because that's how they set out to be from day one. Strange goal or not, they've achieved it, and that's more than most of us can say.
Recommended If You Like: Patent Pending meets The Starting Line meets By Surprise
I agree that in some way they're not the most creative, but they are more than different. They are unique. "Chase The White Whale" is probably my favorte "Pop-punk" album of all time. I can listen to it in whatever mood I am, it has this nostalgic vibe going on, and for me that's really unique in this genre. When I listen to pop-punk it's mostly to party and lay on the beach. But Driver F(riendly) fitted right in when I was listening Postrock all the time.
The new album has a different feel, even a bit more darker at times, but that's just them. It's amazing. And not to forget what an amzing bunch of guys they are.
yeah i don't think they are sonically very similar. do you mean in a popularity sort of way? becausse that seems like a stretch, even to one of their big fans.
i think they have a raw, emotional quality to them that reminds me of brand new. they don't have a superficial sound that connects them with a genre necessarily... it just sounds very honest. i guess thats the connection i'm making.