By on May 13, 2011
LA rockers Drive A are currently bringing their adrenaline fueled power-punk to audiences across the country on Hollywood Undead’s Revolt Tour 2011. The trek winds down May 27 in Des MoinesIA, after which they will perform at K-Rock FM’s Dysfunctional Family BBQ in SyracuseNY May 28th. The band is also confirmed for Rock On The Range in Winnipeg on August 3.
Watch an exclusive behind the scenes video on the set of “Let’s Have A Wreck (Trainwreck)” on Noisecreep:
Drive A’s The World In Shambles will be released physically on August 9th via the band’s own imprint Dead Conflict Records (distributed by EMI.)
About Drive A:
Sometimes a chance meeting is more than it seems – in the case of Drive A, a random moment ignited a fuse resulting in a incendiary new band. Songs about rebellion, crunchy guitars and killer hooks have their foundation in old school punk and rock n’ roll that the band reveres but their stage presence and delivery is fresh and in the now. With a fan following that is expanding exponentially, it’s clear that the band is onto something. Drive A come roaring into 2011 with their brand new album, The World in Shambles, out on Dead Conflict Records this Spring.

The World in Shambles is the follow up to their debut album Loss of Desire (2009). The critically acclaimed album which featured singles “Are You Blind” and “Can’t Sleep It Off” set the precedent for Drive A’s form of high energy rock n’ roll and provided the soundtrack for their energetic live show. Frontman Bruno Mascolo explains “although we’re still proud of Loss of Desire, we feel we’ve come along way as musicians and songwriters, you can hear that we’ve played about 200 shows since our last record.” The band freely admits that their singular mission upon entering the studio was to craft an album that bottled their firecracker live energy and onstage prowess. They collectively rejected polished, computerized techniques and technologies in favor of beautiful, genuine imperfections, all of which serve to make The World in Shambles that much more authentic.

“We wanted to make something that was raw, and that sounded like our band when we played live,” Bruno Mascolo said. “Songwriting is the essence of the band but playing live is how we truly connect with people, with that in mind we recorded The World in Shambles completely live, there were no click tracks, so what you hear is what we sound like. It was about capturing the energy and not trying to achieve perfection.”

Armed with a killer arsenal of songs, the band decided to drive their message with an image that is uncompromising and disciplined. “Today, it’s all about how you look,” Nott said. “It’s like ‘This is a metal band’ or ‘This is a rock band. People get so obsessed with what genre a band is a part of that they forget to even listen to the music. We got sick of wearing other band’s shirts on stage because people started labeling us as part of that scene. We want people to care about our music, not about what bands we like. With the new album came the new image. We wear patches with our logo and we have another patch for a character on the album, called ‘The Marked Man.‘” 

“He is the underdog, the guy who dwells on his problems until eventually he creates a target on himself. We have all gone through that,” Mascolo concurred. “We wear the uniforms on stage because it puts every thing on the music but we aren’t wearing meaningless patches, they hint at the message behind the band.” 

The band’s logo is their take on the anarchy flag, but instead of paying lip service to the concept without ever doing anything to bring about change, Drive A hope to actually incite listeners to action. Mascolo said, “We’re not going to say ‘Fuck the government’ on stage. We want to encourage fans who are living a one-sided life, who go to school, college and then get a job and wonder if that’s it, to go after their dreams.” 

On The World in Shambles the band wanted to shake up their comfort zone, so instead of working with longtime friend Dennis Hill (producer of Drive A’s 2009 debut Loss of Desire) the band recorded the album in two parts. The first session was recorded on analog equipment to tape at 1974 Studios in Silver Lake with Dave Cobb and the second session took place at Sunset Sound with Julian Raymond. Despite the band’s “Fuck You” attitude towards concepts like conformity and fitting in with a “scene,” Mascolo mentions that a current of positive energy courses through the album’s veins. “There is a positive message at the end of every song,” he admitted. “The idea of singing about a negative subject can sometimes be therapeutic, but most of the time it becomes cliché and loses the original meaning.” “Revolt!” is about Mascolo’s travels abroad, specifically in Europe, last summer. “It seemed more like a community over there,” the singer mused. “There is a real lack of community here, people are just so about themselves, but it’s not like that overseas.” The title track “Let’s Have a Wreck” is another personal song that lays its cards face up on the table. Mascolo revealed that the song is about “having an addiction to destroying situations or relationships,” a construct that all of Drive A’s fans are able to connect with.

The California quartet formed after singer/guitarist Bruno Mascolo and guitarist Jason Nott ran into each other one night outside of Hollywood‘s Troubadour in 2006. Bassist Taylor Knowles joined the band after seeing them open for Set Your Goals in Orlando. He became a fan based on their live performance and when the bass player position opened, he got in touch through the wonders of social networking and secured his slot in the rhythm section. 

Drive A has steadily built a following of fans by touring with the likes of Alkaline Trio, The Used, Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape the Fate over the past two years. It’s the band’s onstage power that has attracted an alliance of kids that continue to multiply with every tour. Nott summed up the band’s relationship with their fans and the crowds, saying, “We’re a breath of fresh air for them. We’re only a couple years older than the kids listening and they can relate.”

Drive A’s hungry guitar snarl meshes with power chords that take up residence in your head for weeks at a time and surprisingly mature songwriting that reveals equal parts pathos and animosity towards the status quo. The World in Shambles is proof that Drive A are well on their way.

Drive A Tour Dates:
May 10        
House of Blues W/Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, New Medicine
May 12        
The Fillmore W/Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, New Medicine
May 14        
House of Blues W/Hollywood Undead and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
May 15        
Pointfest w/ Hollywood Undead 10 Years
St. LouisMO      
May 17        
House of Blues W/Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, New Medicine
Myrtle BeachSC
May 18        
The Tabernacle W/Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, New Medicine
May 20        
Bogarts W/Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, New Medicine
May 21        
St. Andrews Hall W/Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, New Medicine
May 22        
Columbus Crew Stadium
May 24        
House of Blues W/Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, New Medicine
May 25        
Orbit Room w/ Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, New Medicine
Grand RapidsMI
May 27        
Val Air Ballroom
Des MoinesIA
May 28        
K-Rock Dysfunctional Family BBQ
Aug 20        
Rock on The Range
Winnipeg, 03

Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.