Sometimes a chance meeting is more than it seems – in the case of DRIVE A, a random moment ignited a fuse resulting in an incendiary new band. Songs about rebellion, lethal 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 puts them firmly 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 and a support slot on the House of Blues Revolt Tour 2011 with Hollywood Undead, 10 Years and New Medicine. The tour kicks off April 6th in Boston and runs through May 27th, covering the United States.
"We are excited to be a part of the inaugural run of the REVOLT! Tour," says frontman Bruno Mascolo. “We look forward to sharing the stage with Hollywood Undead, 10 Years, and New Medicine. It’s going to be a great tour.”
DRIVE A are celebrating the tour and new album by offering a free download of “Revolt!” from The World In Shambles. Fans can purchase tickets, get the free download and view the video for “Revolt!” here:
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.
Mascolo explains “although we’re still proud of Loss of Desire, we feel we’ve come a long 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.
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. After realizing they both possessed the drive and passion to start their own band, they recruited drummer Cody Root via a mutual friend. 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."
A switchblade to the soft, white underbelly of today's watered-down state of music, DRIVE A are pure, raw energy--on stage and in the studio--which is, after all, what Rock 'N' Roll has always been about. The release of their sophomore album and the House of Blues Revolt Tour 2011 are a match made in heaven.
“Touring is the life’s blood of this band,” says Bruno. “Recording and everything else is cool, but we are a live band and that is the best way to experience DRIVE A.”
HOUSE OF BLUES REVOLT TOUR 2011
Wednesday, April 06 Boston,MA House of Blues
Friday, April 08 Hartford, CT The Dome
Saturday, April 09 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Tuesday, April 12 Philadelphia, PA TLA
Friday, April 15 Charlotte, NC Fillmore
Sunday, April 17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Tuesday, April 19 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Wednesday, April 20 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Friday, April 22 Albuquerque, NM TBA
Monday, April 25 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Tuesday, April 26 Reno,NV Knitting Factory
Friday, April 29 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Saturday, April 30 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern
Sunday, May 01 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
Tuesday, May 03 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
Wednesday, May 04 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
Friday, May 06 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
Sunday, May 08 El Paso, TX Club 101
Tuesday, May 10 Houston, TX House of Blues
Thursday, May 12 Denver, CO Fillmore
Saturday, May 14 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Tuesday, May 17 Myrtle Beach, NC House of Blues
Wednesday, May 18 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Friday, May 20 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
Saturday, May 21 Detroit, MI St Andrews
Tuesday, May 24 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Friday, May 27 Des Moines, IA TBA
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