Uxbridge four-piece Driving on The Right formed in August 2003. Having grown up listening to bands such as Girls Against Boys and Senseless Things, the band combines these influences with melodic vocal hooks to produce a ‘unique sound’. Within months of forming, the band had recorded and released their self-financed single “Casualties”.
Life starts here is a some what bold title for an album. Produced by John Hannon (Hundred Reasons and Kids Near Water) I was expecting a lot more than I was given. The track “Just Listen” sounds very familiar and without vocals I think it has potential. But the whole thing seems rushed. The basis is there, but unlike the first single “Casualties” it sounds like the band are trying far too hard to fit in to what is known as ‘cool’ at this moment.
It feels that they spent months writing the songs and only at the last minute wrote lyrics to go with them.
Musicianship is good throughout the album, but the vocals become the slightest bit irritating by the time you get to third track “Charm Offensive”. It feels that they spent months writing the songs and only at the last minute wrote lyrics to go with them. The words don’t seem thought through and in some cases have ruined a perfectly good song.
The song “Take Aim” stands out and is one track that I feel they have spent more than two hours producing. You could listen to the whole mini-album without wanting to scratch your ears off, it is pleasant enough. But I am sure DOTR didn’t write their debut album to be reviewed as “pleasant”.
I kept thinking “is there a market for this type of record?” and yes, I think there is. It reminds me a lot of My Awesome Compilation, a band which I have come to slightly admire. Every band wants to be seen as doing something completely avant-garde and completely original but what a lot of these new breed of band don’t realise is that what they are striving for is not originality but is to fit in.
the first single was brilliant, but the new album has not followed in its footsteps
I thought the first single was brilliant, but the new album has not followed in its footsteps. People will buy it, and they will love it. Because it is the same as everything else, it’s mediocre and if records were people this record would be that guy Tim at the office who everyone likes, who wears the same brown trousers everyday and is never off sick.