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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Review: Drive-In Saturday - Drive-In Saturday

Drive-In Saturday - Drive-In Saturday
2009, Drive-In Saturday

Drive In Saturday has been making the rounds on the East Coast of the US for about fourteen months now, building a small by loyal following thus far. Lead singer/bassist/guitarist Michael Shanahan stands center stage, supported by former Vector Red guitarist Brian Moureau and drummer Jeff Mitler. Drive In Saturday surprises and pleases with slightly off-kilter Pop/Rock songs that will surprise you and keep you engaged. Drive In Saturday recently sent us their self-titled EP (I'm not sure if it's going to be an official release or just a demo).

Drive In Saturday sounds a bit like Toad The Wet Sprocket with some muscle. Vocalist Mike Shanahan doesn't sound much like Glen Phillips, but the musical style and sound presented on the EP is very similar. Drive In Saturday opens with The Better Part, a tune so familiar I found myself checking the lyrics on the internet to see who else had recorded it. Suffice it to say I could find no matches, but this is the sort of tune that gets your attention quickly. Highly catchy, it would be a surefire hit if it could get traction at commercial radio. Dreaming is a decent Rock tune; a bit on the bland side but very listenable. Mushy is probably aptly titled and is the weakest track on the disc, but Drive In Saturday rebounds nicely with Douse Me Out, a big, powerful Rock song with real Pop sensibility and big hooks. It's a great bar/party tune that might play well to radio as well.

Drive In Saturday offers up an intriguing morsel in the form of their self-titled EP. Two great songs and two okay songs is a pretty strong ratio, and leave us looking forward to what Drive In Saturday might do next. I would definitely take the time to acquaint myself with Drive In Saturday if I were you. Great things could be afoot.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Drive-In Saturday at Drive-In Saturday appears to be a demo recording, as there are no purchase points online nor any mention of the CD on the band’s MySpace page. Nevertheless, if you reach out to the band there, they might be willing to sell you a copy.

1 comment:

Ben said...

It's actually Ben Moureau