Driver Side Impact | The Very Air We Breathe (Victory)

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cd_driverGirls and boys, your prayers for yet another emo-goth-punk band of black-haired, pierced-lipped lads to feverishly adore and befriend on MySpace have been answered.

 

 

 

 

 

Following is a snippet of a conversation I had with my friend Jason Potter, founding member, drummer and vocalist for St. Louis-based, garage-punk band Left Arm.

RR: Potter, can we listen to this on the way to the Tap Room?

JP: What, is it, something you have to review?

RR: Yeah, I want you to listen to the drums on this one song and tell me why I don't like it.

JP: [laughs] Okay.

[CD begins]

RR: It's got a "FallOutBoy/TakingBackSunday/StoryOfTheYear/LinkinPark/NewFound Glory/MyChemicalRomance" thing going. (Song begins and I make up lyrics.) "This is how I'm feeling! I have so many feelings! Real feelings, and I'll sing about them earnestly..."

JP: There's a huge market for this, you know. Sounds like AFI.

RR: Yeah, yeah, that's it!

JP: What's the label?

RR: Victory Records.

JP: Well, that's all you've gotta say.

So there you have it. Girls and boys, your prayers for yet another emo-goth-punk band of black-haired, pierced-lipped lads to feverishly adore and befriend on MySpace have been answered. Cleveland-based sextet Driver Side Impact has released its debut full-length CD, The Very Air We Breathe.

Their press release gushes about their "aggressive guitar-based rock with tuneful melodies and danceable rhythms (that forge) a sonic assault that is memorable and unique." Ugh. I find it neither. But I have to agree with my friend Potter. There's a huge market for this stuff, and Driver Side Impact will satiate emo kids' appetite for more of the same.

As for my copy of their CD that I seriously had to force myself to listen to all the way through? It's going to my 11-year-old daughter. I hope she doesn't ask me what the lyrics from the song "The Heist" mean. "Your soul can be another entrance for me..." Eek. I shudder to think. C | Rebecca Reardon

RIYL: AFI, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Saves the Day

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