Angela (from Drive Faster)
Rock has morphed into rather a cluttered, heavy sound that seems to be
quite emotionally imbalanced at the end of the day. If you don't believe me, try
to remember the last mainstream hit you remember from five years ago, and then
figure out the lyrical meaning of the music. Exactly. It simply isn't substantial
enough to be poetic.
In a world where a genre is reliant on screaming and instrumental disasters,
Drive Faster is rather a breath of fresh air. Originating in Alberta
as "Supernal", without the cowboy hats, they provide a sound that's energetic
and inspiring. The lyrics actually make sense. And you don't need earplugs to
enjoy its rebellious feel.
Thus begins an interview with lead singer, Angela, who adds the right
amount of "up and at 'em" to each wonderful creation.
PHIL: How was "Drive Faster" formed? Was it fate that brought you together?
ANGELA: Drive Faster was born out of the band "Supernal" that we were
formerly known as for several years; a rock band with two crunchy guitars and a
heavier sound. With the name change we decided to try and find a keyboard player
and go for a more dance/rock vibe. The idea was to go up-tempo all the way. When
we couldn't find the keyboardist we envisioned, we decided that maybe I should
lose the guitar and try playing keys instead. And... here we are.
PHIL: Your music contains elements of rock along with the use of synthesizers
and plenty of enthusiasm to boot. Does it require a lot of effort in order to
keep a uniform sound with all these different features?
ANGELA: I think the use of the synth in the band works to create the
sound, making it easier to sound uniform. We definitely have elements of rock
in our sound, with our history of playing heavier rock, but that being said,
we consciously strive for a specific vibe and tempo.
For "Frame of Mind", each
song we wrote had to sound good next to the last one and have a common thread
somewhere. That was a bit of the goal when we started as a band writing from
scratch: songs that don't sound too "rock" that you can dance to and hum along.
Phillip Hong is
a presenter on AMPM, combining some great indie music with quotes and
interviews. You can find more articles like this by going to Fab on 148.ca.