Can you briefly summarize how the band formed and what you do in Drive A?
I sing, and play guitar in Drive A, we formed about two and a half years ago when i became friends with Jason Nott
Your lyrics are infused with heavy detail and raw emotion. What is it that normally gives you inspiration when writing lyrics and is there a concept behind the writing of Loss of Desire?
Things that really impact my life impact my lyrics as well, loss of desire is not a concept album but there are certain themes that come up in a lot of the songs. The title summarizes the theme, and the feeling of the record for the most part.
You just released Loss of Desire, how has the reactions been thus far?
The reaction to the record has been great everyone seems to like it which is pretty cool.
What can fans expect when they pick up a copy?
Loss of Desire is a punk rock record, with elements from a bunch of different genres that we listen too
When it came to releasing Loss of Desire how did that whole package come together? What was the recording process like, how long did you have, was their any pressure on you?
we recorded the album pretty quick, but we did it in several different recording sessions over a period of eight months because we were not sure if we were going to release an EP or an LP. In that eight months we did about a month of actual pre production and recording.
How has Adrenaline Music Group been thus far for you guys? Who approached who?
Adrenaline approached us a while ago, they’ve been great so far with everything.
Who did the artwork and title for the album, when you look on the final project, is there anything you wish you could have done differently?
I actually took most of the pictures in the album, we played a show in Springfield Missouri almost a year ago and after soundcheck i just roamed around the town taking pictures and they looked cool and fit the theme of the record so we used them. we took the title from the title of the first song loss of desire, and no i’m still stoked on how the final product came out i wouldn’t change anything.
The name of the band Drive A, is interesting to say the least and sounds as if there is a story behind it. Where did the name come from and what is the story?
The name drive a, came from the time when we were showing our 20 old bass player how to play a song and we told him to drive the a note, we just thought it sounded cool so stuck with it
Many of your songs are so hard and intense that I am sure they translate well into a live setting taking on a whole new life in front of a live audience. How does it make you feel when the emotion and power that you envisioned in the recording studio, come to life while playing in front of a crowd?
Playing live is what its all about its the blood of the band its always amazing to see people know the songs at our shows.
Different groups have unique ways of writing their songs. How do you guys go about writing your music? Is it a collective effort or is it more the efforts of one particular member of the band?
On this past record i was the primary songwriter but everyone put there own sort of stamp on each song
What are the upcoming plans for Drive A?
we are hitting the road with Set your goals, and Four Year strong this summer
Going back to the music business, what do you think of everyone downloading music, possibly even your music? Do you think it helps or hurts bands in the long run?
Downloading hurts the music business, but i think people are getting better with that at least from what i’ve seen. I think people are starting to realize that bands aren’t all about money but they need some money to be able to make records and tour.
How has MYSPACE and the internet impacted your band and do you think downloading helps or hinders the artists?
myspace and the internet has been a huge marketing tool for our band and has helped us gain a lot of new fans. I think downloading music helps, and hinders artists at the same time, its all how you look at it.
What is the toughest lesson you ever learned in the studio and on the stage?
i can’t think of anything that stands out but there are a bunch of things that I’ve learned from recording, playing live but there all just little things.
What bands would you like to tour with and who has been your favorite to tour with this far? Any particular reason?
I would like to tour with billy talent i think that would be awesome, my favorite band that we’ve toured with was probably Alkaline Trio i love that band and there all really cool dudes.
What is currently playing on your iPod or CD Player?
I’ve been listening to the new Taking Back Sunday record New Again, Green Day 21st Century Breakdown, and Gallows Grey Britain a lot lately.
Describe Drive A in three words.
three words to describe our band, Punk rock Band
If you had a chance to go back in time, where, what, and why?
I think it would be cool to go back to the late 70’s and see the Clash, and the Sex Pistols live that would be sick.
How do you think the recession is affecting musicians like yourself? Is it at all?
The recession makes it harder for us to sell merch, because people are a little more careful about how they spend their money.
What’s your reaction when/if a fan told you a very meaningful statement such as “Your music changed my life?” Has this ever happened to you?
No life changing things but some people have said that our music helped them through a hard time which is always awesome to hear.
Every band has its musical influences. What are some of the other bands and artists that have greatly influenced you guys and your music?
Green Day, Billy Talent, Gallows, Queens of The Stone Age, a bunch of bands those are my favorites though.
All of that passion that you play with must be tough on you physically. How do you prepare for the physical demands of a tour?
we don’t really physically train for our tours we usually just suck the first few shows and then get into the rhythm of things.