Punk-rock band Driver Friendly (formerly Driver F, and formerly-formerly Driver Friendly) is throwing a CD release party for their first album in three years, Bury A Dream. The showcase will be featuring an eclectic batch of bands—genres ranging from punk-rock, instrumental, rock and soul, and indie rock will be filling every corner of The ND on Saturday, Feb. 25th.
Driver Friendly‘s album went through a series of processes—most of which was unattainable without the help from Kickstarter donations.Though the album’s official, national release will be in April, audience members at their CD-release parties can pick up an album at the show. With a band composed of seven guys; a rock-‘n’-roll-youthful-throwback sound; a talented horn section; angst triggering lyrics; and a mastered sound; a brilliantly energetic set is inevitable. The band released a music video in January for their track “Ghosts,” which they claim was filmed in a 100-year-old school with 22 cameras and shot in one take. The music video (featured below) has reached just under 6,000 views in a little over a month. In case you miss Saturday’s showcase, Driver Friendly will also be performing CD-release shows in Houston, College Station and Beaumont.
Opening for Driver Friendly is an indie band, Little Radar. The indie-rock band cultivates a distinct style, a well-established sound with brilliant chord progressions, beautiful lyrics, and an airy voice embedded in an upbeat, summery rhythm. In February, the quartet performed with The Octopus Project, and their track “Birds” was featured on KUT’s Song of the Day.
Though the City of Austin’s livelihood is music—the streets are filled with beautiful chords and harrowing voices, but you can’t deny that rock-‘n’-roll almost feels like a thing of the past. The Couch sounds like the soul of the fading genre, reviving it with at touch of blues and a dab of soul. The band has been generating buzz since their debut album, Old and Touchin’ Blue, release in December. In the last year, the band has undergone major changes—moving cities, an additional musician (Sara Houser), new album, and has been working closely with Eye in the Sky Collective and Music Box Media.
Opening the show is the “cinema-core” band Tactics. The San Marcos-based quintet is composed of members from punk-rock band Zlam Dunk and ambient/instrumental band Equals. Recently, one of their tracks was featured on KOOP 91.7’s show, “Fade to Yellow” and will also be featured in KTSW’s Mr. Fest 2012. In addition, the band is close to finishing their debut EP, but still taking their sweet time for perfection. Without a doubt, Tactics is a flawless way to begin a celebration with delicately composed instrumental-rock orchestrations performed with spectacular passion.