Driven Serious are a folk band from Durham who add a punk edge to their music for a unique blend of music. Their new single ‘Truth Will Out’ has been released to celebrate the launch of their forthcoming debut album.
The single opens with rapid and abrasive strumming of the guitar and the rustic vocals of Rob Jones which have a sense of hostility; fitting with the songs blunt lyrics, ‘looking for a guiding light but the torch went out a long time ago’.
The song is hard hitting as Rob delivers each line with angst and the fast paced guitar is prevalent throughout the track, keeping you on the edge. Contrasting with that is the violin, which is soft, and sweeping, layered on top of everything else.
Come the chorus the song hesitates for a moment into a sullen repetition of, ‘Truth will out however greatly comes the cost’ then picks up pace once again; only to stop abruptly once again to punctuate poignant lines within the verses.
Then the violin takes full stage with a solo that reflects the bands punk edge to their folk music and helps build the song up to its almighty climax, which brings together all of the elements of the song at once.
This single is a superb snapshot of what fans can expect from their new album – it is compelling, atmospheric and truly reflects their alternative take on folk music.
Currently the band are raising money to get their album mastered and reproduced with an eight page booklet with lyrics and original art work by Sara Borges and photos by Paula Smart.
They are wanting to be able to have enough money to pay for 500 copies of their CD so if you are interested in helping them you can donate Here.
It was only last year when This Years Love released their debut album ‘Take The Stage’ and now 2013 heralds the release of their second album ‘A New Beginning’.
The new album consists of five tracks each with a different tone & mood. For example, ‘Its Time’ the fourth track on the album is truly a pop-rock song with its catchy guitar riffs, simple drumbeat and Gary’s brooding vocals.
Whereas the first track on the album,‘Diamonds and Wine’, has more of a folk feel to it because of its rhythmical chorus, acoustic guitar and heart warming lyrics, ‘Make me a fortune if you like give me diamonds and wine but I don’t need nothing if she’s all mine’.
Overall ‘A New Beginning’ is undeniably a feel good album. This Years Love, a four piece from Durham, have once again they have delivered their own take on pop-rock.
‘A New Beginning’ will be available to download via online marketplace, Itunes and other music outlets in March.
“Take the Stage” Is an six track album that has been crafted out of love, not soppy in anyway: instead it is a vibrant celebration. It’s not one big lullaby but instead a pop rock album that includes mellow tones in its production and even blues can be heard in some parts.
While listening to the the album it reminded me of the Newcastle band “Maybe Myrtle Tyrtle” and both bands have a loose sound that transcends over a range of musical styles. Out of the whole album the stand out track for me was “Nix Nought Nothing” which has a mix of almost Jazz and great catchy chorus.
Overall “Take the Stage” has been crafted beautifully, this album is something special and to be treasured.