D_DRIVE – Unleash Brand New Album ‘Dynamotive’ and Video – Watch / Listen Now
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Following two incendiary singles in the form of ‘Wings’ and ‘I Remember The Town’, a track that Louder described as “a Vai/Satriani/Petrucci-style Hydra, throwing in some Maiden-esque harmonising”, today D_Drive’s brand new album ‘Dynamotive’ has been unveiled to the world.
Whether it’s budgies, nostalgia or a simple thumbs up from a dear friend, D_Drive are emblematic of their native Japan. ‘Dynamotive’ represents a collision of culture where East meets West in truly fantastic fashion.
Check out the video for ‘Red Light, Green Light’, showcasing D_Drive’s incredible virtuosity below.
Regarding the release of the album the band comment:
“We’re incredibly happy to finally release our brand new album! It means so much to us and over the years we have put a huge amount of hard work into this. We really hope you enjoy not only the songs but the way that the songs sound and that this reflects the quality of our instruments.”
The record as a whole moves from sounds that fans of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and John Petrucci would be right at home with, yet retains an anchored metallic groove that keeps the Metal gauge topped up. This groove is signature to the band’s style of ‘Driving Rock’ as coined in the name of D_DRIVE.
The level of inspiration varies throughout out ‘Dynamotive’. Opening track ‘Red Light, Green Light’ for example is a musical interpretation of ‘Grandmother’s Footsteps’ inspired by the hit TV series ‘Squid Game’.
Throughout ‘Dynamotive’, the duality of life is explored with songs being dedicated to the World Trade Center tragedy of 2001, the pandemic and it’s strangulating pull on the population, to the beautiful blossoming of the seldom known Ume tree (meaning Plum in Japanese), D_DRIVE have a relatability that often surpasses the need for lyrics. Other inspiration came from the members own experiences or even a simple ‘Thumbs Up’ that would be given to the band from Marshall Managing Director Jon Ellery; their humble way of honouring Jon.
Sonically the band also wanted to pay homage to their Japanese roots on ‘Ume’ which begins with a Japanese pop sensibility in its melody. Staying true to their own ‘driving rock’, ‘Breakout’ ends the album on a powerful note with the seven string battering and riffs that would rival even the spiderlike fingers of Dave Mustaine.
D_DRIVE ‘Dynamotive’ – Album Artwork by Shoji Umemura
DYNAMOTIVE TRACK LISTING:
01 – Red Light, Green Light
02 – Begin Again
03 – I Remember The Town
04 – Get Away
05 – Be Yourself
06 – Runaway Boy
07 – Thumbs Up
08 – Wings
09 – U_Me
10 – Breakout
D_DRIVE bring their unique blend of instrumental rock with elements of metal, jazz and progressive music to create their own brand of ‘Driving Rock’. With Seiji and Yuki on guitar, Toshi on bass and Chiiko on drums, the combination of jaw-dropping guitar and fireball rhythm section has entertained audiences all across Japan and around the world, including performances in the UK, USA and China.
The bands international debut album, ‘Maximum Impact’ was released by Marshall Records in 2019, coinciding with a trip to the UK which included performances at Marshall Live Festival and Camden Rocks Festival. Follow up singles ‘Thumbs Up’ and ‘Begin Again’ in 2020 continued D_DRIVE’s success, including Yuki being featured in Alternative Press’ “Women in metal who don’t need a microphone to take center stage”.