Drunkdriver
Drunkdriver


3.5
great

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
August 9th, 2010 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


Drunkdriver are surrounded by an incredibly unfortunate situation. Allegedly, the drummer for the threepiece was the perpetrator of a very shady incident 5 years ago; and by “very shady,” I mean rape. With one of the band members being female, this accusation, which popped up via the internet in early 2010, was bound to create some tension within the band. Unfortunately, this nagging incident eventually spelled Drunkdriver’s demise before the release of their latest, a self-titled LP. The validity of the accusation is up for debate, but the aftereffects of the incident are clear-cut. Drunkdriver will probably be overshadowed by the rape controversy, even though they remain fairly unknown.

From my perspective, the tragedy of the situation is compounded yet further when realized that Drunkdriver is a hardcore album worth every bit of praise they’re unlikely to receive as a result of the shitty circumstances.

Alas, Drunkdriver managed to go out with a bang. The album is delightfully repulsive- it revels in a hardcore aesthetic more reminiscent of a few years ago; but make no mistake, it also feels fucking fresh. While Drunkdriver tends to walk the dangerous line of “derivative” from time to time, there’s enough evidence of excruciatingly grating punk magnitude to balance it out. Example: there’s a coherent chaotic factor that propels every song into the next, like everything is packed together too damn tightly. Fast and abrasive are the obvious cliches to describe Drunkdriver, but the album calls for a little more specificity. What’s more striking than the rock/hardcore hybrid’s ability to assault ears, though, is a knack for making it lucid and listenable. So while Drunkdriver create enough sparks to start the fire, they keep things to a controlled burn that doesn’t become convoluted or engulfed within itself. With more repetition, Drunkdriver builds more cogency around the pandemonium of screams. The drumming is spectacularly consistent, even if it doesn’t break the “hardcore” mold as much as other aspects of the band do. Listen to “Choking Hazard” to gain a fair sense of the ferocity the band is capable of, and then expand that experience into 9 songs. Basically, you come out feeling like you’ve just been mugged, slugged in the stomach, and chased through the woods. Listening to “Halfmast” or “All The Dead Dogs,” you get this unbridled sense of urgency, it’s more than enough to make the most grounded listener jittery. That’s definitely the dissonant band’s goal though- to set you on edge. Clocking in at less than a half hour though, Drunkdriver never completely push you over the edge of the plank - they have the wherewithal to know their boundaries, thankfully. With all the reverb and pure caustic, hardcore, fury, even just one more song would have been too much.

If you’re tired of all the big-name, high-profile indie releases of 2010 that are making Pitchfork hard as a diamond, take a moment out of your day to test your limits. As unsympathetic as Drunkdriver is on the ears, it might not be pleasant in the traditional sense; but I can guarantee you’ll come out the other side of the acerbic exploit a tad more satisfied than you did going in.



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SeaAnemone
August 9th 2010


20554 Comments


necessary review



you'll like it





PS - if I can get through the entire review without making a rape joke/reference, we don't need them in the thread
maybe

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731
August 9th 2010


662 Comments


Was it necessary to preface the review with the rape allegation part? As far as i understand these
were just rumors

I mean you could just say there was an allegation made against a band member and leave at it that

BigHans
August 9th 2010


26454 Comments


At first I thought you had done a DevilDriver review and thought you had finally seen the light of METAL.

SeaAnemone
August 9th 2010


20554 Comments


I looked into it because looking around, the allegation was making a much bigger deal than the music. and it IS just an allegation... I just thought it was pertinent to talking about the band because they're receiving attention from it, broke up because of it, etc.

Might be inappropriate though,debated putting it in, I'll take it out if that seems to be the consensus

sniper
August 9th 2010


19076 Comments


I'm gonna check this out. I think I'll like it.

I'd say leave the beginning how it is, I'd already heard of this band for that reason, not because of their music.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2010


16452 Comments


id say leave it in...it provides a background to help explain where the band is currently

good review

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731
August 9th 2010


662 Comments


Yeah i just think it kind of sucks that such a serious accusation which could very well be false is
following this guy around so much. False rape allegations happen quite often. You kind of imply that
he's guilty in the opening paragraph even though you don't really know anything about the incident.

anyway, p cool album



SeaAnemone
August 9th 2010


20554 Comments


731: I know some about the incident, I tried to do a little research. I read whatshername's full testimony (girl that quit the band)... which was really extensive and detailed, along with what the drummer thought about it- he maintains his innocence in the situation. Also, the guys from No Age (previously of Wives, with Drunkdriver's drummer) have chimed in on the incident too.

And yes, that's all I know about it, so obviously I have no right to say whether I think he's innocent/guilty... that would be ridiculous, sorry if it sounded that way, I may put a disclaimer in.

Helvete
August 9th 2010


1354 Comments


haha thought this was devildriver for a moment

fortunately i was wrong

SlightlyEpic
August 9th 2010


5780 Comments


good shit, awesome review, see why would you even try to be modest when you shouted at me you should've just been like "hey I've got this AWESOME review written for drunkdriver, it's awesome"

accompliceofmydeath
August 9th 2010


4262 Comments


I guess I'll have to check this out.

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SeaAnemone
August 9th 2010


20554 Comments


who da negger? : (

and thanks Seb

731
August 9th 2010


662 Comments


drummer negged heh

good review btw sea altho i wish people could say the word "fuck" in a review, the asterisks look ugly
and the italicized "u" makes it seem like you're emphasizing the word

yeah, not really important I know


SeaAnemone
August 9th 2010


20554 Comments


lol

and thanks, and yeah I get that definitely... I rarely say fuck or shitty in reviews but this one was a little more laid-back than usual... thought the diction kinda allowed it. hope this catches at least a tiny bit of hype here, I know the forum site loves it

iranscam
August 9th 2010


469 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yep 3.5's about right

AggravatedYeti
August 9th 2010


7685 Comments


been too long since I read a good eric review.
I'll add this to the long list of things I still need to hear : (

SlightlyEpic
August 9th 2010


5780 Comments


if you put [size=2] blah blah [/ size] around the u in fuck it won't look so awkward

EVedder27
August 9th 2010


6088 Comments


Yeah i just think it kind of sucks that such a serious accusation which could very well be false is
following this guy around so much. False rape allegations happen quite often. You kind of imply that
he's guilty in the opening paragraph even though you don't really know anything about the incident.


This. Shit like that happens way too much and even when the person is acquitted of charges it isn't publicized as much as the initial allegations. With that said though, I think the 1st paragraph was necessary.


kount
August 9th 2010


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

one of the bests of the year

SeaAnemone
August 10th 2010


20554 Comments


shut up kount no it's not



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