Quietdrive
Quietdrive


1.5
very poor

Review

by J. Ponton EMERITUS
December 13th, 2010 | 30 replies | 10,763 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cheaters never prosper

I bet you know a number of bands or artists that get their fair share of success by piggy-backing on the success of other more well-known artists or bands, right? I’m not just talking about copying a style of music, though, or even choosing the same producer of Nirvana’s Nevermind to produce your new album – not mentioning any names, Nevershoutnever. But, like, those bands or artists that come out of nowhere by re-recording a prior hit single of another artist or band and then re-release it as his, her, or their own – do you know what I’m talking about? Think of Framing Hanley’s cover of Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” or, gasp, Jack Ingram’s cover of Hinder’s “Lips of An Angel”. Seems a bit cheap if you ask me, but, I mean, if the band or artist has some talent and then goes on to do great things for his, her, or themselves and listeners in the future, then great, I guess. Good for them. A boost toward the big times isn’t necessarily a bad thing, right?

But if the band or artist happen to be like Minnesota’s Quietdrive, well, then that’s where I feel the need to call foul play. Cheating. Acknowledged plagiarism, basically. Because back in 2007 when a certain Cyndi Lauper cover by the name of "Time After Time" started making rifts on the airwaves, heads were turning this band’s way, undeservingly in retrospect: who were these guys? Where are they from? Why is the name Quietdrive so generic-sounding? Yes, the stage was set for Quietdrive to go places, to take their debut When All That’s Left Is You to the Billboards with another hit single or two. The world ‘s interest was peaked, and the world was waiting.

And the world waited. And the world waited again through the Quietdrive’s mundane and tired 2008 follow-up, Deliverance. And the world will continue to wait through the cycle of Quietdrive’s third studio release, this year’s self-titled album.

Or maybe the world will give up this go around on Quietdrive – or has already given up, actually. Can you honestly tell me that you knew that Quietdrive was coming out this year? I can’t. I had to dig through December’s tired release schedule to find these guys. Fuck the life of a contributor: Oh wow! I didn’t know these guys were still together, was my first thought on seeing Quietdrive down for December 14th. A listen to the band’s lead single for this release, “Way Out”, and I could see why I hadn't heard about the album: Quietdrive have gotten nowhere in the three years that I’ve known about them. This shit is weak. Skimpy, generic pop-rock with the same audience in mind, each song, a life-less extension of most of our own love lives around here (I kid). Sure, some bands can do stuff like this the right way – or at least did it the right way back in the day: I’m talking about my bros blink-182, Yellowcard (fuck the haters), and even Almost Here-era The Academy Is – you know, the guys who did it first, relatively, with melodies from the good ol’ days still ringing in my ears. The kind of dribble Quietdrive and lead singer Kevin Trunkenmiller create is, well, not like that at all: the voice grates, the instrumentals just exist there in the music, rather than play or breathe, and the hooks couldn’t even catch a cold.

You don’t go to most pop-rock and the like for lyrics, I know, but come on: “I’m sorry I forgot your birthday / I’m sorry ‘cause I was shit-faced / I thought it was on a Wednesday / A Monday or a Tuesday,” sings Trunkenmiller on the chorus of “Birthday”. The common argument of Oh hey, you’re just nitpicking a certain song! can be used by you here for my crappy reviewing, but the sad thing is that Quietdrive never deviate from that set level of suck-age for their new album; which is unfortunate, because especially for the song in question, the hook is rather strong, sort of. It’s just you can’t enjoy it all that much when you’re forced to hear or, heaven forbid, sing along to lines like that, you know? “I drink a lot / I drink a lot / That’s because I need to drink a lot to have the guts to say / you can’t take a good man with you / No, you can’t bring a good man down” is another gold treasure of wisdom from Trunkenmiller on “It Says A lot”. Here, again, the hook is okay, but the lyrics just ruin it. Like, you can tell that the band have it in them to write a hit, but they just haven't yet. Maybe it wouldn't be up to the likes of “Time After Time”, I guess, but that’s not really all that surprising. After all, that’s not even Quietdrive's song anyway.

Closer “Young” points out and dramatizes in song form what is happening to the potential of Quietdrive – the stuff they were showing three years ago with When All That’s Left Is You, but have yet to use. You know, the song's got the epic, closing undertones to it: the strings, the sense of foreboding. But then Trunkenmiller comes in with accompanying piano and his voice, and it's just like “Young” goes to hell. The chorus hook is weak; the rest of Quietdrive go into an autopilot-like state; and the album is ended on just as bad of a note that the pseudo-electronic and piss-poor lyrics of “American Jeans” started it out on. It leaves me with a feeling that tells me that I’m really not all that sure about these guys. Like, Quietdrive’s potential is still there, but like on Deliverance before it, it remains untapped. This band has a hard road ahead of it, clearly. Even if they do happen to pull themselves together, writing their own hit singles the next time around, the world won’t care about them. Sadly, they probably don’t even care about Quietdrive now anyway. I know I don't anymore.



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Ponton
Emeritus
December 13th 2010



5775 Comments


http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/12

Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

BigHans
December 13th 2010



26455 Comments


hey now dont be trashin on Minnesota

Ponton
Emeritus
December 13th 2010



5775 Comments


Trunkenmiller

sorry hans, i like trashing things

BigHans
December 13th 2010



26455 Comments


it probably sucks

cvlts
December 13th 2010



8917 Comments


back to back scathing reviews eh?

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

Ponton
Emeritus
December 13th 2010



5775 Comments


ive had a bad week

and it's december

cvlts
December 13th 2010



8917 Comments


true that. well have a pos by me.

ps. sweet avatar bro.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 13th 2010



5775 Comments


gonna destroy kid a next

Romulus
December 13th 2010



8371 Comments


yeah kid a is definitely is the 1.3-1.7 range somewhere

Ponton
Emeritus
December 13th 2010



5775 Comments


I mean i like radiohead, but they're no hinder

Winsomniac
December 13th 2010



7940 Comments


Didn't these guys do a pretty catchy cover of Time After Time a while back?


Looks like they promptly followed it up by failing, time after time..

Phideaux
December 13th 2010



1652 Comments


I actually pretty well liked these guys' first album. Shame this is no good. Never really expected anything amazing from them anyway.

Ponton
Emeritus
December 13th 2010



5775 Comments


Their first was decent. RIse up from the ashes was a pretty great track

SnipeCity
December 13th 2010



152 Comments


No surprise here. Nice review

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 13th 2010



4830 Comments


band sucks multiple dumps

Digging: Nmesh - Dream Sequins

Winsomniac
December 13th 2010



7940 Comments


Holy giant avatars!

Gyromania
December 14th 2010



14647 Comments


Great work Jared. I actually liked their debut record, but this sounds pretty bad.

americanmusicmachine
December 14th 2010



3953 Comments


i like the one w. the shit

Gyromania
December 14th 2010



14647 Comments


People are seriously fucked up.

americanmusicmachine
December 14th 2010



3953 Comments


wich is yr fav. gyro.
(the messed up testies is my 2nd fav)



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