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Single :: Drown Alone
Single :: Magazine


Feeling a bit camera shy



Some people like to imagine that life is a field full of roses. It's always sunny out there: the birds are always singing chipper songs, and happy bells are perpetually tinkling in the distance.

If you're that kind of person, then Driven’ation is not the band for you.

But if you're the type of person who is driven to look a little deeper, to scratch beneath the surface of this life and feel the mounting passions and tensions that ripple underneath, then welcome to the show. Perhaps you'll find some answers in Driven’ation's music, or perhaps it will just leave you with more questions. At the very least, you'll find a band that isn't afraid of the dark.

Passion, not angst, is the operative here. Their music is a musical trip through the darkest alleys and the most punishing depths of experience: pounding rhythms and mesmerizing riffs. They feel it, they've lived it: and now they're ready to deliver it to a wider audience.

Though you'd think from watching them perform that the band was born in a sudden flare-up of musical hellfire, the reality is somewhat more mundane. It goes back to picturesque Kenora, Ontario: a little town on the edge of one of the country's most beautiful lakes. This is where a young vocalist named Kelly Wilson met guitarist Chris Viinikka: the pair performed for years together, before Kelly packed his bags for the big city, heading to Winnipeg to broaden his horizons in the summer of 2001.

In Winnipeg, the pieces fell together. A mutual friend introduced Kelly to Kevin Swan, who was a graduate of New York's prestigious Drummers Collective School, and the two immediately clicked. They rounded up bass player Terence Karacsony and the band was completed (with Chris commuting to the city to complete the band).

From the beginning, the band was influenced by more than just music. Some of their influences are obvious... memories of adolescent adoration of classic 80's metal acts and modern pioneers in heavy rock (even the creepy and subversive music of Danny Elfman)... while some are more conceptual: the stylized vistas of Tim Burton. The visceral writing of Chuck Palahniuk, the epic, melancholy romanticism of Anne Rice. The dramatic and haunting visuals of Todd McFarlane. This is what Drivenation aims to capture... not just music, but images, emotions, memoirs of existence in a deep and fractured world.

As it turns out, they're not the only ones who long for that kind of musical succour. From the start, the band was trailed by a loyal legion of fans. They scored airplay on Winnipeg's biggest rock station, Power 97, and were invited to perform at the massive Snow Jam festival alongside bands like The Headstones and Gob. But it was snapping up a showcase spot at the 2002 Prairie Music Week that took them to the next level in their career: that was where they impressed Juno-award winning, Grammy nominated, Winnipeg producer Brandon Friesen, who promptly took the band under his wing to develop their debut CD.

The 1st Single; Drown Alone has garnered regular rotation on Winnipeg’s New Rock Alternative, Freq 107. Impressed with the response that they received, FREQ added Drown Alone to their compilation CD entitled “We Rock for a reason”; a charity CD with all proceeds going to the United Way of Winnipeg that included such bands as Alter Bridge and Finger Eleven.

With an expected release date in March of 2006, the band has met the challenge of capturing the hypnotic and heart-rending energy of their live show. They revel in the intensity of their onstage performances, they lust for the nearly supernatural connection that drives them when the amps are on and the riffs are coursing through the air.

And as long as the sun still sets at night: as long as shadows still fall, guitars still scream, and demons come out to dance to vicious rhythms, Driven’ation will be there to make the soundtrack.