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"The Next Level"

"There are a lot of good local bands out there but not all of them are ready
to take it to the next level. For The Drive Home is ready for that next
level and more!"
- Rick Hendrick of 95.1 The Fox


"Montgomery's own For The Drive Home rivals big name acts at Jubilee CityFest"

Braving the heat of Jubilee CityFest, Second Annual Jubilee Battle of the Bands winners For the Drive Home proved they could hang with the big name acts May 28.
On the heels of the release of their self-financed first CD, "Goodluck, Goodbye," and in the midst of a Southeast U.S. tour, For the Drive Home shared an impressive, 10-song musical homecoming with their loyal fan base and newcomers, offering a diverse and potent collection of songs live from the Regions Bank/BellSouth Stage.
"It's really good to be home!" declared guitarist/vocalist Eric Salter prior to their tight, high-energy set. The band also includes Nick Frontiero (vocals, guitar), Jason Foley (drums), Asheley Willet (bass) and Chris Harvey (keyboards, vocals).
The responsive and eager crowd were offered a heartfelt and driving performance from the band, which has shared the stage with the likes of Trust Company and The Wallflowers. Their sound, certifiably heavy but artfully including some keyboard magic from Harvey, is well-rounded, packs a punch and is highlighted by vocals from three of the band members. Their sound eclipses the standard variety of hard rock due to these components and their unique approach. And Harvey working three different keyboards like a mad puppeteer is a sight to behold.
Backstage, the excitement was infectious as the band expressed how great it was to be back home in the Capital City and to receive such a positive response from the crowd. They've been touring every weekend while completing "Goodluck, Goodbye," which was mastered by Rodney Mills, who has worked with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Currently, the CD is available at Montgomery's Backtrax and will soon be available online through Amazon.com and CDBaby.com. The CD and other merchandise are available at all their shows, and the guys let the Free Press know as an inside tip that all the merchandise is discounted for their live performances (i.e. get your tails to one of their shows, ya'll).
Formed in 2003 in Montgomery, the band's members drifted among a host of local bands prior to their stars aligning to form For The Drive Home. Some had been playing locally since their mid-teenage years. But they all agree that until now, it never felt like "family." That musical chemistry and artistic bond are readily apparent and produce a truly unadulterated sound when they're on stage.
"Goodluck, Goodbye" includes eight songs. The title track has been in regular rotation on 95.1 The Fox in Montgomery and on 95.9 The Tiger in Auburn.
The band says their next step comes when they appear on a compilation of artists titled "Sounds of Summer," which will be released June 16 by Blood Loss Alliance and will be available on the Warped Tour 2005, in several national retail stores and directly from the band at their shows.
Expect big things from For The Drive Home. If their performance at Jubilee CityFest and their work on "Goodluck, Goodbye" are any indication, we'll see... and hear, great things from them for a long time to come as the crowds grow larger... deservedly.
For a complete tour listing (including many Alabama dates), news, photos of the band, free video and audio, log on to Forthedrivehome.com, sonicbids.com/forthedrivehome, and mypsace.com/forthedrivehome. Their next show will be in Dothan June 3 at the Rewired Coffee House @ 8 pm. All ages will be admitted.

Joseph O. Patton
Editor and Publisher
Capital City Free Press - Capitol City Free Press


Discography

Goodluck, Goodbye (2005)

Title track recieves regular rotation on 95.1 The Fox in Montgomery, AL and also at 95.9 The Tiger in Auburn, AL.

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Intense, gritty, emotional, melodic rock with high voltage vocals and top-notch production is what you get with For The Drive Home. Led by front-man and guitarist Nick Frontiero, this groundbreaking rock native to Montgomery, AL has taken over the competitive Southeast music scene one high-profile club at a time, sharing the stage with such major label acts as TRUSTcompany, Social Burn, and Submersed. The band’s innovative singles are crafted around the darker lyrical tone of front-man Nick Frontiero, yet strongly complimented by the surprisingly strong pipes of co-front-man and keyboardist Chris Harvey. The innovative approach to keyboards along with the attention to vocal performance and production in such a heavy rock band make for a groundbreaking sound leaves most audience members yearning for more.

“For The Drive Home started as a part-time project in a small band room I rented trying to bounce back from a failed band and a failed relationship.” explains Nick. Nearly 4 years in the making a lot has changed since Nick first met guitarist Michael Baker and Bass player Johnny Cage. “Playing with them felt effortless from the very beginning and we all knew it.” Frontiero remembers. The three began to build their Southeast following with various drummers for nearly a year until they found Jason Foley, a dedicated player and absolute monster behind the kit. He’s been playing for nearly 20 years; how’s that for dedication? But the story doesn’t end there; Jason brought with him, long time friend and band-mate, Chris Harvey to fill in on keyboards and vocals. Chris, a guitar player by trade, surprisingly fell right in on the keys and gave the band the cutting edge sound they were looking for. With Jason and Chris the band was able to complete the lineup of what is now For The Drive Home - a band, an idea, a family…a lifestyle.

“Goodluck, Goodbye”. The 8-track debut was tirelessly written, produced, financed and distributed by The For The Drive Home. Frontiero writes dramatic lyrics from a bruised soul, but doesn’t want to come off as brooding. "We're talking about serious issues that deal with past relationships and experiences, but the music is sometimes upbeat and celebratory; Instead of escaping to drugs, alcohol, whatever...I escaped to my music." While the entire band wrote most of the music, Frontiero is the main contributor of the lyrical efforts. Writing has always been a priority for the band and they can be heard at their live shows and, on occasion, on one of their many partner websites. “Everyone comes from different angles.” says Frontiero. “The entire band typically handles all the arrangements while Chris and I orchestrate the vocals. He and I complement each other extremely well and I think it comes across as obvious in the music.”

The media hasn’t been blind either. 95.1 The Fox, a Cumulous Media radio station, has regularly featured For The Drive Home on the station as well as promotional events. The station’s top DJ Rick Hendrick recently stated in an interview with front-man Nick Frontiero, “There are a lot of good local bands out there but not all of them are ready to take it to the next level. For The Drive Home is ready for that next level and more!” If you do one thing for your venue then book this band. They won’t forget it and neither will your clientele.

Bands performed with:

-TRUSTcompany
-Social Burn
-Submersed
-The Wallflowers
-30 Seconds To Mars
-Hybrid L
-Hand Honey
-Terrific Kid
-Monroe Brown

Venues performed at:

-Floyd's Music Store / Tallahassee, FL
-Off The Wagon / Montgomery, AL
-The Evening Muse / Charlotte, NC
-Florida Music Festival / Orlando, FL
-Rocking Horse / Birminigham, AL
-The Handle Bar / Pensacola, FL
-J Krash's / Panama City Beach
-Swayze's / Marietta, GA
-The Library / Atlanta, GA

Awards & Honors:

*Winner 1st place at Auburn, AL 104.9 The Tiger Battle of the Bands 2004
*Winner 1st place overall Best in Show at 2005 Montgomery Jubilee Cityfest Battle of the Bands
*Winner 1st place Hard Rock category at 2005 Montgomery Jubilee Cityfest Battle of the Bands
*Montgomery Advertiser Reader's Choice Award Winner for Best Local Band 2004
*Montgomery Advertiser Reader's Choice Award Winner for Best Local Band 2005 (2nd year in a row)