Reverse Neutral Drive
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Reverse Neutral Drive

Burlington, Vermont, United States | SELF

Burlington, Vermont, United States | SELF
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"Reverse Neutral Drive, Bringing Down Babar Album Review"

"It’s a smart, infectious and fun sound that seems tailor-made to excite people at live shows. They distill a wide spectrum of influences into a smart, well-constructed identity of their own." - 7 Days


Bringing Down Babar- Full Length Album released in July 2010



Reverse Neutral Drive began in the mind of composer and guitarist Geoff Bennington while he was studying music in Rochester NY in 2008. The idea was to play fun, catchy rock music that would have just enough classical music influence to keep the attuned ear interested. He began recruiting some friends and playing shows in the Rochester area, and upon graduating moved to Burlington, VT to join his brother Will and take the idea further.

The two soon met keyboard player Taylor Johnson and the three began to have an immediate affinity for each others' playing, creating a unique sound by weaving guitar and piano melodies in and out of each other underneath vocal hooks that are simultaneously catchy and poetic. They began recording soon after their first meeting with the help of Josh Druckerman on bass and cello, and live performances in the Burlington area soon followed. The quartet worked feverishly on completing their debut album, Bringing Down Babar, while developing a reputation for an energetic live show with songs that would occasionally delve into odd time signature and spaced out ambient loops before snapping back into a catchy groove.

Bringing Down Babar was released in July 2010, just after Druckerman left the band for law school. The three remaining members decided to press on and played shows with a number of musicians filling in on bass until the band settled with Gabi Shapiro in the winter of 2011. At the same time Greg Allison began playing Violin with the group, taking the band's sound further towards the symphonic, while at times offering bits of virtuosity.

The current incarnation of the group first performed at Arlene's Grocery in New York City in March of 2011 to a warm welcoming and returned in April to a packed house, while continuing to play in the Burlington area as well. They are planning to head into the studio to release an EP in the fall of 2011.