Scarlett Drive introduced themselves and their music to the world in January of 2012 with the release of their self-titled debut album, “Scarlett Drive”. This 7-song album dropped hints of southern rock, blues, and country influence, and was met with an overwhelmingly positive response.
“We write the songs we want to hear. We write the songs we want to play. This allows our natural energy and enthusiasm to come through in the music. It makes us sound natural and organic.” says Josh Kleiner, lead guitarist.
After climbing into the top 10 on Bandcamp within weeks under the genre “country rock”, Scarlett Drive found themselves receiving national exposure by having multiple tracks (‘I Blame the Whiskey’ & ‘Get Out of My Way’) licensed by CBS and aired on the hit television series, ‘90210”, in the spring of 2012.
“Both tracks were picked up and aired on separate episodes. It was definitely a great experience to hear ourselves on that type of level so soon after the album release.” says Chris Martin, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. “It also introduced us to the business side of things very quickly, so it was as much educational as it was surreal.”
In the summer of 2012, Scarlett Drive received the opportunity of a lifetime, opening for grammy-award winning artist, Huey Lewis & the News, in Omaha, NE. This outdoor festival, sponsored by Bank of the West, attracted over 60,000 people.
“The experience was certainly one that we won’t forget. What I enjoyed most about it was the fact that we were part of such a large production. It was cool to see all of the different groups needed to produce something of that size and what was required to make it run smoothly.” says Keith Sullivan, bass player. “The best part was that we didn’t have to do anything except play when it was time to rock.”
Since the festival, Scarlett Drive has received press as an Up & Comer in Pulse Magazine’s college issue, Sept 2012, featured on Late Night Boston, a website known for spreading the word of Boston entertainment, and most recently, added as a headline artist on PopVulture Magazine, a national online medium with over 76K monthly subscribers!
“Whether you know them by name or not, Scarlett Drive’s gritty southern style has been getting them recognized in the music industry.” says Will Caron of Late Night Boston.
In the summer of 2013, Scarlett Drive released their highly anticipated follow-up to their self-titled debut album; a 4-track EP, ‘The Next Train’. The EP features 4 new original tunes, all written and produced by Scarlett Drive, and tracked by Circles & Squares Productions in Natick, MA. They spent 11 months tracking this monster, feeling the pressure of having to follow up with awesomeness, in hopes of satisfying all the SD fans out there waiting for new music.
“Without a doubt, there is an added pressure felt when performing.” says Keith Sullivan. “Although this pressure will come from the desire to please our audiences, we often feel the need to fulfill our own personal expectations too. With each great show comes a new and higher expectation and we constantly try to exceed that in our every performance. Sometimes we do, and sometimes we don’t. When we do, we feel great about it because not only have we met or exceeded our own expectations, but we’ve also met the expectation of our audience and our fans.”
“Fans can expect an evolution. Our first album got our name out there. This next album (EP) defines us. The music is more evolved and we are finally figuring out who we are and who we want to be as an original artist.” says Chris Martin. “It’ll hit you hard, and hopefully, make you turn that volume knob to the right.”
“Massive ear-gasms, obviously!” says Tim Baumann, drummer, when asked what the fans can expect out of the new music. “I guess the best way to sum it up is a change in direction and our music starting to develop its own identity & its own sound. I feel that this album is really reflective of our growth as a band, not only musically, but lyrically.”
Scarlett Drive wants to redefine the rock with unreal live performances, all while maintaining a steady stream of new material. As one enthusiastic fan once said of a Scarlett Drive performance,
“Your music made me want to crush beers.” says an anonymous fan.
That’s all Scarlett Drive has ever wanted.