“TAUK performed at the HopCat in Detroit on March 19th. Their opener, Pleasant Drive, a more jam than funk outfit out of Kalamazoo left a lasting impression with their energetic and well put together sound.”
"Come with me to the unknown," the band Pleasant Drive sand in the first track of their new EP Realize. It's fitting, because the local jam band seem to bring listeners to another place above the stars. In this band's first studio debut, their myths swoosh with cloudy textures, their harmonies on the song "Dig" almost sound angelic, and some of their guitar solos rip like thunder.
“Pleasant Drive gains their influences from different aspects of funk, jam, punk and rock music, creating a sound that is entirely their own, a sound dubbed on their Facebook page as “Punkfunky Jamrock.” The band brings about the same kind of musical diversity that Kalamazoo has become known for over the years. And with a street sign set up on stage bearing the name of the band, there was a real sense of hometown pride in the air during Pleasant Drive’s set on Saturday night... ...something that was evident after they blew the doors off their hinges at Saturday night’s performance. With the crowd singing and dancing along to their unique beat, it is no wonder why Pleasant Drive is a local favorite.”
"What makes Pleasant Drive unique is their sound. The boys don’t put a label on it but consider it a fusion of many different sounds with many different elements throughout; some songs have a Regge and Jammy feel, while others are Funky and Rock like, equipped with catchy and quirky lyrics."
"This year could potentially be a break-out one for Kalamazoo psychedelic rockers Pleasant Drive."
“Very Sabbath! I love this tune. If I could pick a hot young band to produce it would be Pleasant Drive. Raw rock and roll energy! I would love to hear this pumping out of our 2inch 24 track analog tape machine. Sweeeeeet! ~Quote From Jimmy Valentine About Pleasant Drive's Song "Bite The Bone"”