Local Artist Of The Whenever #19: Drive By Night

Drive By Night

Drive By Night

I’m once again stretching the definition of ‘local’ with this one, but Leeds-based four-piece Drive By Night are worthy of a little poetic license. Formed from the detritus of short-lived indie group Circles (who nevertheless bagged a slot at Leeds Festival before they split up), the band have only been in existence since the beginning of the year but are already making good on the promise shown by their former group. Indeed, they’ve already caught the ear of James Kenosha, who’s produced their debut single – having previously worked with breakout Leeds bands such as Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Grammatics. And never let it be said I’m not right at the forefront of new music coverage, because here is that very single, ‘Play Fake’.

What do you mean it came out last week and you can download it for free from their Bandcamp page?

‘Play Fake’ arguably shows a more restrained side to Drive By Night than their early demo material did, building from sparse, staccato beginnings to an expansive sheen and held together by a surprisingly mature emotional hook. It’s propulsive and engaging without being too in-your-face – think a less histrionic Bloc Party, or some sort of happy medium between your favourite pop-punk band and Wild Beasts. The video reflects the varied tone of the song, with ultra-close-ups of the band contrasting with detached shots of a nighttime cityscape. It’s early days, but it’s quite possible that these guys have struck onto something rather special this time round.

Find Drive By Night on Facebook here.

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