Band of the Day: Drivetrain

Drivetrain make straightforward hard rock so their answers are in the similar vein. Read on…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Portland, Maine! Home of lighthouses, lobster, and rock ‘n roll apparently!

How did you meet?

We’ve known each other since grade school.

How long have you been playing as a band?

We started writing music for short film soundtracks (that we wrote) in 2012. We switched to a live band full time in 2015.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

We all love cars and have owned muscle cars…we make muscle car rock!

What are your influences?

Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Clutch, James Brown, Kiss.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

We play hot n’ sweaty stompin’ rock n’ roll that will make you want to dance and bang your head at the same time. It will hurt, but it’s worth it.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Sex, cars and military history

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

We’ve played around 50 shows in New England. It’s loud and crude with more dancing than moshing. We bring more girls than most hard rock bands. That brings the boys to the yard too…

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

We’ve had someone in the crowd smack Kevin in the face with his own microphone stand.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Alex has played the same Yamaha Stage Custom kit since we started jamming as kids in 1997. Ben plays LTD basses, Butch plays a Fender Cyclone and a BC Rich Mockingbird. Kevin plays Les Pauls. Marshall amps! Meat and potatoes loud crunchy sound.

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

We have a new album Muscles Big and a single “Bottle Up” that was featured in the March 2019 issue of Classic Rock Magazine.

What are your plans for 2019?

We’ve been opening for some great bands – CKY and Scissorfight to name a few. We will mostly be in New England but you never know.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

We’d love to open for Clutch and our friends Twin Grizzly would warm up the night. They are hard to follow but we make do. Savage rock ‘n roll!

The best would’ve been to open for Bon Scott-era AC/DC. We would’ve fit nice on a late 70s drunken club bill. Maybe with Rose Tattoo? Born too late and not in Oz!

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April 2, 2019 4:02 PM

Thanks guys! Great website! We are honored!