Driver Friendly – Peaks + Valleys EP Review
(By Brandy Cordova) Texas’ Driver Friendly releases their EP Peaks + Valleys on Hopeless Records today, June 4, 2013. Their sound is melodic, high energy with a pop/punk feel. Peaks + Valleys has a fun fill to it. Good beats, fun lyrics and a wide variety of sound coming from the seven piece band. The layering of vocals amongst guitar and bass, with trombone and trumpet making their splash, keep the songs steady and lively.
Driver Friendly was included in Alternative Press Magazine’s “100 Bands You Need To Know for 2013”! I can see why. They are fun and upbeat and portray the sound and feel of many of the bands on Hopeless Records. I could listen to the album in its entirety and not get bored. I could even have it playing in the background with friends and it would suit the group, not too heavy, not to slow, not too sappy or crappy.
Overall, I would say I would give this EP 6 out of 10. It’s good, but I would not make a run to the store or to iTunes to buy it. I would listen for free on Spotify or Pandora if I was in the mood for some melodic pop/punk.