James Ingram (vocals), Alex Howat (guitar), Will French (guitar), Hugo Brown (bass/guitar) and Tom Harmsworth (drums) are South Drive. The band has been around since 2014 and can’t seem to hold onto a vocalist. They have tried out four different vocalists so far while playing shows and building a fanbase.
The band released a five-song EP entitled Nothing's Wrong which showcases a band that mix some elements of punk, rock and alternative. Ingram has a distinct English accent which I thought worked well with the music. I was reminded of the band Iceage a number of times.
South Drive opens with “B-side” which starts with a simple clean guitar riff and vocals. It doesn't take too long to introduce drums and distortion but the song gains very little energy. The song revolves around broken young hearts as he laments about a relationship gone awry.
Up next is “Circles” which is more aggressive than the opener. Ingram sounds indignant on this track. The first two tracks were solid but I thought “Heroine” was the highlight. Ingram gives his best vocal performance and I also thought the way the song unfolded was inventive. It starts with a warm picking pattern and side snare shots but eventually swells into four chord style punk rock.
They close with “Crashing Down” which has more of a straight pop punk vibe than anything else on the album.
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