MP3 Driving South - That's How it Goes
Original, hard-hitting, yet soulful rock music combined with thoughtful lyrics. Influenced by 70''s and modern groups such as the Who, Zeppelin and the Black Crowes, Driving South sound like your new favourite band.
7 MP3 Songs in this album (22:56) !
Related styles: ROCK: Rock & Roll, ROCK: Aussie Rock
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Driving South: A Brief History
Founding members, Simon Gunter and Vibhash Chakraborty, met in 1996 while attending the University of Wollongong, and have remained friends ever since.
Vib, originally from India, was the more experienced of the two musicians. He had grown up playing music and was a member of a highly successful cover band, ultimately playing a concert in front of several thousand fans in Calcutta. This type of exposure fuelled Vib’s interest in pursuing a career in music once he moved to Australia.
Simon, born in Canada of Australian parents, was an aspiring song writer and rhythm player, keen to make his mark. He always had a passion for writing and music and was interested in performing original material.
The two played in a band together for several years while at university and continued to write and record music. At the conclusion of university, both moved to Sydney.
In 2003 Simon met Dan Haesler through work. Dan was a talented singer-songwriter who interested in putting a band together. Simon then approached long time friend and bass player, Mike Holloway, to see if he was interested in the gig, to which he agreed.
With four of the five positions filled, an ad was placed in local street press for a drummer; and the guys went about auditioning musicians. None were to their liking until David Igra turned up. After two rehearsals it was clear that he was the man for the job and was offered the position.
Dave hailed from Sydney and had played professionally for years, including time with the band Turbo Chicken. He had done some limited touring of the East coast of Australia and in Melbourne. Dave’s previous work was more frenetic in style and included elements of funk. However, due to his personal taste in music he was pleased for the opportunity to play some powerful rock music, as well become more involved in the writing process.
From 2003 until 2006 Driving South gigged extensively throughout Sydney and the region, playing some famous venues including The Annandale Hotel and The Marquee amongst others. It was at this point that the band started to generate some interest from the music industry.
In 2004 Driving South recorded their first EP. Upon completion the track, Thought You''d Like to Know, was selected for the Foghorn Records compilation album, Grow Your Own Vol. 10. Songs also started receiving radio play on independent stations, including the influential FBI 94.5 fm, Sydney, along with national play on the AMRAP circuit of regional stations. But the highlight came when they were asked to play live on the biggest morning drive-time programme in Australia, the Kyle and Jackie O Show, Today fm 104.9.
The line-up change occurred in late 2006, when Dan and Mike left the group. It was an amicable departure as both members had personal commitments, which couldn’t be reconciled with the demands of the band. All five players remain good friends.
With the remaining members keen to carry on, meetings were conducted to determine the new direction of Driving South. Due to Dave’s outstanding all round musicianship, including singing, it was decided that he would take over lead vocals with Simon singing backup. Driving South is currently in talks with a potential new member, details soon to be released.
During the break from gigging the trio recorded their second EP, That’s How it Goes. Work began in August 2007 and was completed and released January 2008. The album has been well received by fans and has already generated sales, street press and some amazing testimonials. The first three tracks from the album, Mia’s Song, Rosie and That’s How it Goes, have done particularly well. Visit the official website for more information.
Driving South had managed to combine three distinct cultural influences and styles to create a new, international sound – often described as an “Aussie band with a twist.” While their music has been described as “… a combination of modern and 70’s rock…” In fact, aspects of their work have been likened to rock legends, The Who, Led Zeppelin and the Black Crowes, but with a modern edge. Driving South is currently unsigned.
Driving South: The Band
Dave Igra - Drums/vocals
Born: Sydney, Australia
Lives: Sydney, Australia
Influences: Steve Smith, John Bonham, Stuart Copeland, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, The Black Crowes...
Uses: Drum Workshop and Ludwig drums, Ziljian cymbals and Shure microphones.
Vib Chakraborty - Lead/rhythm guitar
Born: Calcutta, India
Lives: Sydney, Australia.
Influences: Dream Theatre, The Police, The Black Crowes, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Judas Priest, ...
Uses: Gibson Les Paul Standard, Gibson SG, Art & Luthiery dreadnaught, Yamaha classical and Randall amps.
Simon Gunter - Rhythm guitar/backing vocals
Born: Galt, Ontario Canada
Lives: Sydney, Australia.
Influences: Jane’s Addiction, The Black Crowes, The Tragically Hip, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Police, Colin Hay, The Stereophonics, Tears For Fears, AC/DC, Pink Floyd...
Uses: Fender Stratocaster, Godin XT-st, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Seagull dreadnaught, Yamaha classical and Orange amps.