On Saturday, Club Drive took to the stage at Sound Control in Manchester, for their second night of a three date tour (London, Manchester and Birmingham) around the UK. The four piece from Hertfordshire have only been playing together as a band for a year, yet their single Dangerous has already been picked up by BBC Radio 1 as part of their regional Introducing playlist, and latest record Spare Time is now being played on their main international station.
After listening to them in preparation for the show, hints of Maroon 5 and at times a more-pop-less-punk fuelled Fall Out Boy were very apparent in both their lyrics and musical compositions. In addition to this, lead singer Aaron’s voice also has an uncanny similarity to Ryan Tedder of One Republic fame.
The crowd at the gig certainly mirrored the fans of these comparisons, being largely made up of women, the majority of which were teenage girls, who seemed to be very keen on the lads, interacting with them in between tracks and singing their hearts out to every word. Named after an Atari video game from 1994, the group made a great effort to bring energy to a room which wasn’t as full as maybe it should have been considering the Birmingham date sold out – but then their recent elevation onto Radio 1 may well change that when their next tour comes around.
They played an entertaining set of just under an hour, quite a feat for such a new band, including the aforementioned released songs Dangerous and Spare Time, as well as Overthrown, What Happened, International , Leaving, 100 Degrees, Voyager and a couple of other offerings from their modest back catalogue. A special mention should be made to the nights’ supports Mike Bladen, and band Idle Frets, who performed a great version of Mr Probz's Waves.
Signed to NUA Entertainment, Club Drive are playing a number of upcoming summer festivals including Lovebox and The Great Escape.
Words by Sophia Miles