Monday, February 21, 2011

Review -- DRIVE SHE SAID -- Self-Titled

SELF-TITLED
Drive She Said
Indie
6-out-of-10

There is no music I would rather review than that produced here in Saskatchewan. There's a certain level of pride in spreading the word about musicians trying to carve out an audience in a province of only one million people.
That does not mean every disk from Saskatchewan is golden.
Drive She Said hails from Moose Jaw, a four-piece alternative band which has released a five-song EP as a calling card.
In some respects this disk is one which could be held up as an example of what's going on with the industry these days.
CDs are far easier, and cheaper to produce than a decade ago, so bands often rush to get one out. That is not surprising since artists like to share their work, as a writer I appreciate that, and CD sales after shows are often the gas money to the next gig.
However, that doesn't mean the music is always quite top drawer quality.
There is nothing startlingly wrong with the five songs here, but then again there is nothing that has the listener getting anywhere near going Wow!
The overall sound is sort of, well OK comes to mind, but if you are a radio programmer OK probably won't get you airplay outside your hometown either.
Yes, this is a first disk, but in some respects that makes it the most important disk a band ever produces. It's the one handed out to promoters and reviewers and station DJs. It's the first impression, and the line between hot new band to watch and OK but rather generic is often a fine one, and you want to be on the right side of that line after the first CD is cut.
So what we have here with Drive She Said are some OK cuts, such as Choose Your Poison, Sunday and Another Shade of Grey. None are going to chart, but they aren't terrible either. They are 'OK'.
Still to support Saskatchewan talent I'd say pick up the disk and hope Drive She Said gets on the road to a stronger second disk.
Check them out at www.facebook.com/DriveSheSaid
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec 15, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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