THE WICKED SIDE OF ME
Time seems to fly by when dealing with indie bands, even the best of them.
Cold Driven is an example. It does not seem like it was three years ago that I was first introduced to this band with its release of Steel Chambers, a disk that warranted an 8.5-out-of-10 in a June 4, 2008 review.
Local fans might remember the band from a gig at Rayzer's in the Yorkton Hotel when that venue was doing live music before local apathy killed the bar's interest in supporting traveling bands.
Now nearly exactly three years later the B.C.based band is back with The Wicked Side of Me.
The good news is that Cold Driven does not miss a step with the new disk, although with only six songs and a short intro you are left wanting more.
Of course if the disk had a dozen songs, and they were all as good as the six here, you'd wish there was more.
The band includes brothers Billy and Dennis Nickell and Ben and Shane Bouthillier and Jeremy McLachlan. The five piece unit allows for a big, full band, straight ahead rock sound, which is a comforting place to be for this listener.
From the opening Kingdom Come, or through all six songs Cold Driven does not miss a beat.
The title cut is simply great rock, albeit with a definite melancholy atmosphere. It will feed a certain mood for certain.
Now That I'm Gone is another strong cut on a disk with no weak spot.
Overall this is a CD that should be owned.
Check it out at www.colddriven.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 25, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada