Since coming together in early 2017, The Drives have accelerated into our musical consciousness with their infectious blend of indie rock and electro-pop.
Comprised of singer/guitarist, Andrew Levin, and producer/songwriter, Casey Chen, The Drives make use of catchy guitar hooks and vocal effects to create a uniquely modern vibe. Initially playing in rival bands in high school in Orange County, Levin and Chen began collaborating at the age of 16. In 2010, Levin moved to NYC and Chen moved to Boston. After their respective east coast stints ended at NYU and Berklee, the pair decided to return to Los Angeles.
Born and raised in Orange County, Andrew began playing guitar when he was just 8, and joined his first band at 13. Drawing a great deal of inspiration from movies, Andrew’s songwriting style is notably cinematic, highlighted by deeply personal and introspective lyrics.
Also born in Orange County, Casey spent the better part of his childhood in Tokyo, Japan, before returning to California for high school. Though Casey first picked up the cello, he fell in love with the guitar, drawing inspiration from bands like Bloc Party, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
With Chen’s masterful production techniques and Levin’s honest and vulnerable songwriting, the pair began laying down the indie rock-inspired pop songs that became the initial singles released by The Drives in 2017. After gaining buzz online and around LA from their live performances, the band recorded their debut EP, Am I Alright?
Influenced by indie rockers like The Strokes, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, and Kings of Leon, The Drives are now focused on creating a massive, emotional, and almost cinematic live performance.
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