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DC Drive - 1992 DC Drive



ARTIST: DC Drive
ALBUM: DC Drive
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: C2-26584
YEAR: 1992

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Joey Bowen - vocals * Michael Romeo - guitars * Jimmy Romeo - saxophones * Doug Kahan - bass * Mark Pastoria - keyboards * Brian Pastoria - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Street Girl Named Desire * 02 You Need Love * 03 Obsession * 04 All I Want * 05 Get Up And Dance * 06 Outta Bounds * 07 Just Don't Get It * 08 Into You * 09 Fool In Love * 10 Young Gun * 11 Don't Let It Get You Down

WEBLINKS: www.reverbnation.com/adrenalin1


Background
For those in the know, DC Drive were of course, the third incarnation of Detroit melodic rockers Adrenalin. Coming together many years earlier, the band had been through various guises through the eighties: on the one half they were part of the Rocshire/MCA family for two album releases, the second half saw them join up with fellow Motor City rocker Mark Farner, previously with Grand Funk Railroad. In fact, during the late eighties, the Adrenalin band members toured under the handle Mark Farner and Adrenalin, playing primarily GFR material. However, when that gig finished up, the guys hooked up with some new blood, particularly with new singer Joey Bowen and bassist Doug Kahan (previously with Tilt and Flash Kahan). With DC Drive, it's a continuation of their melodic rock 'n' roll workout as per Adrenalin, though this time, the music has more of a rockier edge to it, rather than the fluffy eighties AOR encountered previously with earlier incarnations. Again, Vini Poncia, who worked with them during their Adrenalin days, returns to help out again.


The Songs
Starting out with 'Streetgirl Named Desire', it's a groove laden melodic rocker, with smooth bass lines and some funky sax through the middle, which compliments the song. 'You Need Love' has a cool underlying theme, again high on the groove factor. 'Obsession' is a slower piece, which twists and turns along melodic rock boulevard, it's followed by the effortless AOR style of 'All I Want' which is beautifully done. More in keeping with the Detroit sound is 'Get Up And Dance', infectious rock mixed in with the obligatory brass section! 'Just Don't Get It' has similar traits while Michael Romeo rattles off a few Angus Young guitar riffs a la 'Back In Black' on the excellent 'Into You'. His guitar power strikes home on 'Don't Let It Get You Down', which is completed by a chant-a-long chorus and some funky bass lines from Doug. All round, an excellent album, worthy of thorough investigation by all you AORsters out there.


In Summary
The overall history of DC Drive as a working unit was a relatively short one. The guys going off to do other things in life, including starting families. However, as recently reported here at HOTR, Adrenalin and DC Drive (effectively being one and the same now), have reformed temporarily during 2002, and will test the waters of public interest thereafter. A couple of gigs in their hometown Detroit, plus the private release of their 25 Years Anthology CD (featuring some DC Drive material as well) has seen renewed interest in their musical efforts once again.


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