Sunday Drive - s/t (CD-R)
250 CD-Rs pressed with covers printed on dark turquoise or tan inserts, all copies hand-numbered.
3. last ballad
4. scared to know you
5. torpedoes kill fish
6. so long (acoustic)
7. varying shades of black (and getting blacker)
8. digital rat poison
9. thrift heart shopping
10. so long
Not many people are going to hear of Sunday Drive. Not nearly enough, anyway. This band pressed 250 copies of their six-song EP on CD-R, hand numbering each one. I have number 86, myself. Soon they sold out, but now they are back in print with four more songs added to create a complete ten-track album. Only 250 copies exist of these, and they two are hand numbered. I urge you to buy one of these before it's too late.
What was once a dime-a-dozen CD-R now holds ten tracks of fiery, tormented melodic rock in the vein of Alkaline Trio, only more drenched in sweat and emotion than even the early and most inspired Alkaline Trio song. Sunday Drive are less conventional melodic punk in their approach, however, and a melodic folk rock touch, with some slightly Dylan-esque vocals, gives the CD its character. The band is equipped with one of the best bassists I have ever heard, Russ Ellis who also laid down beautiful lines for Notice. The bass comes to life in these songs, due in part to Russ's astonishing abilities, but also to the sharp production.
Every song scores at the top of the charts for lyrical and musical content, and the album as a whole is pushed over the top by its creativity, variety, and authenticity. There's a gritty rock song in "Digital Rat Poison", a moody but spine-tingling melodic slow song in "Last Ballad", and a scrappy post-punk song with dual throaty vocals in "Torpedoes Kill Fish"; all have in common impassioned vocals and lyrics, and a genius sense of melody. The songs I have not mentioned are equally worthy of mention. I adore the folkish crooning in "So Long", the ironically happy and bouncy "Scared to Know You", and the bass-led groove of "Fire". Sunday Drive truly can do no wrong, and I reiterate the importance of this collectors item to your CD collection. (Review By: Tim Krysko, punkinternational.com)