Driven Out embraces a timeless indie rock swagger on their assured “Inspired by You”. Interplay here feels fantastic for there is a joy to the way they interact with each other. Riffs have a strong, driving quality to them and the rhythm section has a beauty about it. By far the highlight comes from the vocals that have an urgency about them. While rooted in indie rock, they show off some wild, unhinged guitar solos that gives the journey a classic quality. Volume is an absolute must for theirs is a beast of a sound, one to get lost in.
Who serve as their inspirations? A number of bands come to mind in terms of their loose, nimble, yet catchy riffs. The Pixies Doolittle era output definitely informs a lot of the album, for there is that same go for broke spirit that helps to propel the whole of the album forward. Distorted riffs, the physicality of the drumming, and the shouted vocals all add to the early unhinged ethos of Black Francis’s first incarnation of the Pixies. Beyond that, and going a little more contemporary, is the effortless chill of Austin’s Spoon, for they capture that garage rock energy as they also show off some surprisingly impeccable chops.
“Change” opens the album up with a taut groove. Quite limber with the bassline, the way the song expands has a majesty about it. Neatly capturing the mood of the moment is the longing “Quarantine”. Aptly named “Wild” burns through its duration with a steely-eyed gaze. Tension builds and builds on the churning “In Her Eyes” as they let the anxiety reign supreme until it explodes. Elegant to a tee is the stately “Defend” which has a wonderful defiance about it. On “Melody” their approach careens wildly blending acoustic and electric together. Akin to a grand journey is the slowed-down space rock ethos of “Crown of Thorns”.
A menacing rhythm introduces “Wrath of Man” which features an aggressive stance. Nicely drawing from the spaciousness of Modest Mouse’s best work “Lady Ledeene” has a surreal aspect behind it. Dramatic flourishes intermingle within “As I Lay Here”. Pure muscle informs the heaviness of “To the Grave”. Neat folk origins are elaborated upon with “Spitting Fire” which has a tenderness about it. Easily the highlight is the expansive “Blue Jay” where they create a warm, inviting presence. Within this piece it all works as there is a sense of light-drenched reflection. Bringing it all nicely to a close is the fury of “Light of Day”.
“Inspired by You” features a sense of true bliss showing off Driven Out’s undeniable power.