Faber Drive

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Faber Drive
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Faber Drive in 2011. Left to right: Faber, JP, Krikit, Stricko.
Background information
Origin Mission, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Alternative rock, pop punk, new wave, synthpop (new material)
Years active 2004–present
Labels 604
Website www.faberdrive.com
Members Dave Faber
Jeremy "Krikit" Liddle
Jordan "JP" Pritchett
Seamus O'Neill
Past members Ray Bull
David Hinsley
Calvin Lechner
Andrew Stricko

Faber Drive is a four-piece Canadian pop punk band from Mission, British Columbia.

Biography[edit]

Faber Drive is a four-piece Juno Award-nominated Canadian rock band from Mission, British Columbia. They have toured with bands such as Hedley, Stereos, Marianas Trench, Simple Plan and Metro Station. They have gained a huge amount of popularity in many parts of Canada. Already well known for a local fan base, Faber Drive released a limited edition three-song EP under the band name Faber. Due to legal issues, the band changed their name to Faber Drive.

Discovered by Chad Kroeger of Nickelback and signed to his 604 Records label, Faber Drive released their debut album Seven Second Surgery on May 1, 2007, which was followed by the release of four singles. The band's biggest influencees are U2, The Police, Def Leppard, Jimmy Eat World, Stryper and Winger. The band also featured in the American drama television series Kyle XY. Two of their songs, "Killin' Me" and "Summer Fades to Fall", had featured in the show. The band also made an appearance in episode 3.01, "Psychic Friend", which aired on January 19, 2009. The band's lead singer Dave Faber is married to Ricarda Faber and has four kids—Faith, David Dayton, Patience and Isaiah.

Name[edit]

The band got their name when Faber and Red were driving and Faber was playing guitar behind the wheel and drove through a red light. Red then said "Faber drive!", thus giving them the name Faber Drive. After winning the Fox Seeds competition, they changed their name to Faber Drive to avoid potential legal issues. One of the names they considered before electing Faber Drive was Seven Second Surgery, but they decided it made a better album title than band name.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Faber taught "Red" how to play drums for a while and asked him if he wanted to audition for his band. Hinsley was referred to Faber by his brother. At first, Dave thought he wasn't what he was looking for. A couple days later, Hinsley invited Faber for some beverages and they just connected. Dave found his lead guitarist. Red and Faber saw Krikit playing bass at an Easter service at the local church. Faber gave him his number, Krikit thought he was trying to make him come to church more often but he was going to stop coming because he had started drinking and didn't feel it was right. When he found out Faber and Red weren't from the church he was overwhelmed. He learned all the songs and played without hesitation three days before the band's first gig. Since then, they have opened for bands such as Nickelback, Hedley and Simple Plan.

Early years and rise to fame[edit]

After forming Faber, Dave would sign to Chad Kroeger of Nickelback's 604 Records label and hook up with Joey Moi for pre-production and Brian Howes to co-write with Faber. They then joined Fox's Battle of the Bands and would eventually win. After the band's triumph, they released a limted edition self-titled EP. They would later change their name to Faber Drive to avoid potential legal issues and would go on tour to promote their debut album titled Seven Second Surgery. Some concerts were partially taped on camera by band members and posted on YouTube. They would release three singles and music videos from Seven Second Surgery. In April 2008, Ray was married and decided to leave the band. Calvin "Poncho" Lechner would join Faber Drive's line up and replace Red. They would later release a fourth single titled "Sleepless Nights", concerning a child's point of view of his parents fighting. In the summer of 2008, David Hinsley quit the band. Zubin Thakkar from the band Prize Fighter would come in to replace Hinsley and play in concerts until Faber Drive's last show in October 2008.

Seven Second Surgery[edit]

Faber Drive's debut album Seven Second Surgery was released on May 1, 2007. Four singles were released from Seven Second Surgery: "Second Chance", "Tongue Tied", "When I'm with You", and "Sleepless Nights" (featuring Brian Melo). While "Second Chance" and "Tongue Tied" had successful chart positions in the west of Canada, "When I'm with You" had its best chart positions in the east.

Can't Keep a Secret[edit]

The band's second album Can't Keep a Secret was released on November 10, 2009. Lead single "G-Get Up and Dance" was produced by Faber, Dave "Rave" Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails) and Colin "Crocker" Friesen. The single premiered on July 13, 2009 and became available on iTunes on July 21, 2009. Guitarist Jordan Pritchett, son of country singer Aaron Pritchett, and drummer Andrew Stricko joined and replaced Hinsley and Lechner. "G-Get Up and Dance" went Gold after 5 weeks, reached #2 on iTunes Canada, and debuted at #6 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Lost in Paradise[edit]

The band released their third studio album Lost in Paradise on August 28, 2012. Since the album's release, Faber Drive has shot and released music videos for the songs "Do It in Hollywood", "Candy Store" and "Life Is Waiting". The band headed across Canada on the successful Lost in Paradise tour in Fall/Winter 2012. They have since visited Singapore to perform two shows for Music Matters and performed at some music festivals during the summer of 2013.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Faber - Lead Vox/Guitar
  • Jordan "JP" Pritchett - Guitar/Vox
  • Jeremy "Krikit" Liddle - Bass/Vox
  • Seamus O'Neill - Drums/Vox

Former members[edit]

Touring members[edit]

  • Zubin Thakkar - lead guitar and backing vocals (2008)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Date of release Title Label
May 1, 2007 Seven Second Surgery 604 Records
November 10, 2009 Can't Keep a Secret
August 28, 2012 Lost in Paradise

EP[edit]

Date of release Title Label
2005 Faber 604 Records

Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2007 "Tongue Tied" SOCAN No. 1 Song Award Won
2008 "Second Chance" Canadian Radio Music Awards for Best New Group (Hot A/C) of the Year Won
Juno for Best New Group of the Year Nominated

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