Kevin Truckenmiller singing for the first annual Revellution at UC San Diego
|Origin||Hopkins, Minnesota, United States|
|Instruments||Guitars, vocals, drums, bass, violin|
|Labels||Red Ink/Epic (2004-2007)
The Militia Group (2008-2009)
Sneaker 2 Bombs (2009-)
Quietdrive is an alternative rock band based in Hopkins, Minnesota that formed in 2002. Quietdrive released their debut album When All That's Left Is You on May 30, 2006 on Epic Records. In April 2008, Quietdrive parted with Epic Records and released their album titled Deliverance on October 14, 2008 with the Militia Group. In 2009 they parted with Militia Group and released their independent EP titled Close Your Eyes on their own independent record label Sneaker 2 Bombs Records. Their third full-length album, titled Quietdrive, debuted on December 14, 2010 and recently released their latest full-length album, titled Up or Down, on April 24, 2012.
The band attended Armstrong High School located in Plymouth, Minnesota, and in ninth grade, Brandon Lanier started telling Droo Hastings that he was a great drummer, and that they should start a band with him and his friend Justin Bonhiver. Initially the band was a trio with Hastings as lead singer and bass guitar, Lanier playing drums, and Bonhiver on guitar. The band posted an audition for a lead singer on MP3.com. Kevin Truckenmiller entered the band after submitting his solo work, including an early incarnation of the song "I Go Both Ways". Matt Kirby began attending Saint John's University with Truckenmiller. The group eventually joined together and formed in 2002 under the name "Sneaker 2 Bombs," a hard rock band which reflected the evolving Minneapolis local music scene.
Quietdrive initially built a following at The Garage youth center in Burnsville, Minnesota.[improper synthesis?] The band pursued music venues in Minneapolis but found better connection with younger crowds and stayed between suburban and city clubs. The local scene following eventually led to the Twin Cities performance of Van’s Warped Tour in 2004. Afterward, an A&R scout for Epic Records (a label under Sony BMG) began contacting the band in June 2004. Though the band had been pulling in two different directions, the members came into agreement with the record company and signed to the Epic label later in December.
When All That's Left Is You is Quietdrive's first LP, produced, engineered and mixed by Matt Kirkwold and James Harley of World Record Productions with additional mixing by Chris Lord-Alge and Mark Endert, was released in May 2006. Its first single was "Rise from the Ashes" and was featured on Electronic Arts' NHL 07 soundtrack. In 2006 the band released their cover of the Cyndi Lauper song "Time After Time" to nationwide radio play. The song is also used for the WNBA "Have You Seen Her?" advertising campaign. The song became a minor hit on pop radio, hitting No. 25 on the syndicated American Top 40 countdown show. It was also featured on the soundtrack of the 2006 feature film, John Tucker Must Die. The song was also featured in the trailer to the 2008 remake of the film Prom Night.
After the CD release into 2007, the band had a lengthy US tour and was featured in January 2007 as the "Artist of the Month" on Xbox Live. Quietdrive with producers Kirkwold and Harley released a new single titled "Pretend" on their AbsolutePunk.net page in early 2007 for fans. Though the band garnered success with Epic, in April 2008 they cancelled their contract with Epic Records partly citing the restricting management of the major music industry.
Quietdrive released their EP "Close Your Eyes" independently on October 13, 2009. Their first single was "Jessica". Robby Starbuck produced the music video, which premiered on buzznet.com on December 15, 2009. Shortly after the release of Close Your Eyes, Matt Kirby decided to leave the band. In the summer of 2010, bassist Droo Hastings also decided to leave Quietdrive while the band was touring in support of Close Your Eyes.
Matt Kirby left the band due his first child being born. He became the bands manager shortly after. Several guitarists filled in for him at live shows including Ryan Irey and Jack Swagger (Machine 22).
In the summer of 2010 Droo Hastings left the band to pursue his own music and he also was expecting his first child. The band didn't make an official announcement at first. They took him off the official members area on Facebook and fans speculated that he had left the band and the band confirmed soon after. Droo still remains good friends with all the members of Quietdrive and frequents their shows in the Twin Cities.
They were looking for a full-time guitarist and bassist to fill Kirby and Droo's positions in the band. Will Caesar auditioned sometime in mid-2010 and Brice Niehaus auditioned for bassist soon after that. They both played in Milwaukee in August 2010 for the first time with the whole band which Will has said was basically their final audition for the band. Soon after that they were both added as official members of Quietdrive on their official Facebook page.
Quietdrive began a fundraising project on Kickstarter, and on July 31, 2011, just two hours before their deadline, the band exceeded their goal of $15,000 to record the cover album "Your Record Our Spin". The band began recording in October 2011, and intended the album to included 10 songs voted on by fans and one original song. In late December 2011, fans who donated $10 or more via Kickstarter began receiving their copy of the album; the final version only included the 10 songs voted on by Kickstarter-donating fans, with an original eleventh track available later for digital download via a password distributed to those who donated to the fundraising campaign.
On February 1, 2012, Quietdrive released their single "Until the End (Acoustic)" on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation. A music video was released on YouTube that same day, featuring the Grand Nationals, Colin Kassekert, and Phil Costa of the Dallas Cowboys.
On April 24, 2012, Quietdrive released their fourth studio album titled "Up or Down". Originally it was going to be an eight song EP that was supposed to be released late 2011 or early 2012. The release was changed to late spring 2012 so the band kept writing songs for the album. In the past Kevin Truckenmiller was the primary song writer but to change things up a bit Will Caesar and a few others co-wrote a lot of the songs. One of the songs on the album was only recorded a few weeks before the cd released in April.
On October 10, 2012, Justin Bonhiver announced he was leaving the band to pursue other interests.
Band members 
The band members occasionally play instruments other than their primary instruments listed below.
- Current members
- Kevin Truckenmiller Vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Violin Bass (2002–Present)
- Brandon Lanier: Drums (2002–Present)
- Will Caesar: Guitar/Vocals (2010–Present)
- Brice Niehaus: Bass (2010–Present)
- Brady Trudeau: Guitar (2012-Present)
- Former members
- Justin Bonhiver: Guitar (2002–2012)
- Matt Kirby: Guitar/vocals (2002–2009), Manager (2009–present)
- Droo Hastings: Bass (2002–2010)
|Date of Release||Title||Label||US Billboard Peak|
|2002 ||Demo||Self Released|
|November 30, 2003||Leaving Dramatics EP|
|August 4, 2004||Quietdrive EP||Epic Records|
|September 27, 2005||Fall from the Ceiling EP||Epic Records|
|March 27, 2006||Rise from the Ashes EP|
|May 30, 2006||When All That's Left Is You||29 Heatseekers|
|October 14, 2008||Deliverance||The Militia Group||1 Alternative New Artist and No. 6 Heatseakers|
|October 13, 2009||Close Your Eyes EP||Independent|
|December 14, 2010||Quietdrive||Independent|
|December 28, 2011||Your Record / Our Spin||Independent|
|April 24, 2012||Up or Down||Independent|
|US Hot 100||US Pop 100||US Digital Songs||American Top 40||New Zealand RIANZ Singles|
|2006||"Rise from the Ashes"||When All That's Left Is You|
|2007||"Time After Time"||102||57||73||25||35|
|2009||"Jessica"||Close Your Eyes EP|
|2012||"Until The End (Acoustic Version)"||Quietdrive|
Music videos 
- "Rise from the Ashes" (2006), from When All That's Left Is You
- "Jessica", (2009), from Close Your Eyes EP
- "Way Out" (2010), from Quietdrive
- "Until the End (Acoustic Version)" (2011), from Quietdrive
- "Lie to me", (2012), from "Up Or Down"
- Quietdrive's song "Rise From The Ashes" appeared on the EA Sports NHL 07 Soundtrack.
- Quietdrive's song Time After Tme appeared in John Tucker Must Die (2006), Prom Night (2008)
- Quietdrive's songs "Kissing your Lips", "Deliverance", and "Hollywood" appeared on the XBOX360 snowboarding game soundtrack, STOKED(2009)
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- "Quietdrive Deliverance Tour". Retrieved 2008-10-14.
- leavethedramatics.net (2002). "Quietdrive (Self-Titled Demo) – Quietdrive". leavethedramatics.net. Audioscrobbler. Retrieved 2008-05-28.