Quietdrive

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Quietdrive
QuietDriveatRevellution.jpg
Kevin Truckenmiller singing for the first annual Revellution at UC San Diego
Background information
Origin Hopkins, Minnesota, United States
Genres Alternative rock, pop punk
Instruments Guitars, vocals, drums, bass, violin
Years active 2002–present
Labels Red Ink/Epic (2004–2007)
The Militia Group (2008–2009)
Sneaker 2 Bombs (2009-)
Website www.quietdrivemusic.com
Members Kevin Truckenmiller
Brandon Lanier
Will Caesar
Brice Niehaus
Brady Trudeau

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.

History[edit]

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,[citation needed] 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]

Quietdrive initially built a following at The Garage youth center in Burnsville, Minnesota.[3][improper synthesis?] The band pursued music venues in Minneapolis but found better connection with younger crowds and stayed between suburban and city clubs. As Quietdrive, the band recorded demo songs with Eric Trelstad. These songs were heard by Will.I.Am from Black Eyed Peas during a visit to Minneapolis recording studio IPR. Will arranged for the band to retain attorney Peter Lewitt and to showcase in Los Angeles but executives from Interscope passed on signing the band. Afterwards, Truckenmiller began strongly to consider reorganizing the band with inclusion of Matt Kirby. By April 2004, Kirby was officially made a band member and Sneaker2bombs began live performances in local bars including The Lodge. Truckenmiller and Kirby also performed as an acoustic duo at the graduation night for Holy Angels Academy High School in June 2004.

The band put Sneaker2bombs recordings on music industry mp3 sites and Chris Foitle, an intern at Epic Records in Santa Monica, began contacting Bonhiver and Truckenmiller. In July 2004, Epic arranged to see the band perform in Minneapolis with the assistance of Greg Sheldon. Pete Giberga, a Vice President of A&R at Epic's Santa Monica's office, flew in and decided to sign the band. Giberga was familiar with Sui Generis, a young emo act from Apple Valley who Giberga unsuccessfully pursued for Epic in 2003. In early August 2004, Giberga contacted attorney Lewitt and offered a deal memo binding Quietdrive to Epic. Truckenmiller consented. Over the next four months, the band sought advice from industry veterans including Danny Nozell, and emerged with the decision to dismiss Lewitt, hire Sui Generis attorney Jeff Biederman, and negotiate a long form contract with Epic. During this time, Atlantic Records also expressed interest in meeting with the band but that interest was held in check by Epic's deal memo and Epic's executive intimations that it would pursue legal action if it lost the band to another label.

In November 2004, the band flew to New York and met with Epic department heads, including head of A&R Ben Goldman, label chief Steve Barnett, head of marketing Lee Stimmel, and radio-promo heads Joel Klaiman and Jacqueline Saturn. Following that visit, final terms were negotiated and a long form was signed.

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.[1]

Quietdrive released their second full-length album Deliverance on October 14, 2008, and supported this album with an extensive tour with announced dates in the US, UK, and Japan.[4]

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.[5]

Matt Kirby left the band due his first child being born. He became the band's manager shortly after. Several guitarists filled in for him at live shows. including Ryan Irey and Jack Swagger (Machine 22).

The band released their self-titled third studio album on December 14, 2010.[6]

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".[7] The band began recording in October 2011,[8] and intended the album to included 10 songs voted on by fans and one original song.[9] 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.[10]

Band members[edit]

The band members occasionally play instruments other than their primary instruments listed below.

Current members
Former members
  • Justin Bonhiver: Guitar (2002–2012)
  • Matt Kirby: Guitar/vocals (2002–2009), Manager (2009–present)
  • Droo Hastings: Bass (2002–2010)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums/EPs[edit]

Date of Release Title Label US Billboard Peak
2002 [11] 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

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
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
2008 "Deliverance" Deliverance
2009 "Jessica" Close Your Eyes EP
2010 "Way Out" Quietdrive
2010 "Fading Light" Quietdrive
2012 "Until The End (Acoustic Version)" Quietdrive
2013 "Even When I'm Gone"

Music videos[edit]

Other[edit]

  • 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), and Parks and Recreation (Season 5 episode 16).
  • Quietdrive's songs "Kissing your Lips", "Deliverance", and "Hollywood" appeared on the XBOX360 snowboarding game soundtrack, STOKED(2009)

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