Driving East

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Driving East
Origin Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Genres Rock
Pop punk
Years active 2002–present
Labels Brand Name Records
The Militia Group
Associated acts Just Jinjer
The Dance Party
Website Driving East's profile at MySpace
Members Barrett Mullins
Nate Taylor
Steve Zapp
Jon Jester
Past members Aaron Hubbard
Jeff Streicher
Curtis Marion
Justin Horenstein

Driving East is an American pop punk band from Fairfax, VA.


Driving East formed in 2002 after numerous line-up changes. Jon Jester, the original drummer, had moved to Los Angeles to work with his friends in the South African band Just Jinger shortly after they signed with Capitol Records. However, the lure of playing drums brought him back to the East Coast and back to Driving East. Before leaving the West Coast, Jester recruited Aaron Hubbard, who earned a master's degree in music, to become the band's bassist.

The union of Jester, Aaron Hubbard, Nate Taylor, and Barrett Mullins makes up Driving East today. Producer Matt Squire, who worked with the band on A Black Eye or a Broken Heart, said of the band, "Many people try to write songs to get them on the radio but with Driving East what you’re hearing is what comes naturally to them." [1]

Following the 2005 release of their debut EP, A Black Eye or a Broken Heart, on Brand Name Records and performances with national headliners such as Maroon 5, Acceptance, Fall Out Boy and Cartel, the then-five-piece outfit of Virginia natives was signed by The Militia Group, who released their self-title digital EP in late 2006. The EP was recorded prior to their signing by the production team of Kenneth Mount and Zach Odom. The band was on the East Coast legs of 2005 and 2006 Warped Tour.

In 2007, Driving East has continued to tour in support of their EP, which Steve Henderson of AbsolutePunk.net commended for its "unparalleled, monstrous hooks." [2] In the summer of 2007, the band returned to the studio to record a new album, The Future of the Free World is Riding on This One, their long-awaited full-length debut which was released digitally on January 15, 2008. Tony Pascarella of AbsolutePunk.net has called it "an insanely poppy, catchy album" that "evokes the raw fiery passion of Cartel's The Ransom EP." [3] The band was also recently listed as one of the "Next Big Thing(s) of 2008" by the website's founder and CEO, Jason Tate.[4]

In early 2009, drummer Jon Jester joined notable DC pop rock group The Dance Party and is recording the band's debut record for HellYa! Records/Atlantic Records in Los Angeles, California.





Non-album tracks[edit]

  • "Family Reunion/Online Songs" (blink-182 cover) – released on A Tribute to Blink 182: Pacific Ridge Records Heroes of Pop Punk, Vol. 2 (2005)


  1. ^ MySpace.com - Driving East !New Album On iTunes! - Fairfax, Virginia - Power pop / Punk / Rock - www.myspace.com/drivingeast
  2. ^ Driving East - Driving East EP - Album Review - AbsolutePunk.net
  3. ^ Driving East - The Future of the Free World is Riding on This One - Album Review - AbsolutePunk.net
  4. ^ Jason Tate - AbsolutePunk.net

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