Driverlane - Digital Rainbow

2008-07-22 16:43
There are certainly more nuances to the taste that this band leaves on the tongue.

Driverlane are a Durban rock band with a wealth of hooks and in their arsenal to compel their listeners to stick around until the last notes of the album have stopped ringing around in their heads – and not many bands in the modern rock fold can claim as much.

Singer Mark Norrie’s emotive vocals fits the trippy, alternative rock sound like a comforting glove, melding the hard-edge of the Smashing Pumpkins with the more mellifluous benefits of a string section and synths on swooning tracks such as “Sirens”, “She Said” and the striking closer “Someday Tomorrow”.

The pace of the album tends to slow down to a crawl in the second half, subscribing to the age-old belief that an album needs to end on a soaring, contemplative note. But that’s not really Driverlane’s fault, who are probably just following some industry standard.

Digital Rainbow is an impressive debut from one of South Africa’s hardest working bands, and while it doesn’t try to re-invent the guitar solo, it’s a winning combination of solid songwriting and an infectious energy.

- Shaheema Barodien

Just what constitutes a ‘regular flavour’? Vanilla? Salt and vinegar? Or something a little more tastless and unappealing? Any way you look at it, Driverlane have sold themselves a little short on their catchy single “Regular Flavour”.

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