There are few things more classic than pure pop punk and it’s always exhilarating to see new talent emerge in this genre and completely embrace it’s spirit and freedom. Local Monmouth County based pop punk band Drive, Kid have given us their take on the genre with their latest LP Enjoy Being which over it’s 11 tracks celebrates their early 2000’s punk and alternative influences with catchy hooks and guitar parts, biting yet vulnerable lyrics and lots of energy and momentum as well. Much of the LP represents the band’s vibrant and personal sound as evidenced by stand-outs such as “December 11th” which has a grand and soaring sound and lyrics that are powerfully performed and relatable. In terms of production and unity, the band display strong chemistry and display a diversity of sound throughout, the LP contains elements of ambient, hip-hop and folk at various points and there’s an even ratio of heavier and slower selections sequenced seamlessly together. What allows Enjoy Being to remain a compelling listen is the sheer enthusiasm in the performances, when the band performs a number called “Shitkicker” it’s just as visceral and hard-hitting as you’d expect and track “Burn Book” demonstrates their tightness as a unit while still delivering catchy hooks and establishing their own style.
Much of Enjoy Being is a cohesive listen with each track building off the other and containing an almost cinematic quality at times. On track “Hey October” the band experiment with grander more epic style arrangements and displaying a conceptual ambition in the process. This sense of go for broke and pure vitality is what makes Enjoy Being an exciting listen and Drive, Kid a promising band. Overall Enjoy Being emerges as a polished, briskly paced and hugely enjoyable listen with strong songwriting and solid performances. Most importantly it’s fast, loud and heartfelt as my punk pop. Should be, a drive well worth taking indeed.
Songs to Spin: “Hey October”, “December 11th”, “Burn Book”, “Shitkicker”, “As Life is to Nature”