X-Drive is one of the most exciting rock projects to emerge from Los Angeles in a long time that has come out of nowhere to sign a worldwide deal with Frontiers Records. The debut CD is called "Get Your Rock On," a stellar collection of 12 tracks (two bonus tracks in Japan release) that will have your heart reeling and your finger reaching for the replay button.
Unknown guitarist Jeremy Brunner is the founder of the project, and the Oregon transplant makes an impressive debut with an affinity for catchy riffs, insightful lyrics and huge choruses. He did not know a soul in California when he arrived but had a huge advantage in the form of a catalog of songs.
Some of the best in Los Angeles have joined in including bassist James LoMenzo from White Lion, singer Keith St. John from Montrose and to round out the project hard-hitting drummer Fred Fischer from Midline. Then legendary producer Andy Johns, the former Led Zeppelin engineer who finished the X-Drive tracks just before his tragic death in 2013.
"It was such a pleasure to contribute to Jeremy's effort! He has written and crafted an incredible homage to the style of the 80's rock, a style that I cut my teeth on back in the day," LoMenzo said. "His love for the era and style really comes through in a surprisingly satisfying way." X-Drive is off and running, and the results are spectacular. A quick listen to the first single "California" is all it takes to be convinced this project not only has an instant hit but could be one of the new faces of rock.
St. John is a natural-born front man with all the charisma in the world who is no stranger to the stage as he has fronted such illustrious bands as Quiet Riot, Sweet, Lynch Mob and Burning Rain. His bluesy vocals gave life to the songs featuring huge hooks and ultra-memorable choruses like "Love's A Bitch," "Lay Me Down," "Just Can't Stay" and the folksy ballad stand out track "Change of Heart."
"Writing with Brunner was an absolute pleasure," St. John said. "On the whole, the vehicle for his musical canvasses has been a breath of fresh air in directness and simplicity. I found myself patently inspired to fashion my parts for this collection of songs that was Jeremy's own refreshing take on the '80s." Meanwhile, Lomenzo, who has also played with such giants as John Fogerty, David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth and Black Label Society, has a worldwide reputation for excellence, and Fischer is not only a rock solid player but one of those drummers who is fun to watch and is at the top of the showman list.
"I love playing big, arena rock anthems, and this record is full of them," Fischer said. "I'm having a blast. I'm looking forward to what comes next."
And then there is Brunner, a songsmith/guitarist of the highest order with an ability to write catchy riffs and ripping solos.
"Get Your Rock On" was mixed by Wyn Davis (Black Sabbath, Dio, Whitesnake, Dokken), and it took more than a year in the studio to make things just the way Brunner wanted, as the guitarist is a bit of a mastermind perfectionist.
But wow was it worth it. The X-Drive debut positively rocks from beginning to end.
"A true artist is never satisfied, but there comes a time when you have to stop at one point and just call it done" Brunner said. "I'm just glad with the way the whole thing turned out, and am really looking forward to it's release so people can hear it."