Originally from North Houston, TX- Driver Friendly met while still in high school and began writing and performing together soon after. After gaining momentum and a loyal fan base in the area, the band moved to Austin, TX to continue pursuing a career in music. They gained notoriety when Tom Hanks caught wind of their music video tribute to him and tweeted about his excitement about the video and the band to his followers!
And if that wasn’t enough, the band recently got signed to Hopeless Records!
Composed of lead vocalist Tyler Welsh, guitarist and vocalist Andy Lane, guitarist Nathan Parrish, bass guitarist Chris Walker, drummer Jeremi Mattern, trumpet player Juan Lopez & trombone player Andy Rector, Driver Friendly is ready to share their melodic, high energy songs with the world!
We watched and loved their music videos for “Ghosts” and “Messidona” (you can watch them below)! So we obviously felt the need to interview them!
Without further ado, read on to see what Jeremi had to say to the questions we asked him.
Tell us more about how you got yourselves signed to Hopeless Records?
We started talking to hopeless right about the time we started our summer tour this past June. We were all in the van and when we got a call from L.A., Hopeless made it very clear they wanted us to be a part of their family and it was an amazing feeling. Couple months later we signed the papers and here we are!
Previously, you had to work on producing your albums independently. Now with the backing of a record label, you can set more time and focus on other aspects of being in a band. Which aspects do you seek to improve as a band?
We just want to keep making our style of music and playing as many shows as possible. We’re always pushing ourselves to keep writing better and better songs, so we’ll definitely be focusing on that.
Someone said “There are two types of people in this world, those who love Driver F and those who have never heard of them”. For people who have never heard of the band, tell us more about the name “Driver Friendly” and why you do think new listeners would love the band?
The name comes from road signs located throughout Texas that say “Drive Friendly.” We were 16 and we thought it was a funny name, but its really not haha. And I think new listeners will love our band if they’re into catchy, high-energy rock n roll with honest lyrics. We try to be a little different than what’s out there, so if that’s your thing, you’ll love us! And we love you, so don’t leave us hanging!
If “Ghosts”" was a novel, what would the novel be about?
Four guys, from unique backgrounds that team up with special backpacks to exterminate supernatural phenomena in New York City. There are various adventures culminating with an epic battle against an oversized marshmallow man.
Heard you guys met in high school in a marching band? Any funny marching band moments?
Yep we were all in marching band together. One funny story is we had a marching show that involved a really complex “turn and run” maneuver. Well, our drummer Jeremi made the turn but didn’t quite make the run and totally face planted into the turf! But the best part was this was all caught on film so we watch it from time to time for a good laugh.
If you like what you heard, you can purchase the 2 song bundle “Ghosts” and “Messidona” on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/driverfriendlyghosts