Somewhere within the comforting confines of two guitars, bass and drums lies a never-ending vein of inspiration. For Gleasons Drift, its wide and vast—spanning country ballads, straight-ahead rockers and riff-driven refrains over the course of 4 releases in the last 12 years. On their latest, they’ve mined a new cut—finding kinship and reliability in early Garage Rock. From the opener, with its BTO riffs and Big Star-ish harmonies, on through the swagger of every Keith Richards-for-hire solo, the band wears the abridged history of Rock N’ Roll proudly on their sleeve. Boring, it’s not. It’s alive, and fresh, and teeming with as much girl group tenderness as blistering guitar breakup. Spanning 12 songs in an economical 38 minutes, Gleasons Drift ebbs and flows across sixty years of influence, encapsulating sound and vision, and relentlessly keeping it real.
Just as The Replacements will be forever linked to Minneapolis or The Meat Puppets to the Southwest Desert, Gleasons Drift is intrinsically defined by a small-town, rough-hewn esthetic filtered through a transistor radio channeling 1970s rock from an all-night far-off Philadelphia radio station. Their love of unblemished bar-band optimism smashed headlong into twelve-bar blues and country feels right at home next to coal region Pennsylvania’s best-known exports – beer, pierogies, polkas and boilo.
Formed in 2002, in the Appalachian Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Gleasons Drift spent their first 3 years playing blockshoots, bars and hoseys while writing the songs which would eventually become 2005’s “Beaver”, a rough and tumble collection of ten tunes steeped in barroom swagger. “Beaver” defined Gleasons Drift live sound; loose, lean, spontaneous and genuine. This LIVE sound was captured in the 2006 LIVE DVD, “Gleasons Drift and Friends”, a collection of songs recorded at several stops on the 2005 tour. 2007 saw the release of the band’s second full-length “Nickel Rocket”. Nickel Rocket captures the sound that the band has honed live on the road; tight changes, smart melodies, and lyrics that tell the story of the human condition, all the while extending the tradition of American Rock and Roll. In 2010, the band released “Blythe Township Mellencamp”, which triumphed in blending genres, styles and traditions, creating something familiar, yet still managing to surprise. Catch Gleasons Drift at a watering hole near you.
– Pittsburgh City Paper
– M Magazine, Music and Musicians
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