Q&A Scene: Drivetime Commute

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

We’ve just unleashed our new single Sharkitect. A tale of one’s grief gazing at a mother and baby’s relationship on a Melbourne train. Recorded at Legion Studios in Melbourne and mastered by legend Howie Weinburg in LA. We’re backing it up with a petite run of shows across Victoria both to those city slickers and country bumpkins.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

A disgruntled daytime Triple J listener once referred to our music as ‘porridge,’ passionately demanding to “never play this sh*t again”. This silly person was obviously using a porridge as a negative adjective, suggesting that our song was a sloppy mush. The problem is, we love porridge! Particularly the type of porridge causing people to message into radio stations to express their disgust. [pullquote]DriveTime Commute; porridge is our sound – with a hint of cinnamon and razor blades.[/pullquote]

Which song resonates most strongly and why?

Brand New is always up there, particularly “Okay I believe you, but my Tommy Gun don’t. ” Moving melodies, strong story-telling and touching content. It is one of those songs that you can sense is honest to the core. This absolutely gets the DriveTime Commute tick of approval.

Have you been touring much? Any on the road anecdotes?

Our trek to Adelaide in August for Down and Dirty 2015 was eventful. Our guitarist Basil, jumped off the kit and damaged his ankle big time. Bit of a shame it was half a song into the set; the way he was hopping on one leg you would have thought he was the human pogo stick. Friday night hospital visits are the best!

Where do you draw inspiration from?

They come from everywhere and nowhere. Most often the core content of our songs are spawned from spending hours locked in a room doodling until something happens (if at all). Pot luck or persistence?

What’s next for you?

Early next year we’ll be releasing our first ever brand spanking EP, a treasure chest of filth. To ram it home, we’ll be germinating our indecencies all across the east coast in a series of live shows within New South Wail’n and the cane toad capital.

What’s your scene?

DriveTime Commute’s scene is anything poorly lit, unclean and sweaty. A place any sane person would rather not be.

Mashing together a dirty attitude with badass experimental rhythms, DriveTime Commute’s fat sound sews together elements of Punk, Hardcore and Mathcore.

Comprised of a Scotsman, a dripping wet skinsman, two brothers and a young Australian countryman, DriveTime Commute is a dysfunctional marriage of varied influences and cultures.

More about Drivetime Commute here

In support of the launch of SHARKITECT, DriveTime Commute are being unleashed upon the ears of the innocent in Melbourne and across regional Victoria:


Music Man Megastore – Bendigo (11th Dec)

The Loft – Warrnambool (12th Dec w/Mammoth Mammoth)

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.