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AMHERST DRIVE – ‘For Freedom and Democracy’ EP Review

AMHERST DRIVE – For Freedom and Democracy

Amherst DriveAmherst Drive, from Los Angeles have released their debut EP, For Freedom And Democracy.

Formed in Los Angeles in 2017, Amherst Drive is the brainchild of experimental multi-instrumentalist, Derek KORTEPETER.

The opening track, Rise!, begins with some spliced clips of speeches basically denouncing America before launching into a Black Flag style DIY heavy punk track. The fuzzed guitars continue on Mental Case where the overall sound is more garage-punk/Iggy & The Stooges. The song lays down a monster guitar solo to bring the track to a close.

The third of the four efforts on this EP is Disorder and the spoken word intro is utilized again before a shoegaze style guitar lick leads to an echo-infused lead vocal. The track maintains the guitar and vocal approach throughout providing a plaintive yet powerful interlude.

Closing with Run Away where a radio address to America in wartime is replaced with a pounding drum before developing into a raucous punk rocker. The vocals kick in about two-thirds of the way through in a Dinosaur Jr. like way.

The EP is an intriguing release with DIY, garage punk and heartfelt vocals throughout.

For Freedom and Democracy EP by Amherst Drive can be found here:





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