Remo Drive

Collective Concerts Presents

Remo Drive

Slow Pulp, Slow Bullet

Tue, June 4, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm

Velvet Underground

Toronto, ON

$19.00

This event is all ages

Advance tickets also available at Rotate This & Soundscapes 

Remo Drive
Remo Drive
Dubbing your debut full-length Greatest Hitsmight be a bit of a misnomer—or, at worst, signs of a serious superiority complex—but there’s no bravado when it comes to REMO DRIVE. Instead, the Minnesota-based duo’s first album for Epitaph Records serves asthe pinnacle of their four-plus years as a band up until now.Brothers Erik and Stephen Paulson formed Remo Drive in high school in 2013, inspired by “older kids who smoked weed and listened to Title Fight.” The pair of wide-eye musicians would find their legs in the emo world, but the songs on Greatest Hits—enveloped in themes of suburban malaise and self-reflection—shape-shift throughout all aspects of alternative rock, paying tribute not only to Midwestern emo heavyweights like American Football and The Promise Ring, but also to ’90s grunge and classic rock, among others.“It’s always going to be about loud guitars and big drums,” Erik Paulson saysof Remo Drive’s sound. “The best thing for us to do is not worry so much about aesthetic and focus on whatever feels natural with the overarching idea of being a rock ’n’ roll band.”That innate honestypermeates every area of the band’s frenetic, spazzy music, from Erik’s lyrics (“I just want to be as honest and straight to the point as possible rather than trying to appear smarter than I actually am”) to the charming DIY video for “Yer Killing Me” that features the band sprinting down the streets of their hometown, instruments and all.It’s like Remo Drive—unlike many bands under their same genre umbrella—haven’t forgotten that writing and playing music is supposedto be fun. “We tryto do things with a lot of energy and gusto,” Paulson says.“I think people can tell that we care a lot. I think our best quality is that we care.”But at the same time, the Paulson brothers share a deep passion and desire for improvement. Erik is 20, Stephen 22; they’ve got their entire musical lives ahead of them. So while the exuberance and irreverence stands as a hallmark of the music they make now, deep down they’re driven to continue progressing as musicians and songwriters. “Intentionally notwanting to do better is dumb,” Erik says.“There was a thing for a while where emo bands didn’t try that hard. We’re trying to bring backsome of the technique with it.If someone’s doing your taxes, you’d hope they know what they’re doing. If I’m making music, I think people listening want me to know what I’m doing.”So while Greatest Hitsserves as the perfect entryway to Remo Drive’s particular brand of rock, it’s ultimately a stepping stone to the Paulsons’ next evolution. But no matter how much things change, the non-negotiable aspects of Remo Drive that have turned heads until now are definitely notgoing to change.“I feel like we don’t really have a voice,” Erik says. “We’re always going to end up being different every single album. Our tastes change so much. We’re not too concerned about pleasing any one group of people. The things that will be consistent are the energy andthe passion. As long as it sounds awesome to us and the songs are good enough, it’ll be Remo Drive.” XXExpect new music from Remo Drive soon.
Slow Pulp
Slow Bullet
Venue Information:
Velvet Underground
510 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2B7
http://thevelvet.ca/