A late Saturday in October seems like the best time of year for some super cool rock ‘n’ roll from The Gleasons Drift. This is the kind of music I grew up on and it will forever be played by me , it’s like if The Stones hooked up with Mellencamp , clean dirty rock ‘n’ roll with blistering riffs a la Chuck Berry. Music is a listening experience and I encourage you to give a serious listen to a very talented band that is far worthy of your time. Play this loud driving around looking at the leaves change colors and get back in touch with the some root based rock ‘n’ roll. Great stuff….
from their bio
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.
Meet- Gleasons Drift
for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
Gleasons Drift has been around for quite some time, about 15 years. It has had several incarnations over the years with the only constant being myself. The initial group grew as a side project for a couiple guys who were playing in full-time acts. When my full-time act faded, Gleasons Drift became my full time band and has been for 15 years.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
Musical influence? Man my earliest memories of music, having a big sister considerably older than me, would be Black Sabbath, John Denver and the Beatles. As with most artists it has got to be everything that has come through my ears for my entire life. Stylistically the music i write has its deepest roots in 50’s Doo Wop, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Meat Puppets and the Rolling Stones.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
There have been lots of cool things, but the coolest is always hearing and meeting great bands and great folks on the road. Lots of great friendships.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
Ha! Hopes and dreams? I would say staying together, moving forward and continuing to make art that we are proud of while still having fun doing it.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Many of my favorite albums in recent memory are from bands on our own little label Blind Pigeon Records. Thick Brown Fur’s “Flakes”. The Backroad Burners self titled debut, the Setbacks “Aluminum Bruce”. Outside of our own scene I really loved Ex Hex “Rips”, as well as Low Cut Connie’s “Hi Honey”.
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Pain in the ass, but a necessary one. It’s great for getting the word out and staying on top of the “scene” , whatever that means. It is a Love/Hate sort of thing.
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
I listen to everything everyone has to say. Why Not? I don’t get caught up in anything, I do this for me/us. That is how it always has been.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
Well that is an interesting question. Hell i’d like to go everywhere! Touring, for us, is as much about the travel, seeing new places and meeting new folks, as it is about the music. So I have never been to Australia or New Zealand…so that would be cool.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
EASY! BOTH! As we all know it can move us in pretty powerful ways. It has certainly gotten me through some rough patches and it has always been something profound in my life. It has the power!!
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Thanks and thanks again. We have been very fortunate to be able to play rock and roll music to folks who appreciate what we do. Keep listeing, keep coming to gigs and keep up the support of local art and music in your own local scene.