Night Drive‘s Brandon Duhon and Rodney Connell don’t hide their taste for dark music. Their 80s-flavored synth-pop is inherently dark and Depeche-Mode like, relying on a thick web of samples and sounds to create an atmosphere and energy that is simultaneously appropriate for an arena of several thousand people or a damp, smokey nightclub of a couple hundred. (It’s also worth noting they were the first group to bring smoke machines into Studio 1A.) Selling out shows across town for a while, Night Drive’s sound and essence offer an experience that literally no one else in Austin is delivering. Their latest single covers the National, plucking it from its minimalist comfort zone and injecting it with the buzzing life force that is uniquely Night Drive.
“Anyone’s Ghost” is available now via Night Drive’s Bandcamp.
-Taylor Wallace // Host, Thursdays 8p-11p & Saturdays 2p-6p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli