DRIVE “IDEFI – A Tribute to David Taylor & Rick Chavez” to be released on December 8

DRIVE “IDEFI – A Tribute to David Taylor & Rick Chavez” to be released on December 8 (the week of David Taylor’s Birthday) on 20th Century Music. CD includes 15 unreleased DRIVE songs, a 24-page photo booklet, Rick Chavez’s last interview before his passing. The first 100 physical CD’s ordered will include a limited-edition Rick Chavez guitar pic/plec.

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Drive was formed by Rick Chavez (guitar/vocals/songwriter) when he was barely out of high school.  Chavez led the band with his extraordinary guitar technique and amazing ability to tell stories with his songs. The twin axe attack was accompanied by guitarists Mercy Valdez and later Mike Conde, (when Valdez left the band for personal reasons.) Drive was fronted by the unique and remarkable vocal range of David Taylor and rounded out by the pounding fury of bassist Michael Anthony Guerrero and hyperactive drumming of Valentin San Miguel. Included on some of these never before released tracks are the talents of booming bass player Michael E. Ribeiro and the skilled drumming technique of Carlos Cervantes. They released two albums, Characters In Time (1988) and Diablero (1992).

On June 30, 2009 lead vocalist David Taylor passed away after a fatal car accident on a San Antonio Interstate. Upon hearing of Taylor’s passing, 20th Century Music label heads Kai Brockschmidt and Dave Tedder reached out to Chavez via Facebook to offer condolences and a virtual relationship began. Brockschmidt had first become a fan of the band when he grabbed a vinyl copy of Characters In Time in 1988. They asked Chavez if there were any unreleased songs, but devastated by the loss of his brother and singer, Chavez wasn’t ready to talk music.

Brockschmidt kept in touch with Chavez and as time went on he started to share the unreleased songs with him. Brockschmidt and his partner Dave Tedder were eager to start a conversation about releasing an album but Chavez, still mourning the loss of his bandmate wasn’t ready. A few years went by and Chavez woke up one morning and recalled a dream about Taylor he had the night before. He called bandmates Guerrero and San Miguel and told them it was time to release the songs as a tribute to the life and legacy of David Earl Taylor.

During the production of the IDEFI album, Rick Chavez unexpectedly passed-away from an internal bleed that was undetected until it was too late.  Joining his singer and friend on the other side, the album is now a tribute to them both.

IDEFI is 15 unreleased songs that include both Taylor and Chavez taking the lead on vocals. The band’s signature style is intact with a sound that brims with pride and an unrelenting fighting spirit.  Although these songs were recorded over 20 years ago, the thought-provoking lyrics still resonate today with a musical backdrop that roars with power and precision. Drive’s IDEFI offers a lethal dose of melodic power.

In the mid ’80s, the band moved to Los Angeles, which was quickly becoming the epicenter of the current rock scene. Winning a radio contest with their song “I Need The Nights,” Drive landed on KNAC radio’s Best Of The West compilation that was released on Rampage Records. Soon after that release, Rampage signed the band, and in July of 1988, released their debut, Characters In Time. The album received tremendous reviews from the industry’s top rock press, including the coveted 5 “K” rating from Kerrang! Magazine. Characters In Time was followed by their 1992 album, the sonically advanced Diablero on Zoo Records.

About RJ Frometa

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