Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ : Songs About Cars, Space and The Ramones

Written by Brett Bickley

October 23, 2012

In 1991, in a more perfect world, the album Fly Me Courageous would have made Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ superstars. It didn’t happen.

It’s been 21 years since that album’s release and 26 years since the band’s debut;  the world is still not perfect and Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ still aren’t superstars. But the many years and lack of fame have never stopped bandleader Kevn Kinney and his fellow players from putting out great records and delivering kick-ass shows. 2012 will see them release of four EPs, and the latest installment, Songs About Cars, Space and The Ramones, shows that over a quarter century into their career, they don’t intend to stop following the same game plan.

In just six songs, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ deliver more balls-out, guitar-driven rock than most bands can on full-length albums. As the title suggests, these are songs about cars, space and The Ramones. Perfect. “Johnny Rides Shotgun” is not only an amazing homage to the boys from New York City that uses original Ramones lyrics, but it is also a great song similar in sound to the punk legends. “Hot Wheels” careens along like a great garage song from the early ‘80s, and “Moonshot” continues with double-guitar, barn-burning rhythm and drive. And on “Out Here In The Middle Of Nowhere” Kinney proves he is still one of the best lyricists writing today.

Songs About Cars, Space and the Ramones is out now on New! Records.