Drive Until He Sleeps - Untitled

5 songs
48:00 minutes
***** ***

Drive Until He Sleeps would probably have been not much more than a fast lived sidenote on local music culture, had it not been for their two guitarists who later on found fame with their succeeding bands. While Eva is fronting nowadays the successful lo-fi folk band 6Volt9, Richard just started his new promising band Stories To Tell, that also delves into a more acoustic side of rock music.

In this perspective, it is weird that Drive Until He Sleeps started when post rock was really big in Luxembourg, and next to bands like Actarus, Balboa and tVESLA, they tried to find a niche of their own. In fact they never really fit the mould of post rock, but people just tend to put someone as fast as possible into a certain genre, especially when it comes to instrumental music.

In retrospect, it is very good of Drive Until He Sleeps to have released this album. Taken out of its time, you have more objectivity and a clearer head to judge. Yes, the album starts with their classic An Everlasting Intro, probably the longest intro (11 minutes) ever to be recorded, even though I consider it rather a regular song. Already on this first piece, recorded on decent equipment, shows that DUHS lived off mostly the two different guitar styles. While Eva had a very introspective, quiet style, Richard did more of the melodic leads. This abundance of guitar sounds drew some parallels to certain Seventies rock bands, a little bit like vocal-less Television. The three songs in the middle are the heartpiece of the album, even though they only take one third of the playing time. Dead Pop Club showed DUHS from their best side, a very lyrical piece with an unforgettable melody. The CD ends with an 22 minute long Outro, this time neither a regular piece nor a pseudo track with lots of blanks, but a patchwork of ideas, sometimes amusing, but eventually failing.

In the end, you remain with nearly half an hour of musical history that's sold for the fair price of 3 or 4 Euros. DUHS may never have achieved that much in their short lifespan, but this legacy of an album shows that there were more than just a couple of cool ideas. The band's modesty is emphasised by the fact that this DIY album comes in a very limited edition of only 50 copies, and I heard that they are but sold out, so if you want one (and I suggest you do), then you better email as fast as possible Red Beard Records, a new label created by the Eyston guitarist to publish side-projects and demo CDs.

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