"The idea is to be timeless…not precious." That's the word according to the group. The crunch of metal guitar for the sake of sounding contemporary is, if anything, an afterthought; at times existing almost to spite the current trend rather than kowtowing to it. Instead, blindDRIVE is a channeling of songs that were desperate to come out, almost as if they had waited for just the right time to be heard. Twelve tunes unconcerned with the package in which they are delivered, equally at home in the deafening volume of any rock bar or in the privacy of your own headphones. Scratch the surface and suddenly Livintrust defies categorization.
In true rock band fashion, they conceived and wrote the songs that would become blindDRIVE clustered around haphazardly assembled gear and a 4-track recorder; first in the sweltering New Haven attic rehearsal space of singer Art Loomer, then in a maze of band rooms and makeshift studios housed in derelict factory buildings near Hartford. These enclosing spaces would force inner concentration and attention to detail, everybody invading the personal territory of the others, and leave the band no choice but to learn to fly in formation. And every rock band does it; a near endless procession of musicians and singers, coming and going until that perfect chemistry is discovered, a perfect balance acheived. Now Keith Caro and Holden Truelove could bring with them guitars to pick and choose from an endless bag of riffs and an infinite number of ideas; Justin Wade sending the notes from a bass over to drummer Matthew Christopher where they were pounded into songs. Finally, Art Loomer snarled a lyrical invitation to the curious to come take a look inside.
"It's just a fun ride," as one band member put it, though they take it as seriously as could be expected. Livintrust is at once a band cohesive and collected, yet teetering on the verge of implosion. Their sleight of hand is the depth of the content lurking almost out of earshot, each word beckoning the listener to catch up or be left behind. The common goal now is to stay balanced. And as long as it matters to someone, what could be more fun than that?
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