ACL 2015 Must-See Band: Night Drive

Night Drive is Brandon Duhon, Rodney Connell and Gibran Nassif (not pictured).

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For two consecutive three-day weekends in October, Austin rolls out the green carpet of Zilker’s Great Lawn to welcome the over 100 bands and artists who play the Austin City Limits Music Festival, or, as it’s more commonly known, ACL. To help you get ready, we will be sharing what we’ve learned covering the festival for the past five years. We’ll also help you decide what bands to add to your 2015 ACL schedule. For even more on this year’s festival, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and be sure to take a look at our 2015 ACL board on Pinterest.

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One of the bands on our must-see list for the 2015 ACL Music Festival is Night Drive, which was co-founded by Austinite Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon from Houston and which recently added a drummer to the mix, Gibran Nassif. Inspired by sci-fi cinematic landscapes, Night Drive creates modern synth-pop that explores the darker currents of abstract emotion. The band’s three-sentence bio might say it all: “Night Drive is not a band. It’s a mission. 2 secret agent sent out to recalibrate the future of elecro pop.” Infectious melodies wrapped in thoughtful lyrics with pulsing dance beats unveil a stylish, energetic sound that has been featured in film, TV and radio around the world. Night Drive has quickly garnered a reputation as a captivating, must see live show.

I’ve been listening to the band for a while. Here’s one of my favorite songs of theirs, “Night Rivals”:

Catch Night Drive on the Austin Ventures stage on Sunday, October 4 from 11:45am-12:15pm.

Night Drive is Brandon Duhon, Rodney Connell and Gibran Nassif (not pictured).

We had the chance to ask the band about their musical influences, what bands they are most looking forward to seeing perform at ACL and what’s up next for the band.

LiveMom: How would you describe your sound? Who are your musical influences?Advertisement
Night Drive: Modern synth-pop that explores the darker currents of abstract emotion. We have a ton of influences but here’s a few: Brian Eno, LCD Soundsystem, New Order, Radiohead, David Bowie, The Knife.

LiveMom: What do you see as the pluses (and minuses) of being a band at least half based in the “Live Music Capital of the World”?

Night Drive: Pluses – You get to live in Austin, there’s a ton of talented artists to collaborate with and inspire you and you can play out a lot and really hone your craft. Minus – There’s a zillion bands, you can easily get caught up in the local scene and go nowhere and “the industry” is on the coasts. They come to Austin a couple of times a year to party.

LiveMom: What bands are you most looking forward to seeing perform at the Festival?

Night Drive: The Strokes, Classixx, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

LiveMom: What’s next for the band after ACL?

Night Drive: We’re playing CMJ Festival in NYC, mixing and mastering a few tacks then doing a couple of shows in LA and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

For more on the band, check out Night Drive’s website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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