Terminal 5 isn’t the most glitzy place in the Big Apple, but The Driver Era actually brought all the glamor (and more) when the Girlfriend Tour released last week. The proof is in this review, but it can be experienced in the most indirect and sincere way within the to followg set of photos from another world taken by Grace Prachthauser.
We are honored that The Driver Era is a mainstay of Aquarius, so they need little introduction. Rocky and Ross Lynch are multitalented brothers whose only artistic fear is not to be 100% themselves in their work, so this literal “era” of their musical career is all about their creativity and experimentation. DIY.
This concept might seem like everywhere or it wouldn’t translate very well on stage, but when we say it couldn’t be further from the truth, we mean it. Rocky and Ross are masters of the stage from the minute they simply step backstage. Their music fills a room and puts everyone on their feet like nothing else. An energy beyond the palpable prevails from the moment they enter, not only because fans are thrilled to see the band behind some of their favorite songs, but because those favorite songs come to life in new ways.
With The Driver Era, there’s always something new to unlock, whether it’s a note change, changing the tempo of a song, or an update to the meaning behind a song. or two words. It’s planned with the brothers, so while the changes have little shock value, there’s still a real thrill that flashes through the crowd when this happens – and we have to give credit to Rydel Funk and Riker Lynch, older siblings. of the duo, who are masters at keeping the tone of the night leveled regardless of the spur of the moment – and are simply warm additions to the concert as a whole.
Together, the live band that makes up The Driver Era: On Tour sums up everything this band has worked on since day one: reality. The Lynch Brothers, and their siblings as a whole, can be notable figures in entertainment and may have millions of followers who care about what they do, but all are down to earth before, during and. after taking the stage on a sold-out show. Rocky and Ross are approachable, shining in front of an audience in a way that only true passion and adrenaline can boast. Going to one of their shows, like we did, is as humbling, community-based, and fun as going to see your best friend’s boyfriend band perform at a downtown bar. (Plus having to wait on a two-and-a-half block line to get in, of course.)
These two don’t feel too much like rockstars when they rock and swap instruments, nor like a band from Disney Channel. Their fans don’t look too much like rock ‘n roll groupies or even tiny boppers for that matter. The Driver Era mixes the best qualities of real live music (Photo from early 1990s style club shows) with intense postmodern production (Think: Prince Meets Fall Out Boy Meets The Weeknd) for an event as nostalgic as it is. ‘entirely at the time. Terminal 5 lit up with cell phones, not lighters, and fans of all ages bounced and danced instead of thinking about nudging. The Driver Era and their fans are family. They are a musical and entertaining family that bounces love, melodies, riffs and excitement on each other over and over again. It was even felt with the first acts, Moontower and The Wrecks, which were accepted into the lineup, crowd, and night out easily – as if each person was their biggest and most adoring fans… They probably left. Terminal 5 feeling like this, though. Throughout the show, the camaraderie was unbeatable and each song was a smash hit or an unstoppable fan favorite – or a cover that ended up being both.
Songs like “Heart of Mine” tore the emotional crowd apart while “cray z babe e” followed a sultry dance party. (The disco ball hanging from the warehouse-like ceiling of Terminal 5 came in handy during the last synth-based track, casting bursts of light in and around the room as if it was a much more tame version of the Studio 54.) “When You Need A Man” sounded like one jam session and one clip at a time, appearing as a momentum and a roar similar to the witty recorded version, which simmers with electronic prowess and endurance (Something the band and I saw happen early this fall during our last conversation before the tour started.)
Classics – if you can call them that only a few years later – like “Preacher Man” were exhilarating. Many fans in the audience haven’t experienced The Driver Era live like this before, so the band’s debut single was more than just a crowd pleaser, but a set number enlightening on what note. high their personalized musical sound started. A treat for The City That Never Sleeps was an intricate cover of Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire”, a TDE catalog staple that’s worth the frenzy it causes in the pit and on the balconies. .
Rocky tears up on his own, during these songs and also much of the night, but he plays Ross’s own instrumentation like it’s innate – which could give him sibling status. The harmonies are top notch, the melodies are found in even the craziest eccentricities and the abandonment of youth swirls in the air during a Driver Era performance. Even with perfection, there is improvisation, relativity, and hints of whimsy that come from a simple love of performance. They are not out of reach at all. This group, these brothers, are as real as it gets.
Ross Lynch is effortlessly charismatic. Rocky Lynch is delightfully composed. The Driver Era, especially when it shines brilliantly on stage, is a balance between the two: endearing and comfortable. Yet no one has more fun than the band on stage and no one will show it better than them – the creators of X and Friend, the voices behind dozens of genre-less songs and the inspirations to go out and have a hell of a time.