Cinematic garage rock band The Drives have released their new single, “Not That Bad” today. The track is the band’s first new music since the release of 2021’s This Might Take A While, and serves as the first single from their upcoming second EP. “Not That Bad” and the upcoming EP transparently delve into the world of mental health. As a means to tackling things head-on and avoiding complacency, the band offers a raw look into their inner workings as individuals, functioning within a collective unit. Listen to the new song now below.
On today’s release singer and guitarist Andrew Levin said, “This song is an attempt to capture the aftermath of a romantic relationship that ends before it really starts. It’s that point when you are just getting to know someone and then things slow down for whatever reason, so you can’t really be sad about anything, even though you clearly are. People end relationships for a million different reasons and sometimes it has nothing to do with their partner anyways.”
In the official video, created with director of photography Geffen Shichor, the band masters their own brand of aloof sincerity that is reminiscent of a video you’d see playing in a skate shop in the early aughts, while contrastingly surrounded by the warm hues of a 70s dream home. This visual perfectly differentiates the band’s grit with their emotional connectedness to the content they create.