The large cold and wet crowd that waited patiently outside the Vic Sunday night for the Chicago stop of the Dead Masquerade Tour got hot and sweaty really quick once they got inside.
Drive A - a Los Angeles-based punk/rock band with influences ranging from Anti-Flag to Rise Against to Green Day - opened the night with a lot of angst filled lyrics and power chords that reminded me of the classic skate punk music from the 80s. These guys know how to throw down a highly intense show and singer Bruno Mascolo loves to interact with the crowd throughout the set.
The quartet played some new tracks from their upcoming album The World in Shambles, set for release this spring. Their sound and writing has matured greatly since their first album, 2009's Loss of Desire. You can tell that two years on the road has helped them grow as musicians and really polish their sound. If you’re into punk music, you should really give these guys a listen and check out their energetic live show next time they come around.