By Waleed Rashidi
Rudy Ramirez (bass, vocals); Rudy Manrique (lead singer, guitar); Robert Vargas (guitar); Troy Owen (drums).
CITIES OF ORIGIN:
Starting All Over (2012).
Angels and Airwaves, Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, Switchfoot, Simple Plan and “Life and the lessons we all learn in it,” says Ramirez.
One of the best traits for a band to have is confidence—straight up. Yes musical talent is just as important but that can be often trained and learned (excluding all child-YouTube prodigies). Without it a band will quickly give up and hey, that’s not what music is about! Morning Drive is one of those bands that may have encountered challenges along the way but remains steadfast and confident nonetheless.
“Back in high school the big scene was hardcore and the only venue to play was The Showcase in Corona,” says Rudy Ramirez, one of the band vets. “It was hard at times to get people to listen to your music because if it wasn’t someone screaming at the top of their lungs, no one cared. I remember when we would play shows at The Showcase it would usually involve two or three hardcore bands so when it was our turn to play and the crowd heard our music they would leave. It was a terrible feeling but we continued to play our music and didn’t let it stop us.” Right on, for perseverance! It takes some guts for a rock band to confidently follow bands of a completely different genre, especially hardcore.
“We love to feed off of the energy that the crowd brings to our shows,” says Ramirez. “We play loud and have received many compliments from both younger and older crowds about the style and sound of our music.” Although it took the band a while to find the right niche in the music industry (and the right venues for that matter), Morning Drive has found it.
Rudy Manrique, the band’s singer and long time friend of Ramirez since kindergarten (some friendships just go way back) see gigs as a blessing: “I love playing live. It’s amazing when you see the audience singing along to something that you’re so passionate about.” With the completion of a new website and a few new tunes to share, Morning Drive is gaining momentum for its new album. “We are doing what we do best. There is still a lot of time left in the year so who knows what awesome things will come our way.”
Morning Drive at New Seasons Church, 84155 Corregidor Ave., Indio, (760) 775-2282; Fri, Oct.21. 7PM.