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Rain City Drive Announces Massive Headline Fall Tour

Following releasing their vulnerable single, “Neverbloom,” Rain City Drive announced their extensive headline fall tour. And if that isn’t exciting enough, they are bringing out a dazzling group of support artists with them. You can catch Belmont, Until I Wake, Siamese, and Nightlife throughout September and October. The tour kicks off on September 26 at Atlanta’s Masquerade and concludes at Denver’s Marquis on October 29. On Instagram, Rain City Drive shared, “This [tour] is a huge step that we’ve been looking forward to for some time now. It would really mean the world to us to see all of you… Read more »


Rain City Drive Shares Vulnerable New Single, “Neverbloom”

Following the massive success of their April single, “Medicate Me,” featuring the talent of Dayseeker vocalist Rory Rodriguez, Rain City Drive has unveiled their vulnerable new track, “Neverbloom.” “I wrote ‘Neverbloom’ about my dad who passed when I was 24,” vocalist Matt McAndrew candidly shares in a press release. “I find myself thinking how I wish he could see the things I’ve accomplished and the man that I’ve become. It’s about learning to live with the reality that he only got to see the beginning of my journey, the seeds I planted, but won’t see my flowers bloom.” Read more:… Read more »


Rain City Drive Releases Collab With Dayseeker’s Rory Rodriguez

Ahead of their support run alongside Dayseeker, which kicks off today in Buffalo, NY, Rain City Drive has issued a collaborative single, “Medicate Me,” with vocalist Rory Rodriguez.  “‘Medicate Me’ is about chasing the high of a toxic relationship to escape boredom/complacency,” frontman Matt McAndrew shares of the new release. “Featuring Rory Rodriguez from Dayseeker, produced by Daniel Braunstein, mixed by Zakk Cervini, it was a blast to bring this song to life with such talented people.” Together, McAndrew and Rodriguez harmonize seamlessly, their vocals entangling through the vibrant instrumentation and culminating in a chorus that is both mesmerizing and… Read more »


Rain City Drive Reimagines Their Song “Frozen”

Rain City Drive has reimagined their latest single, “Frozen,” via Thriller Records. The alt-hardcore act originally released the single in September but has given it an almost holiday-edge decoration to it. The first version was featured on Apple Music’s Breaking Hard Rock playlist. Reworking songs isn’t new; however, the band incorporated post-hardcore sounds with poppy beats and melodies in “Frozen (Reimagined)” while sprinkling in some holiday belles, which helps in slowing down the quicker pacing of the original. With softer vocals as well, the song sounds like it could be in an alt-rock version of a Hallmark or Lifetime holiday… Read more »


Rain City Drive Offers Second Preview To Deluxe Self-Titled Album

Following the release of their re-imagined “Blood Runs Cold” earlier this year, post-hardcore group Rain City Drive (known formerly as SLAVES) has issued the second preview of their deluxe self-titled album in the form of “Cutting It Close (Reimagined).” The group’s deluxe album will arrive via Thriller Records on June 23. From rock anthem to slow-burn R&B, the reimagined version of “Cutting It Close” demonstrates Rain City Drive‘s ability to push boundaries and experiment with their sound. With a blend of electronic elements, rich harmonies, intricate instrumentation, and elements of R&B, the track creates an immersive sonic experience that captivates… Read more »


Rain City Drive Reimagine Fan-Favorite “Blood Runs Cold”

Post-hardcore unit Rain City Drive (known formerly as SLAVES) has launched a reimagined rendition of their fan-favorite single “Blood Runs Cold.” The fresh take on the track will be featured on the group’s forthcoming deluxe edition of their self-titled alum, which is set to arrive via Thriller Records on June 23. Of the deluxe album, fans can expect five reimagined tracks from the band’s discography, including “Cutting It Close,” “Waiting On You,” “Bury A Lie,” “Psycho,” and their popular single “Talk To A Friend,” which has amassed more than 23 million streams since it’s release in 2020. Read more: Heart… Read more »

Concert Reviews

Heavier Than the Rain: Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2022

photos & words by Austin Spruill As the blistering summer of 2022 winds down into the cooler weather of fall, musicians and fans alike are treated to a number of high-profile festivals raging across the country, from Welcome to Rockville and Inkcarceration to Rocklahoma and Louder Than Life. However, few were as highly anticipated as this year’s incarnation of Blue Ridge Rock Festival, taking place from September 8–11.  Hosted at the world-renowned Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA, hopes were high for the relatively young festival, as the successes and challenges of 2021 propelled the event further into the spotlight… Read more »

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