AMHERST DRIVE – “Breakdown” / “Better Way” (2017 single)
What happens when an experimental avante-garde multi-instrumentalist goes punk? You get Amherst Drive. Derek Kortepeter is best known for his multi-genre solo music in which he plays all the instruments. Naturally with Amherst Drive, he also plays and sings everything himself.
Like all of Derek’s music, Amherst Drive is memorable but challenging. Punk rock? Sure, but “Breakdown”, the first track on his new single, has none of the traditional punk rock melody. Derek has taken his unusual stylings and amped them up. “Better Way” is a ballad, but not an easy pill to swallow. Neither of these songs are easy to digest. Derek may have simplified some things and punked them up, but he has still fucked things up just enough to keep them edgy. Unusual rhythms and melodies are mixed together in very un-punk-like fashion.
Good little debut punk single here from Amherst Drive. Hopefully Derek will assemble a band and give these tunes a stretch live and see where they can go.