Artist of the day: Car Bomb Driver
After an extended hiatus due to the departure of bassist Todd Johnson, St. Petersburg punk veterans Car Bomb Driver are back on the scene. The group -- singer Dave Reeder, guitarists Joe Borelli and Shea Moxon, drummer Matt Grimshaw and new bassist Brian Granik -- has been together in one incarnation or another for some 15 years.
Their music is straightforward old-school punk, about the blahs of teenage suburban life. Their EP Official Bootleg even features a song called I Just Wanna Be a Ramone -- so of course they're regulars at Dunedin Brewery's annual Ramones tribute show. They even surfaced there last month. And their commitment to short but raucous punk has earned them slots opening for the Misfits, among others.
"It is all fast, raw, energetic, in your face, pure rebellion," a reviewer once wrote about Official Bootleg. He's not wrong.
But that Ramones tribute show was just a warmup for what Reeder calls "our big comeback," on Saturday at the Local 662 in St. Petersburg. Car Bomb Driver, the Spears and Dead Cat Lounge will perform starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5, and Car Bomb Driver CDs will be on sale for $5, too.