East Side Drive (Melted Records Archives)

by The Heartdrops

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"What an utterly fantastic record East Side Drive is." - WoNo Blog

"Musically, you need to be thinking of the Ramones, The Pagans, Weirdos, maybe even bits’n’pieces of The Saints and the Dictators. Great rock’n’roll songs played with buzzsaw guitars and vocals that’ll tear at your soul." - Fear And Loathing Zine

"Wow..Rum Bar Records continues to bring the rock !! I'm one of those who prefer the bar, club, smaller venue sound as opposed to stadiums and arenas. The Heartrdrops bring that smaller venue sound to life, and it's fantastic !! The Heartdrops release, East Side Drive is from 1999, but if they were playing somewhere in my locale tomorrow night...I'd be the first in line." - Skybar, WMFO Rising

"Try to keep up with Rum Bar Records releases….just try. This week they rolled out a few more albums. This one, East Side Drive by The Heartdrops from NYC and the album is from 1999 but Rum Bar are giving it another go. They sound like a great bar band and the album sounds like it was recorded in a bar too. There seems to be no filter from their guitar amp to your ear." - Boston Groupie News

Blast from the Past: East Side Drive - Oklahoma Lefty

The Heartdrops was a greaser rock / garage rock / pop punk band from NYC. During their all too short career the band released a handful of seven inch EPs and two full-length albums, both on Melted Records. East Side Drive, the band’s second and final record, showed a band that had come completely into itself. The Heartdrops’ debut album, This is The Heartdrops, was a very good record but East Side Drive was a great record.

Released in 1999, at the end of the decade/century/millennium East Side Drive harkens back to all of the great moments in rock ‘n’ roll history mixing elements of Elvis Presley, The Ramones, and The Devil Dogs (just to name a few). In fact, it is The Devil Dogs that The Heartdrops were most compared to at the time and while I think it is a very fair comparison, the singing on both of The Heartdrops records was far superior to that of The Devil Dogs.

Sadly I missed the one time that The Heartdrops played OKC (and it was at The Hole no less), but I’ve still got both of their CDs and highly recommend them, especially East Side Drive.

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released December 25, 2020

Luke Metz - Bass, Vocals
Chris Clay - Vocals, Guitar
Ben James - Drums, Percussion

Produced by "Mean" Dean Rispler
Engineered by Paul Johnson
Recorded and Mixed @ Compactor Studios, Flatbush NY
Mastered by Allan Douches @ West West Side Music

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