This past Thursday, El Paso, TX based band, late night drive home, gave our team the opportunity to come check them out at the El Cid in Los Angeles. Opening for the band was SoCal alt-rock band, Benches. I’ve been following the band for a long time, but had never gotten the chance to come out to a show, so when I found out that they were opening, I was excited to see a band whose songs have made their way into so many of my personal playlists. The minute the band came on stage, fans were screaming and ready to rock, and that energy carried on consistently through the remainder of the set and the show as a whole. The band was extremely grateful to their fans and all the support they were given and put on such an amazing show to give their thanks. A good majority of the crowd knew all the words to their songs, and even those who didn’t had an equally entertaining experience as their music is so easily digestible, truly a sound that everyone could love.
The band is so uniquely themselves, while also seeming to be inspired by artists like The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys with their insane guitar riffs and Julian Casablancas-like vocals. The band recently released their newest single, “LA Friends” so make sure to give it a listen here and let us know what you think! If you want to catch the band’s next show, they’ll be playing at The Wiltern in November with The Red Pears, go get tickets now!
After a little break at the photobooth, we came back to be swept away by indie rock band late night drive home. The band consists of lead singer Andre Portillo, guitarist Juan Ockz, bassist Freddy Baca, and drummer Brian Dolan. The band’s huge California fan base was ready to see their favorite songs performed for them, and they surely did not disappoint.
This was their 4th show out here, their last California show being at Minor League Music Festival back in May, and they were super ecstatic to be back. I had just discovered the band a couple months ago, but many people in the crowd had been there since their very first show which was really cool to see, and the whole crowd was singing the songs back to the band, which is always a special moment between artist and fan. Late night drive home is definitely the type of band that sounds amazing through your headphones, but even better live because of their unique sound and visible passion for music and performing. The band performed all of their fan favorites, like “Stress Relief” and “Star Love” to name a few, and even did a cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So”. It’s clear that they are trying to pave their own path within the indie rock genre, and from the looks of it, they’re killing it. If you missed the show this time around, or you’re waiting for their next California show, they’re going on tour with Mustard Service starting in October. Definitely try to go snag a ticket, you don’t want to miss it!
Listen to late night drive home’s latest album here: