Driver was formed by Paul Barnes in 1997 along with drummer Tim Kelly, Bass player 'two bellies' Nige and Guitarist David Tutcher. Driver played many gigs in the East Yorkshire area and further a field including the Newcastle Green Festival and Night and Day in Manchester. They also appeared on Student Radio and Festival FM, their seven track mini album receiving warm reviews in particular the Hull Daily Mail who called it 'very special indeed.' Paul Barnes and David Tutcher moved to London in 2000 and carried on the Driver name around the acoustic music scene.' Paul Barnes and Tim Kelly have written and performed music since they were 14. Previous bands include Noddy Biro from 94-97 who were immensely popular in the area then Driver from 97-2000. Driver played many gigs out of the area including Newcastle Green Festival and Night and Day in Manchester. Tim Kelly also played in successful Bristol band Feverfew. Both returned to Hull in 2002 to set up the music label and using their experience to help promote local artists and music in the area. Stu is a regular on the acoustic night scene around Hull and can often be found at the Polar Bear or the Tap and Spile on their respective nights. Working with numerous local artists has made Stu a well known name on the local music scene. He recently finished his first 4 track solo album. Driver was first formed in Jan 1997 by Paul Barnes Vocals/guitar David Tutcher Guitar Tim Kelly Drums Originally Stu Holmes played bass but was later replaced by Nige "two bellies" Coyle. They recorded their first demo at wall to wall studios in Hull under the wing of sadly missed veteran producer Gary Burroughs. The catchy pop songs on the demo "Spiral" soon caught the attention of local press although the press had to do some work to find out who they where. "Who is this band? Don't ask me! The band are obviously as elusive as their namesake. The tape arrived a couple of months ago with no names, no address, no sleeve, no song titles and not even a label on the tape. If it sounds as though it could be you, let us know! It's a shame they're so shy, really, as the tape is very good. The band (possibly a quartet) sound quite young (possibly a student band?), but they seem to have mastered the art of putting a song together. All three songs are in the same vein (their only problem, really - they can do with Varying the beat a little), and can best be described as guitar based pop, perhaps With an early sixties feel. The first song sets the tone: an upbeat song with simple chords and simple lyrics, Although there's nothing wrong with that. The lyrics of the first few lines (in case you Recognize them) are: I opened my eyes/ the sun was shining bright/ heard a voice Calling me outside/ I couldn't see it was too bright The second song is the best of the bunch, with quite a catchy chorus, and the third is also Pretty strong. As I said, a little variety in future wouldn't go amiss, but the question remains: who are They?! Hull Daily Mail (1997) So why so cloak and dagger at the start? What would be the point of sending of a demo with no details? The reason was that drivers first gigs had not gone do to well and had left the band questioning it's future before it had even started. Paul Barnes believed so firmly in the songs being good, to send a demo to local press with no details, band name, or address would be the ultimate test. Driver passed this test and it gave them the boost needed to book more gigs and write more music. Driver then recorded several more tracks at the recording studio based at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside. "Otherside,down" was produced by Brian Rudd who also produced the House Martins first demos. The other songs on Driver's first album were finished at Angel Studio, Hull. "We finished the first album at about half five on a Sunday morning, we were all shattered. I remember walking back to my house the sun was just rising, I just wanted to listen to the album from start to finish then sleep for a week". Paul Barnes interviewed by Chris Bartlett for Humberside university newsletter 1997 TAKEN FROM FULL DRIVER BIOG Taken from driver-studios internet site.