For the Rest of Our Lives
Driving Forward is an experienced, Chicago-based rock group recognized by it's unique textures that melt away into memorable moments of unmistakable energy. The musical vision of singer/guitarist Jesse Naul introduces a style that is velvety through the middle but coarse around the edges, leaving the listener engulfed in a soulful yet aggressive wall of sound. With drummer Greg Ulankiewicz's progressive stylings and passionate grooves, Driving Forward delivers a vibe that is simultaneously complex and completely accessible to audiences of all types. The group's latest effort, the 9-song CD 'For the Rest of Our Lives,' captures this vision in time. With this album, the songwriting duo unleashes an untapped creativity built upon a foundation of two previous recordings and three years of playing shows across the Chicago scene. The opening track, 'Third Degree,' hits hard with rhythmic aggression that gives way to a hypnotic breakdown, setting the tone for the next 40-plus minutes of musical entrapment. The title song follows up to display the new complexity and intense imagination that have become key ingredients of the band's evolving sound. Subsequent songs like the upbeat and angst-ridden 'Superficial,' the artistic and epic-like 'Four' and the raw but glorius 'Out of Hand,' help round out an experience that is equally moving as it is soothing. The group has clearly discovered a higher ground that sets the stage for a bold and exciting endeavor into sonic exploration. And as the name suggests, Driving Forward is determined to ride the dream that has brought them together.