2011 marks the 15th birthday of the massively influential pop punk record label, Drive Thru Records. The label introduced us to countless pop punk bands, and actually got us hooked on the genre in the first place. Today we celebrate 15 great years with a retrospective on some of the best Drive Thru releases over the last 15 years.
Started in 1996 by brother and sister Richard and Stefanie Reines, the pair applied their passion for new music and even worked out of their own kitchen to bring us some of the scene’s most influential bands.
The label’s incredible roster has included the likes of New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional, Midtown, Something Corporate, Fenix TX, Home Grown, Allister, Senses Fail, The Starting Line and countless others.
The label has been on ‘indefinite hiatus’ since 2008, but is celebrating the 15th anniversary by making their entire catalogue, that’s 43 titles, available for download on iTunes.
As a reminder, here are just some of the stand-out Drive Thru releases of the past 15 years:
1. New Found Glory (self-titled)
NFG’s breakout self-titled album is still regarded by many to be their finest hour. The album put the Floridian pop punk band on the map with its collection of high-energy, sing-along classics. Check out the track ‘Sucker’ for a taster.
2. Say It Like You Mean It (The Starting Line)
While their follow-up material was a little hit or miss, The Starting Line’s full-length debut was phenomenal. Say It Like You Mean it took the high energy style that NFG had pioneered and added a heartfelt and melancholy take on growing up and relationships. Check out Leaving for a great example of this.
3. Leaving Through The Window (Something Corporate)
Providing their own spin on the pop punk formula, Something Corporate made a name for themselves with the piano-driven power-pop punk release. It doesn’t come much better than the stomping Hurricane, check it out.
4. From the Depths of Dreams (Senses Fail)
Showing that there was more to the label than straight pop punk, and that the label could adapt with the scene, Senses Fail arrived with From The Depths of Dreams. The release was an edgier sound than we were accustomed to from the label, with its screamo/emo style tinged with dark humour.
5. Living Well is the Best Revenge (Midtown)
Long before the days of Cobra Starship, Gabe Saporta was putting out massive power-pop punk tracks with Midtown. The band had the pop formula down to a tee, and added great guitar riffs and solos to make this an unmissable album.