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Drivetrain Muscles Big November 23, 2018 Self Released Album Review By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist Boston Rock Radio


Muscles Big

November 23, 2018

Self Released

Album Review By Nina McCarthy, Sr. Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio




Hop in your convertible with the top down, put on those cool sunglasses, and crank the volume up to 10 as you go for a ride down the sunny coast with Drivetrain.


I heard that musicians know how to rock in Maine (perhaps because there is not much else to do), and these guys from Portland gave me some proof on their forthcoming debut album Muscles Big. There is definitely something in that Maine air that spawns talent. For those not too familiar with cars, the drivetrain is the group of components that deliver power to the driving wheels, a perfect name for these guys.


“Drivetrain is a full-throttle hard rock band with the swagger of early AC/DC and Guns n’ Roses and the modern bombast of Clutch delivered with a double shot of bottom-shelf bourbon and a healthy dose of ironic wit. These four Maine boys bring the hot n’ sweaty stomp of 70s- and 80s-style hard rock to the frosty tip of the northeast.”  That is the exact quote from their press kit, and I could not compete with that applicable description.


From the beginning guitar riffs of the title song, “Muscles Big” I knew this was going to be right up my alley. (Listen HERE) The vocals of Kevin Beling had the enjoyable gruffnes of George Thorogood with the band’s instrumentation reminding me of Guns n’ Roses. Muscles Big had catchy sing along choruses, especially in the song “Bottle Up,” which I found myself singing long after hearing the album. Old school rock n’ roll bands always have a song or two about drinking, showing just enough of Drivetrain’s bad boy side and southern rock influence.


These guys mentioned their “ironic wit” and that shows through in their historical songs “Last Caesar,” “The Tribe,” and the concluding track “Midnight Ride” urging kids to get off their Xbox, Nintendos, and phones to do things the old-fashioned way, like picking up a book. This song takes you on a humorous ride through history starting with Paul Revere, “that British pussy.” Pay close attention to the lyrics on this one because they had me chuckling.


Drivetrain is the perfect mix of hard rock, southern stoner rock, and metal, with badass lyrics, pulverizing riffs, and a “don’t mess with us attitude.” It was a welcome respite from the abundance of heavy metal I receive in my inbox daily.


Drivetrain is: lead vocalist and guitarist Kevin Beling, drummer Alex Fabish, guitarist Butch Fabish and bassist Ben Philbrick


The band is having an album release party at Empire in Portland, Maine on November 30, 2018. If you are in the area, please go and show your support! If not, I’d recommend getting their album when it is released on November 23rd and going for that drive down the coast with it cranking.





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