Pioneers of the late 90s/early 2000s legendary emo scene, Time Spent Driving’s upcoming LP, “Estrangers” (out November 3rd on Negative Progression Records) is a varied journey through the dark corners of the human condition. Expansive, moody, and dynamic, the Santa Cruz, CA band never loses sight of its trademark sound, but it’s one that’s evolved over the years and is always taking on new challenges. The band has always been known for its lyrical prowess, but the latest material reaches new heights when it comes to painting a picture in the mind of the listener. With a brutally honest approach, “Estrangers” manages to deliver some of the best hallmarks of the genre to both satiate the act's loyal fanbase and engage new listeners.
Frontman Jon Cattivera says, "On our last album, we had a lot of catching up to do, so we intentionally let things breathe and build, resulting in some often long-winded songs where it made sense. To counter that, I went into the follow-up with a loose goal to write with a more stripped-down and raw approach that might yield something on the shorter and sweeter side. We definitely still integrate our atmospheric tendencies on certain tracks but kept production a little simpler in many cases, perhaps as a nod to some of our earliest work. I just didn’t want to overthink it, and as a result, we went as far as abandoning any bridges on several tracks where it really wasn’t necessary. “Not Just Ink” doesn’t even have a chorus. All of this being said, the ironic part is that it took far too long to write and record. Turns out multiple band members having babies, demanding work schedules, and this little thing called Covid will throw you off a bit."