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Basic info
Name Highland Drive
Formed On 1996
# of Members 4
Homepage http://www.highlanddrive.com
Contact/Booking info
Name Jack Portwood
Phone 5855763159
E-mail jaxn19@aol.com


Jack Portwood - Singer, bassist
Buddy Rodgers - guitar
Matt Faulisi - Singer, guitar
Emmet VanEtten - Drummer

Life in general. Who needs anything else really?....

Highland Drive, the name of a street in Corning, NY and also the name of one of Upstate New York’s most slammin’ original rock bands. Led by Jack Portwood’s vocal melodies, brutal screams, and pounding bass lines they push independent rock to new limits. To Portwood’s cries, Matt Faulisi and Buddy Rodgers bring the tone of gods with their heavy yet musical guitar riffs. Meanwhile the heavy handed Emmett Van Etten slams out the rhythm of Highland Drive’s latest tribute to the essence of rock. Unlike many bands today however, Portwood’s screams are not in vain. As lyrically intricate as musically powerful, Highland Drive explores life’s tragedies and joys through their lyrics and hopes to inspire listeners to do the same. Their first EP recorded by Alex Perialas and Jason Arnold at Pyramid Studios (Ithaca, NY) was released in August 2001 quickly sold 500 copies locally. Despite the large volume of local sales, demand for this album shows no sign of slowing. Highland Drive’s latest release, a split album with Northeastern Compasses recorded by Ben Ridley (Windfall Recording), sold 200+ copies locally in the first two months and its popularity is still growing. Highland Drive’s future recording plans include another 5 song EP of their latest material which they are already playing live. This album is intended for release by March 2004.

Currently Highland Drive plays as many shows as possible whether it’s a rock club in a city or the world famous Murphy’s Lanes in Bath, NY. Some notable venues they’ve played include The Haunt in Ithaca, NY and The Showplace Theater in Buffalo, NY, but to Highland Drive, every show is treated as the most important show they’ve ever had. This attitude gives the band a solidarity with its following that can only come from putting on an awesome show every show without question.

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