Time Spent Driving Returns With A Brutally Honest Approach For ‘Estrangers’

Pioneers of the late 90s/early 2000s Emo scene, Time Spent Driving have released new LP, Estrangers. The album takes in “a varied journey through the dark corners of the human condition.”

Embracing a “brutally honest approach,” the band hopes that the new album will reach out to their fanbase and also 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.

Time Spent Driving’s music has been released and distributed on Sessions, Doghouse, Deep Elm, Rise, Cardigan, and Lorelei Records. They went on an untimely haitus 2003, briefly reconvening in 2005 to release a collection of 7 new songs plus bonus tracks. In 2012 they reformed and put out a new full-length album titled Passed and Presence in 2015. They’ve since signed with Negative Progression Records.