On their sophomore release, Reset & Rewind, Manic Drive's Shawn and Michael Cavallo display the caliber of musicianship only achieved by well-seasoned veterans. "Veterans" seems a lofty term to bestow upon a couple of guys in their early twenties except when you take into account that their musical (and recording) genesis came at the pre-tween ages of 8 and 9. The group actually recorded four, self-released albums before signing with Whiplash Records to release their critically-acclaimed 2005 debut, Reason for Motion, which yielded a string of chart-topping rock songs including top 5 and top 10 national radio hits, international music videos as well as songs featured on networks such as Spike TV.
On Reset & Rewind, Manic Drive is joined by some major talents including former dcTalk vocalist Kevin Max on Blue as well as rapper M.O.C. on Dancefloor. Seamlessly weaving elements of Funk, Pop, Classical, Hip Hop, Rock and R&B; Manic Drive returns with an album even more daring than their debut, which earned them the distinction of being named one of CCM Magazine's "Bands To Watch."
"When I heard that Kevin Max was interested in cutting vocals on Blue," says Michael, "my brother and I were floored. We grew up listening to his music and now he would be working with us in the studio. It was an incredible experience, watching him just nail it in the studio doing his signature vibrato singing style. It was embarrassing too because my brother and I just couldn't stop smiling."
The first single and music video from Reset & Rewind is Eleven Regrets, a song that Shawn says reflects a frustrating reality. "When you meet that special someone in your life, you would like to offer them everything," says Shawn. "Guys tend to try to show affection with a dozen roses. This is where the metaphor kicks in. This song explains the frustrations you go through when you have nothing else to give."
With song titles like NYC Gangsters, Addiction, and December Mourning, Reset & Rewind is intense, aggressive, innovative and challenging. Songwriter Shawn Cavallo shares his thoughts and his struggles with the obstacles of life. Addressing difficult issues with lyrical depth and poignancy, Manic Drive remains hopeful in their songs Blue and L.O.V.E. while confronting poser Christians who model their faith with the motivation of financial gain in their Nu-Metal track Obvious. Manic Drive gives listeners reasons to be bold and stand up for their faith in the explosive tracks Dancefloor and The End.
After devoting most of their childhood to making music, you might think Manic Drive would be feeling a bit weary of road life. But they have a driving force that keeps them going.
"I can understand how musicians can get bitter and frustrated," says Michael. "It's a hard life travelling, being away from home and family, making no money, sleeping in nasty motels or even a van, showing up at shows with six kids with their arms crossed waiting for you to impress them, but it is because we love to play, and ultimately, impact young people with our music that keeps us going. We love what we do. If we had an ounce of dread about it, I don't think we would continue music as a career. Even today when we have support from a record label, radio and TV success and national tours, it's still a very hard life and it takes a lot of mental and spiritual preparation to make it work. But it's our passion."