Drive A has been getting attention from veteran musicians almost since the band began. The group’s genesis dates back to a chance meeting between vocalist/guitarist Bruno Mascolo and rhythm guitarist Jason Nott outside West Hollywood’s famed Troubadour nightclub in Spring 2007. Discovering they shared the same musical tastes, the two bonded, writing songs and developing the high-energy rock attack that’s somewhat reminiscent of the punk bands that dominated the L.A. music scene in the early ‘80s.

Or, as Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee said back in 2008; “These boys are serious! Everyone better watch out or start practicing more.”

Those words may turn out to be more prophetic than hyperbole. The first thing one notices about Drive A is how incredibly authentic the band comes across. It’s all there – energy, attitude and balls – as the band literally takes command of any room they play.

As mentioned, Drive A is touring with HIM. The next date for the tour is this Wednesday, April 7 in St. Louis at The Pageant, followed by a Friday gig in Chicago at House Of Blues and Saturday in Milwaukee at The Rave Eagles Club. The tour also plays a stretch in Canada before returning to the States for a run down the West Coast followed by a cross country trek ending in New York at the Fillmore May 7.

The band released its debut album – Loss Of Desire – in 2009. With track list including songs such as “Everyone’s Alone,” “Can’t Sleep It Off” and “Are You Blind” the band further cemented its rep as purveyors of disillusionment, frustration and anger. In short, classic punk themes.

“The songs on this album are about being frustrated with a lot of things,” Bruno said. “Most of the lyrics I write are personal, but I think anyone listening can relate to them in their own way. I leave it up to them to interpret what they are hearing.”

For more information on Drive A, click here for the band’s Web site, here for Facebook, here for their MySpace page, and here to follow the group on Twitter.