Danish band Deep Drive formed through a love for heavy music with the aim of merging an old school sound and modern production quality, which they describe as “organic, melodic and determined.”
The band began when vocalist/guitarist Joachim Rahbek Iversen met drummer Mikkel Holt Niklassen in their music class in Aarhus. They decided to jam, instantly felt musical chemistry and quickly formed the band after that. Around a year later, Joachim asked Jakob Jonathan Bjerg to join on bass after they’d played with him through a mutual friend.
And they’ve since honed a deliciously infectious hard rock sound that Joachim summarises as: “Deep Drive is the sound of rock from the old days, combined with the production from today. It’s real drums, real bass, real guitar, real vocals – no autotune, just well played and sung. It’s the sound of a band of skilled musicians that have played a lot together and love to do it.”
We spoke to the band, admittedly quite a long time ago, ahead of the release of their debut album Human. On the album, Joachim told us: “We are extremely excited to release our debut album Human. It has been a long time coming and we are proud of how it turned out. People should expect a record with great songs from start to finish.
“The album title is actually what the band used to be called before changing it to Deep Drive and we wanted to mark that by naming the album Human. The name Human is also what sparked the idea of the artwork on the album, so we feel it has gone full circle.”
The album begins in dark fashion with an eerie intro to opening track Homeless that continues as vocals creep in and the instrumentals intensify. That builds up to Black Hole, which opens up with a funky guitar riff that drops into stabbing guitars supporting engaging vocals. It feeds into a big singalong chorus “You have entered a black hole, It’ll strip everything from you, You have entered a black hole, Everything you thought you knew.” Second time around, laid-back guitars support heavy vocals before a big final blast of the chorus.
That’s followed by a chunky riff opening up Break Myself, then a cool lick supports huge vocals that develop into a powerful chorus. A funky little solo takes over and feeds into a second verse and chorus, which drop into a more laid-back section before building to a powerful conclusion.
The album also has mellower moments that contrast the intensity of these opening tracks. That includes second single Boy, which gradually builds up to an engaging chorus and drops into a delicious chunky riff.
But you can’t hold back the riff-heavy goodness for long with standout tracks including Solitude and the funky Finally You’re Home. And the album goes out on a high with the excellent Drowning, which was also their debut single. It opens up with piercing guitars supporting Joachim’s engaging vocals. The pace and the vocals drop alongside drawn-out guitars, before building up to a singalong chorus. A second chorus drops into a cool riff that continues under big screamed vocals, before flowing into a final chorus that closes the album out. Give it a listen here:
Deep Drive’s many musical influences include the likes of Audioslave, Soundgarden, Alter Bridge, Sevendust, and Tool. And Joachim adds: “Lots of things inspire me to write music. Feelings of frustration, empathy, agony, anger and grief. The fact that people do things I can’t explain is interesting for me to write about.
“I have always been a fan of film scores and therefore I tend to visualize the song both lyrically and instrumentally. I do have a tendency to favor the darker themes in music because I find them more interesting to write about because I find the contrast between how everything looks on social media and how things really are, quite fascinating.”
It’s been a little while since we featured any Danish bands, so we were keen to get the band’s thoughts on their local scene. Joachim told us: “We think that the Danish rock and metal scene is on the rise. We see more and more of these types of bands, but sadly they don’t get enough credit in mainstream media. There is lots of support for other types of bands, but being a rock band with heavy guitars in a country where you almost never hear distorted guitars on the radio, is hard. Luckily we couldn’t imagine a scenario where we didn’t make this kind of music.
“The Danish metal scene is way better for upcoming bands for what I can tell. It’s still underground, but the bands help each other so much more than in the rock scene. I don’t know why that is though.”
There’s plenty more to come from Deep Drive, who are already stuck into writing and recording their second album. As Joachim tells us: “Whether or not it will be ready for release in 2022 is too early to tell. Other than that we are currently trying to get some gigs in Denmark. Let us know if you guys have an opening for a gig in the UK. We have never played outside of Denmark, so that would be bucketlist material!”
And Joachim adds: “We want everyone to listen to our music and find out what it means to them. We don’t want to control how people interpret the songs because that’s part of the beauty of music to be free to make your own assumptions and interpretations of the lyrics and music.”