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Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Genres Pop punk
Alternative rock
Instruments Guitars, vocals, drums, bass, violin
Years active 2002—present
Labels Red Ink/Epic (2004-2007)
The Militia Group (2008-)
Kevin Truckenmiller
Brandon Lanier
Matt Kirby
Justin Bonhiver
Droo Hastings

Quietdrive is a pop punk band based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota that formed in 2002. Quietdrive released their debut album When All That's Left Is You on May 30, 2006 on Epic Records. As of April 2008, Quietdrive has parted with Epic Records and released their newest album, titled Deliverance, on October 14, 2008 with the Militia Group.



In ninth grade, Brandon Lanier started telling Droo Hastings that he was a great drummer, and that they should start a band with him and his friend Justin Bonhiver. Initially the band was a trio with Hastings as lead singer and bass guitar, Lanier playing drums, and Bonhiver on guitar.[1] The band posted an audition for a lead singer on Kevin Truckenmiller entered the band after submitting his solo work, including an early incarnation of the song Both Ways. Matt Kirby began attending Saint John's University with Truckenmiller.[2] The group eventually joined together and formed in 2002 under the name "Sneaker 2 Bombs," a hard rock band which reflected the evolving Minneapolis local music scene.[2]

Quietdrive initially built a following at THE GARAGE youth center in Burnsville, Minnesota.[3] The band pursued music venues in Minneapolis but found better connection with younger crowds and stayed between suburban and city clubs. The local scene following eventually led to the Twin Cities performance of Van’s Warped Tour in 2004. Afterward, an A&R scout for Epic Records (a label under Sony BMG) began contacting the band in June 2004.[2] Though the band had been pulling in two different directions, the members came into agreement with the record company and signed to the Epic label later in December. This year (2008) they performed at the Schwans USA CUP in Blaine MN.

When All That's Left Is You is Quietdrive's first LP, produced, engineered and mixed by Matt Kirkwold and James Harley of World Record Productions with additional mixing by Chris Lord-Alge and Mark Endert, was released in May of 2006. Its first single was "Rise from the Ashes" and was featured on Electronic Arts' NHL 07 soundtrack. In 2006 the band released their cover of the Cyndi Lauper song "Time After Time" to nationwide radio play. The song is also used for the WNBA "Have You Seen Her?" advertising campaign. The song became a minor hit on pop radio, hitting #23 on the syndicated American Top 40 countdown show. It was also featured on the soundtrack of the 2006 feature film, John Tucker Must Die. The song was also featured in the trailer to the 2008 remake of the film Prom Night.

After the CD release into 2007, the band had a lengthy US tour and was featured in January 2007 as the "Artist of the Month" on Xbox Live. Quietdrive with producers Kirkwold and Harley released a new single entitled "Pretend" on their page in early 2007 for fans. Though the band garnered success with Epic, in April 2008 they cancelled their contract with Epic Records partly citing the restricting management of the major music industry.[1]

Quietdrive released their second full-length album Deliverance on October 14, 2008, and supported this album with an extensive tour with announced dates in the US, UK, and Japan.[4]

Quietdrive released their third full-length album "Close Your Eyes" independently on October, 13, 2009. Their first single is "Jessica". Robby Starbuck produced the music video, which premiered on on December 15, 2009. [5]

Current members




Date of Release Title Label US Billboard Peak
2002 [6] Demo Self Released
November 30, 2003 Leaving Dramatics EP
August 4, 2004 Quietdrive EP Epic Records
September 27, 2005 Fall from the Ceiling EP Epic Records
March 27, 2006 Griffin Belzer EP
May 30, 2006 When All That's Left Is You 29 Heatseekers
October 14, 2008 Deliverance The Militia Group 1 Alternative New Artist and #6 Heatseakers
October 13, 2009 Close Your Eyes EP Independent


Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Hot 100 US Pop 100 US Digital Songs American Top 40 New Zealand RIANZ Singles
2006 "Rise from the Ashes" When All That's Left Is You
2007 "Time After Time" 102 57 73 25 35
2008 "Deliverance" Deliverance
2009 "Jessica" Close Your Eyes EP

Music videos


  • Quietdrive's song "Rise From The Ashes" appeared on the EA Sports NHL 07 Soundtrack.
  • Quietdrive's song Time After Tme appeared in John Tucker Must Die (2006), Prom Night (2008)
  • Quietdrive's songs "Kissing your Lips", "Deliverance", and "Hollywood" appeared on the XBOX360 snowboarding game soundtrack, STOKED(2009)


  1. ^ a b Hammer, Adam (2008-04-24). "23rd Annual Mississippi Music Fest". St. Cloud Times. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Liz (2006-05-30). "In person Interview". Emotional Punk. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  3. ^ Hoffman, Kevin (ed.) (2006-04-25). "Best of the City Pages 2006". City Pages. Retrieved 2008-05-27.  
  4. ^ "Quietdrive Deliverance Tour". Retrieved 2008-10-14.  
  5. ^
  6. ^ (2002). "Quietdrive (Self-Titled Demo) – Quietdrive". Audioscrobbler. Retrieved 2008-05-28.  

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