“Anyway” is an unreleased song by Rick Chavez who is best known as guitarist and founding member of the rock band Drive. Originally from Houston, Texas, the band came together when its members were barely out of high school and soon after they moved to Los Angeles, which had become the epicenter of the ’80s rock scene. They quickly made a name for themselves on the streets of Hollywood and the Sunset Strip and landed a spot on the KNAC Pure Rock Best of the West Compilation album with a song penned by Chavez titled I Need the Nights. Soon after label offers started coming and the band inked a deal with Rampage Records. Their debut album Characters in Time received tremendous reviews from the industry’s top rock press, including the coveted 5 “K” rating from Kerrang! Magazine, it was recently re-released by Warner Music Group. What separated Drive from the other bands on the Strip were their intelligent lyrics, intricate musicianship and suburb vocals. In the early 90’s the band left Rampage and signed with Zoo Entertainment. In 1992 they released the sonically advanced and more mature sounding Diablero. Unfortunately, a shake-up at the label along with the dawn of the metal-killing “grunge” scene, left the album without much of a push, so recording the third album was put on hold and the band members moved back to Texas. Chavez continued to write and record. His solo recordings find him crossing genres and mixing rock n’ roll melody with the blues and even a little jazz creating a strong and original sound.
1988 – Characters in Time
(Rampage Records/Warner Music Group)
1992 – Diablero