Cobra Man
New Driveway Soundtrack

(Goner Records)


It’s difficult to tell sometimes if a band is being deliberately ironic; if they’re genuine pastiche, like The Baron Knights or The Wurzels, or are a mixture, like The Darkness. ‘New Driveway Soundtrack’ is from those ’80s films that were on after Match of the Day back in the ’90s or on Channel 5 on Sunday lunchtimes today. The title track’s spoken word intro is possibly an allegory about making changes in our lives, finding the new driveway, although its dripping in sarcasm.

Musically, both that track and the following ‘Weekend Special’ are one part Tron and another part the first few minutes of ‘Maniac’ from Flashdance, while ‘Magic Hour’ has vocals courtesy of Johnny 5 from Short Circuit. They say themselves that the couplet are a “…. pixelated Streets Of Rage style call to arms….” ‘Cookies Acrylics’ and ‘Masters of the Universe’ are then samples from a BBC sound effects tape and ‘Lazyman’ has elements of post-punk angst, but on the whole ‘New Driveway Soundtrack’ is someone playing with their carboot Casio keyboard that only has a few effects.

Support Loud And Quiet from £3 per month and we'll post you our next 9 magazines

As all of us are constantly reminded, it’s getting harder for independent publishers to stay in business, which applies to Loud And Quiet more now than ever, 14 years after we first started printing a magazine that we’ve always given away for free.

Having thought about the best way to support our running costs (the printing and distribution fees, the podcast and production costs etc.) we’d like to ask our readers who really enjoy what we do to subscribe to our next 9 issues over the next 12 months. The cheapest we can afford to do this for works out at £3 per month for UK subscribers, charged yearly.

If that seems like a bit of a punt, you can pay-as-you-go for £4 per month and cancel any time you like. European and world plans are available too, at the lowest rate we can afford.

It’s not just a donation – you’ll receive a physical copy of our magazine through your door and some extra perks detailed on our subscribe page. Digital subscriptions are available worldwide for £15 per year. We hope you consider this a good deal and the best way to keep Loud And Quiet in your life without its content, independence or existence suffering.