Flaming heck a rock band

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Head-banging power trio The Flaming Drivers are on a mission to put the rock back into the Queenstown music scene. 

In the past 12 months, the band’s high voltage sound has seen them build a solid following throughout the region.
And drummer Joel Rowlands reckons fans have latched on to their music after becoming bored with the usual diet of roots, reggae and dub.
 
“I listen to a lot of roots music myself and I’ve nothing against those kinds of bands,” Rowlands says. “But there’s a bit of an overkill going on in New Zealand – there are all these groups that sound the same and who are stepping on each other’s toes.
 
“But there’s people out there who just love rock music and that’s who we’re going for.
 
“It’s good we are doing something different. We are three guys who are passionate about what we do and have a lot of fun while we’re at it. 

“At some of our gigs, people have been going crazy – which is really wicked to see.” 

The Flaming Drivers also feature bassist Glen Balfour and Mo Ackerman on guitar/vocals. As well as fronting their own ear-splitting shows, the trio has played alongside other hot Kiwi acts such as Left Or Right, The Tutts, The Outsiders and Hangman.
 
The Flaming Drivers crank up the volume in front of a hometown crowd at Revolver on Friday before taking their music further afield on a string of South Island dates with Hangman in April. 

They’ve also recorded 10 songs for an upcoming CD. 

“We haven’t decided what to do with the tracks yet as we were planning an EP but already have enough material in the can for a full album,” Rowlands explains. 

“We just need to polish things up a little bit and we’ll be ready to rock.”
 
Not bad going for a band that only got together last year.
 
‘We haven’t been on the go for all that long but we’ve pretty much been getting out there as much as we can to build up a live following and it’s been working well,” Rowland says.
 
“It’s all about having a message to be heard and if you don’t have that you won’t be going anywhere.”