Secret Prog Influences on Drive Like Jehu and Pitchfork


Drive Like Jehu-O Pencil Sharp

So, always having been a fan of San Diego indie/postpunk/math rock/pre-emo/indie prog band Drive Like Jehu, I always wondered about their unique sound, sounding like a mix between stuff like Sonic Youth, Fugazi, and King Crimson. Lately though I’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of their parts remind me a lot of Rush! Which, isn’t taboo to say anymore, as opposed to the early 1990s, after bands like Don Caballero, the Fucking Champs, Mars Volta etc, and even bands like Daft Punk have brought prog rock back to the spotlight after years of mockery from punk rockers etc.

Especially listening to Rush’s Tom Sawyer–the main part of the verse, when the guitars come in after the lyrics “A modern-day warrior / Mean mean stride, / Today’s Tom Sawyer / Mean mean pride,” is quite reminiscent of the main riff to Drive Like Jehu’s O Pencil Sharp, and almost exactly like the outro to Drive Like Jehu’s Turn it Off, and also sounds quite a bit like some Pitchfork parts.


Rush-Tom Sawyer

Then Rush’s Red Barchetta–quite reminiscent also of the guitar and bass on some of the more tuneful Pitchfork songs like maybe Twitch or something (pre-Drive Like Jehu band with the same singer and two guitarists etc). Especially the guitar riff at 1:16 in the video below, that postpunk sounding guitar part that comes after the first verse part in Red Barchetta, that could be from a Drive Like Jehu song (such as the main riff of Human Interest) or a Siouxsie and the Banshees song. And check out the harmonics and everything!


Rush-Red Barchetta


Pitchfork–Flatland Farming/Drop Dead
Two of the least remarkable Pitchfork songs (Placebo, Twitch, etc are much more remarkable), but the only ones I could find on YouTube…

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