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 Posted:   Sep 8, 2011 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Krakower Group   (Member)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LAKESHORE RECORDS TO RELEASE THE SOUNDTRACK FOR DRIVE

Soundtrack Features Original Music by Cliff Martinez

With Songs by Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx, The Chromatics, Desire, College featuring Electric Youth and Riziero Ortolani featuring Katyna Ranieri

(August 16, 2011- Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release the Drive -- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack available digitally on September 6th and in stores on September 27, 2011 in conjunction with the release of the film by FilmDistrict on September 16th. The soundtrack features original music by Cliff Martinez (The Lincoln Lawyer, Traffic) with Eurosynth-styled songs by Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx (“Nightcall”), The Chromatics (“Tick of the Clock”), Desire (“Under Your Spell”), College featuring Electric Youth (“A Real Hero”), and Riziero Ortolani featuring Katyna Ranieri (“Oh My Love”).

“One thing that was unique for me about this project was having songs exert such a strong influence on the score,” said Martinez. “That helped to create a unified, one-size-fits-all, style of soundtrack…the 80s electronic pop style made a lot of sense to me. I knew that Nicolas [Refn, director] was in love with that sound and I saw a way to acknowledge it with vintage synth sounds and cover most of the dramatic food groups while referencing that style.”

This blending of score and song is the perfect vehicle for Cliff Martinez. Martinez moved to California in 1976, just in time for the punk movement. He had stints as drummer for the Weirdos, Lydia Lunch and Foetus frontman Jim Thirlwell, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dickies. He was also the drummer in the final incarnation of legendary iconoclasts Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band.

Martinez’s entrée into music for film happened somewhat inadvertently, when a tape collage he had constructed led to an opportunity to score an episode of comedian Paul Reuben’s mid-‘80s TV hit, Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. That collage was also heard by Steven Soderbergh, who tapped Martinez to provide the music for his first theatrical release sex, lies and videotape.

Martinez has since received compositional credit on many of Steven Soderbergh’s projects including Kafka, The Limey, Solaris, Gray’s Anatomy, Schizopolis, Traffic (which earned four Oscars and earned Martinez a Grammy nomination), and the upcoming film Contagion. He also composed the music for Espion(s) and A L’Origine, two French films released in 2009--the latter earned a Cesar Award nomination for best original score. His other credits include Pump Up The Volume, Wicker Park, Wonderland, and The Lincoln Lawyer.

In Drive, Ryan Gosling stars as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for criminal operations by night. A loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful but vulnerable neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a young mother dragged into a dangerous criminal underworld by the return of ex-convict husband Standard (Oscar Isaac).

After a heist operation, intended to help Standard pay off protection money, spins out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals (Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman). When the gangsters reveal that they’re after more than the bag of money in his trunk—that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son—Driver is forced to shift gears and go on the offense.

Composer Martinez was able to bridge the gray area between music and sound design – with the music becoming an important element of several scenes. “I wasn't entirely aware of how much the sound department was going to impact the dramatic character of the film but I got a strong whiff of it in early cuts,” said Martinez. “At the same time Nicolas [Refn] was asking me to create some things that functioned in the same way as music but was not what most people would actually consider music. So I was the meat in the middle of a soundtrack sandwich. My goal was to create a seamless flow between the songs, the score and the sound effects.”

FilmDistrict presents Drive in theaters on September 16, 2011. The Drive – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Lakeshore Records will be released digitally on September 6 and in stores on September 27, 2011.

ABOUT FILMDISTRICT:
FilmDistrict is a multi-faceted acquisitions, distribution and financing company focusing on wide release, commercial pictures. Founded by Graham King and Tim Headington’s GK Films, in partnership with Peter Schlessel, the company’s upcoming releases include DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, August 26; DRIVE, September 16; THE RUM DIARY, October 28; IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY, December 23; PLAYING THE FIELD, March 9, 2012 and LOCKOUT, April 13, 2012. The company’s initial films, INSIDIOUS and SOUL SURFER, have collectively grossed over $95 million to date at the US Box Office. For more information, visit filmdistrict.com or call (646) 380-4470.

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Official Drive website: www.drive-movie.com
To preview the soundtrack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9J4R4KYv-s
To pre-order the soundtrack: http://bit.ly/DriveSoundtrack

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 Posted:   Oct 2, 2011 - 10:08 PM   
 By:   Zaku   (Member)

Wow!

Just finished watching this movie, LOVED it. It had some great music, the song A Real Hero is beautifully placed in the movie. Martinez score was okay and functioned well in the movie, I would need to listen to it separately to see if I really like it. It's pretty ambient sound.

This was really a great surprise, wish there were more movies like this one.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2011 - 1:43 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Agreed!

Loved this one – very much a 21st century Taxi Driver in many ways. A little pretentious in places, maybe, but some awesome performances and a terrific atmosphere. Brilliant opening 15 minutes, probably my favourite of the year so far. And how cool (as with Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy) to actually get a full set of opening titles! The imagery was shockingly violent. And I think I might be developing a crush on Carey Mulligan, hard to believe that she was once Sally Sparrow!! :-)

The score worked really well I thought, but it’s definitely not something you’re going to come out humming. I certainly interested to find out how it plays on CD.

But I didn’t like the songs at all. I thought they were obvious and unnecessary. So the protagonist becomes hero at the end – another similarity there to Taxi Driver – do we really need a big loud song (called A Real Hero FFS!!) to ram the point home?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2011 - 3:03 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Beautiful, beautiful soundtrack that I keep playing over and over again.

Not too hot on the indie/electronica songs, though.

Looking forward to seeing the film too.

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2011 - 5:28 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Beautiful, beautiful soundtrack that I keeps playing over and over again.

Not too hot on the indie/electronica songs, though.

Looking forward to seeing the film too.


Guaranteed you'll like them after you've seen the movie.

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2011 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

More positive responses for Drive! Keep 'em coming folks.

(Not sure on the claims of "pretentious" though -- care to elaborate?)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2011 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Composer of the month: Cliff Martinez:

http://montages.no/2011/10/manedens-komponist-cliff-martinez/

(special mention of DRIVE).

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2011 - 4:54 PM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

YOR saw this movie on an DVD screener and the music was composed by Angelo Badalamenti.

What's going on? YOR is confused!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2011 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

YOR saw this movie on an DVD screener and the music was composed by Angelo Badalamenti.

What's going on? YOR is confused!


Apparently a bootleg of an incomplete version of the film is circulating with temp tracks from Badalamenti, Reznor/Ross's SOCIAL NETWORK score and the Brian Eno piece used in 28 Days Later, "An Ascent".

I have no interest in seeing this thing, and nobody should miss seeing this amazing film on the BIG screen. It's gorgeous. I'm just letting people know a fact I read online. I hope nobody tries to steal from the filmmakers by illegally downloading the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2011 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

double post

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2011 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

As for DRIVE...

Why, oh why, do record labels persist in releasing the download version of an album weeks before the CD?

It's infuriating.

The film has already come and gone, and the CD still doesn't come out for another week.

I didn't buy the download because I wanted the CD but honestly, after waiting a month my desire for the CD is vanishing.

They've lost a sale. it's silly. Put them both out at the same time. How hard can that be?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2011 - 6:39 PM   
 By:   Krakower Group   (Member)

Believe it or not, it can be very hard to put them out at the same time.

Often with soundtracks elements are delivered too late to go through the process of making a street date for the physical release. With CDs distributed by through traditional distributors it takes 6-8 weeks from production to delivery in stores. With soundtracks, it's usually the delivery/approval of the final artwork that holds things up - and those elements take the longest to reproduce.

You don't have the same issue with digital releases because you don't have to produce the physical goods.

I'm sorry you have changed your mind. If we could have gotten it into stores sooner we would have loved to do so.

Till then you can preview the album here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9J4R4KYv-s or watch a video of Cliff Martinez on Carson Daly here http://vimeo.com/29885900

As for DRIVE...

Why, oh why, do record labels persist in releasing the download version of an album weeks before the CD?

It's infuriating.

The film has already come and gone, and the CD still doesn't come out for another week.

I didn't buy the download because I wanted the CD but honestly, after waiting a month my desire for the CD is vanishing.

They've lost a sale. it's silly. Put them both out at the same time. How hard can that be?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2011 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   jamesluckard   (Member)

Believe it or not, it can be very hard to put them out at the same time.

Often with soundtracks elements are delivered too late to go through the process of making a street date for the physical release. With CDs distributed by through traditional distributors it takes 6-8 weeks from production to delivery in stores. With soundtracks, it's usually the delivery/approval of the final artwork that holds things up - and those elements take the longest to reproduce.

You don't have the same issue with digital releases because you don't have to produce the physical goods.

I'm sorry you have changed your mind. If we could have gotten it into stores sooner we would have loved to do so.

Till then you can preview the album here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9J4R4KYv-s or watch a video of Cliff Martinez on Carson Daly here http://vimeo.com/29885900


I'm confused though. The film played at Cannes back in the spring. Has anything been changed with the music since then?

Soundtrack albums used to routinely get released on CD the same week as the film came out, now it's just as likely that the CD will hit weeks later.

Especially in the case of DRIVE, which seems to have been finished six months ago at least, I'm not sure I understand the time issue.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2011 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   Jim Barg   (Member)

Guaranteed you'll like them after you've seen the movie.

Seconded.

I've seen the film twice. It's great.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2011 - 7:53 PM   
 By:   Krakower Group   (Member)

I wasn't privy to the details for Drive specifically, but often it's things like key art issues, licensing of songs, liner notes etc. Just because the film was locked then doesn't mean the label was locked in...

Trust me - we would have preferred for them to come out at the same time - or at worst a week apart. If it could have been done it would have.

Believe it or not, it can be very hard to put them out at the same time.

Often with soundtracks elements are delivered too late to go through the process of making a street date for the physical release. With CDs distributed by through traditional distributors it takes 6-8 weeks from production to delivery in stores. With soundtracks, it's usually the delivery/approval of the final artwork that holds things up - and those elements take the longest to reproduce.

You don't have the same issue with digital releases because you don't have to produce the physical goods.

I'm sorry you have changed your mind. If we could have gotten it into stores sooner we would have loved to do so.

Till then you can preview the album here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9J4R4KYv-s or watch a video of Cliff Martinez on Carson Daly here http://vimeo.com/29885900


I'm confused though. The film played at Cannes back in the spring. Has anything been changed with the music since then?

Soundtrack albums used to routinely get released on CD the same week as the film came out, now it's just as likely that the CD will hit weeks later.

Especially in the case of DRIVE, which seems to have been finished six months ago at least, I'm not sure I understand the time issue.

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2011 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   Zaku   (Member)

Till then you can preview the album here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9J4R4KYv-s or watch a video of Cliff Martinez on Carson Daly here http://vimeo.com/29885900


Thanks for that Martinez video, that was great. I love that Elevator scene, it was perfect.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2011 - 4:59 AM   
 By:   Lifeforce   (Member)


Seeing Drive a second time tomorrow, It's been the must see film here in London, with mobile phone company discounted tickets Wednesday performances selling out in the West End.
As for the sublime soundtrack, Amazon UK can't seem to keep enough stock to stop it instantly selling out.
And next week Contagion opens. I'm loving this Cliff Martinez month!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 18, 2011 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   JDH   (Member)

I'm still waiting for this CD to come in stock at Amazon UK. Soundtrack of the year so far.

 
 
 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 6:22 AM   
 By:   JSWalsh   (Member)

Have yet to see the movie but am really enjoying the CD--very ambient and stark ala the best 80's synth stuff. Definitely not for everybody, if you don't care for long stretches of sustained electronic drift, stay away. My tolerance for such is limited, but when it's done well I love it, and Martinez knows what he's doing, though I wager it would work better with the movie for most. Closer to Tangerine Dream than Girogio Moroder, or The Edge's CAPTIVE score.

I've not been a huge fan of Martinez in the past as his stuff comes off as very bland to these ears, though I liked SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE. This one has a little more variety. With me it's a very fine line between "eh" and "moody-cool," and this one does the trick.


Losher22, if you're reading this you should check this out. Not dark so much as sustained moodiness.

 
 Posted:   May 6, 2012 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

you MUST see the movie.

 
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