'Without music, life would be a mistake." - Fredrick Nietzsche In an effort to make rock and roll music by the sweat and toil of true musicianship, Cuesta Drive holds Nietzsche's philosophy as words to live by. The band formed in January of 2003, when three former classmates, Dane Drewis (lead guitar, lead vocal), Tim Diedesch (bass and vocals) and Mike Camilleri (rhythm guitar, percussion and vocals), students at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California, combined their penchant for melodic expression and began developing it into a refreshing sound. In 2005 the trio moved to the outlying suburbs of Sacramento where they established and refined their sound with crisp vocal harmonies, precise guitar work, and a solid rhythm section. Drewis and Camilleri began work on new original pieces, and with the help of Diedesch, molded them into distinct and versatile songs that take their cues from the rock, blues, and soul music of the 60's and 70's. Vocally, they looked to the harmonies and melodic styling of the Motown era. Other aspects were largely influenced by the lead guitar work of prodigies like Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Page. This refreshing take on "Rock and soul" proved to be a formula for success as the band acquired a rabid fan base while touring up and down the West coast. Their inevitable regional success led to Distractions, released in January of 2009. The much anticipated sophomore album has undoubtedly put Cuesta Drive on the radar of music industry "insiders" everywhere. Distractions evolves with the help of accredited producers, and collaboration with decorated songwriters and musicians. The production is cutting edge, while the music itself remains timeless.
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