Faber Drive deserves to be huge if only due to the involvement of every leading light within the modern rock genre. Chad Kroeger, although not convinced initially, has endorsed the band by co-writing several songs with band leader Dave Faber and signing them to his now burgeoning 604 record label. The production team of Joey Moi and Brian Howes, who incidentally co-writes every single song on offer, are recognised as perhaps THE top young producers within the modern rock genre. Add to that a host of top musicians including Nickelback’s Daniel Adair and Closure’s Robin Diaz and you really do have a recipe for success.
Howes’ influence is evident throughout, from the huge harmony vocal arrangements through to the melody, keyboards and obvious 80’s theatrics. Within a loosely based pop punk framework it works well. ‘24 Story Love Affair’ and ‘Killin Me’ hint at SR71, whilst first single ‘Second Chance’ with its stabbing riffs and layered vocals comes over like a modern version of Def Leppard. Elsewhere ‘Sex and Love’, lifted from the e.p recorded under the name Faber, enters similar territory to fellow Canucks One Nine Hundred; yet another band aided and abetted by Howes.
Several faults are evident on ‘Seven Second Surgery’ and if you are prepared to overlook them they needn’t spoil the sugary sweet guilty fix of incessantly catchy pop rock. Lyrically Faber Drive won’t win any awards for their thought provoking ability and secondly at times Faber Drive stray somewhat uncomfortably into boy band territory on more than one occasion. The sweeping ballad ‘When I’m With You’ is a superbly written piece of commercial pop music and would provide the perfect vehicle for any number of boy bands, but it lacks the necessary edge to convince us that Faber Drive are bonafide rock band. The pop punk phenomena can become a little overcooked toward the end of the album; ‘Obvious’, an ode to being misunderstood because of the way you look or behave and not, ironically, an introspective look at the pop punk genre and ‘Summer Fades To Fall’ are throwaway nonsense.
As a debut album ‘Seven Second Surgery’ is a sensational collection of bubble gum pop tunes that become instantly embedded in the brain, however band longevity means song longevity and with the next album the band should look to evolve into something a little less instant and with a clear plan to leave a longer lasting taste on the aural palate.