Spring Fling: Changing the speed limit with ‘Drive Faster’

By Kenneth Baumbach
April 18, 2002

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This year’s Spring Fling, on May 4, is shaping up to be a day filled with fun. With live music, food, various events and plenty of partying, Spring Fling will be a day that no one will soon forget. This year the local band, Drive Faster will play at Cabrini.

Scott Slomeana and Anthony DiLella, the founders of Drive Faster, formed the band in August 2000. It was a venture they had wished to pursue for a long time. The duo teamed up with high school friend, Chris Dunne who played drums. With Slomeana on bass and DiLella on guitar the trio began writing songs immediately.

Drive Faster played their first show a few weeks later, opening up for Slomeana and DiLella’s other band, “The New Victims,” which is no longer in existence. The band got the idea for the name Drive Faster from the movie “That Thing You Do.”

“There is a band on the soundtrack called The Vicksburgs who play some song called ‘Drive Faster.’ It’s the hardest f—— thing in the world to come up with an original band name. The name just clicked and we figured we’ll keep it,” Slomeana said.

After Dunne was forced to leave the band in order to attend college, Slomeana and DiLella wasted no time in finding a new drummer. Long-time friend Matt Tholey, filled in for Dunne and the trio connected perfectly. The band soon entered the studio and recorded a nine-song demo. Drive Faster played as many gigs as they could, to try and get their music heard, and spent countless hours trying to promote the band. The band won first place in Cabrini College’s Battle of the Bands and received radio play at Cabrini and West Chester University’s radio stations.

Eventually a second guitarist, Todd Cericola joined the band. With Cericola, Drive Faster was now a four-piece band with a heavier and more defined sound in their music. “Drive Faster is made up of four washed up has-beens now. I’m the drunk guy who rambles and attempts to play bass. Anthony wishes he played guitar for Bon Jovi but settled for Drive Faster. Matt likes to break stuff, which most of the time ends up being his drums, and finally Todd, well, no one knows where he came from,” Slomeana said.

On the one-year anniversary of the band, Drive Faster entered Trax East, Nj., to record their first full-length album entitled “From This Second On.” The 11-track CD celebrates the emotional punk/rock scene the way the band sees fit. One may purchase the CD on-line at www.drivefasterrocks .com For more information about the band check out the web site.

Drive Faster will be performing at this year’s Spring Fling at the “Burn Bash” on May 3.


April 6
Pontiac Grille, South Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
12 p.m.

May 26
Mahoning Valley Ambulence Co., Pa.
This is a benefit for Red Cross.

May 4
The West Chester Community Center, Pa.
5:30 p.m.

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