SOURCE: The Strive

The Strive

July 09, 2012 09:00 ET

KC Based Power Pop/Rockers The Strive Design the Road for Breakthrough Success on Their New Four Track EP Produced by Blue October Bassist Matt Noveskey

Having Hit the Top of the Unsigned Bands Playlist on, the Group Has Shared Bills With Hawthorne Heights, All Time Low, Yellowcard, Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - Jul 9, 2012) - Think Kansas City's just famous for being a legendary jazz town?

Not anymore, thanks to the explosive power-pop of The Strive, a KC based band that brings intense and infectious mix of power guitars and propulsive grooves. 

They named their band after the spirited, forward thinking aesthetic they brought to their 2010 debut EP Anything Goes and their new follow-up EP Design The Road, which drops July 10 and produced in Austin, Texas by Matt Noveskey, bassist for the rock band Blue October.

For a group that's only been around since the winter of 2010 -- and debuted its current lineup of Nick Stacy, Luke Davis, Greg Dowd, Michael Zenk and charismatic frontman Brendan Stevens in March 2011 -- The Strive has made spectacular inroads on the indie scene.

Besides their formal releases, the home recorded "Caught Inside" quickly rose to the top of the charts on's Top Unsigned Bands playlist. In addition to developing a passionate following via performances at KC hotspots like the Beaumont Club and Uptown Theatre, The Strive have performed on bills with Hawthorne Heights, Ivoryline, All Time Low and Yellowcard; played shows in Milwaukee, Dallas, Austin and the Springboard South Festival in Houston; and were featured at the Red, White & Boom concert, at KC's Starlight Theatre, that included performances by Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw. The band will be performing July 9 at The Vans Warped Tour on the Ernie Ball Stage at The Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre in Kansas City.

With heartfelt, personal lyrics by Stevens and music by Davis and Stacy, the songs on Design the Road reveal writers that are deep thinkers and artists whose powerhouse performances are genuine and original but have an irresistible commercial appeal. In addition to Stevens' soaring, emotional vocals, the two things that immediately hit listeners who are new to The Strive experience are Davis' blistering electric guitar fire and Stacy's deep and versatile drum grooves, which are propulsive to the point of wild hypnosis.

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