Label Spotlight: Drive-Thru Records
by Evan Lucy | September 21, 2013
If you were a pop punk fan in the early 2000s, odds are you owned at least one Drive-Thru Records release. The brother-and-sister-run California label launched the careers of the genre's biggest stars, including New Found Glory, The Starting Line, Dashboard Confessional, Something Corporate, Hellogoodbye and more; thanks to a distribution deal with MCA (later Geffen), these acts even enjoyed varying degrees of mainstream success. Others, like Long Island post-hardcore group The Movielife and ska-turned-experimental rockers Rx Bandits, never struck a nerve with the general public but enjoyed notable careers nonetheless. (Fun fact: The label even courted a pre-fame Fall Out Boy back in the day, but talks dissolved when Drive-Thru preferred signing the band to its imprint, Rushmore Records.)
With much of its roster cannibalized by the major-label deal, Drive-Thru slowed down around 2005 and entered a lean period without much success. Currently, the label is on hiatus, but its veritable treasure trove of a back catalog still stands as the soundtrack to summers gone by. Take a trip back in time with this playlist of songs that helped make Drive-Thru Records a scene powerhouse, along with tracks from band members who went on to much bigger things: Midtown, fronted by now-Cobra Starship singer Gabe Saporta, and indie rockers Steel Train, whose guitarist, Jack Antonoff, has enjoyed a banner year in fun.