It’s been three years since Mission’s favourite sons Faber Drive delivered their acclaimed sophomore set can’T keEp A SecrEt, an album that spiked their pop rock style with extra synth sounds on hits like “G-Get Up and Dance!” and “Give Him Up.” Following a Juno nomination for Pop Album of the Year, a headlining tour across Canada, and double platinum single sales for “G-Get Up and Dance,” the B.C. boys are ready for fans to discover their next album, Lost In Paradise.
Featuring production work from Matt Squire (Katy Perry, 3oh3, All Time Low, Simple Plan) Ryan Stewart (Carly Rae Jepsen), Andrew Goldstein ( Hot Chelle Rae), Shawn Desman, and Mike Green (Paramore, All Time Low), Faber Drive’s third full-length is currently scheduled to arrive this summer through 604 Records. While the record showcases the strong yet sugary hooks that have carried the group since their 2007 debut Seven Second Surgery, and furthers the electro-pop experiments of can’T keEp A SecrEt, it’s also poised to bring the band into even more uncharted territory.
“There are going to be a few super ballads, there’s going to be a few fun, party rockin’ songs, and it’ll definitely be a fun, energetic album to listen to, for sure,” vocalist/guitarist Dave Faber explains from a newly renovated barn where the band is putting the finishing touches on the varied collection with longtime collaborator Colin “Crocker” Friesen. “We’re big believers in songs,” Faber continues, “If it’s a song that people can relate to, if it’s a song that we feel passionate about, if it’s a song that gives us chills…that’s the most important thing for us.”
“Do It In Hollywood,” the sneak peek from Lost In Paradise that dropped online and on the airwaves this past March, has already sent shivers through listener’s spines. The track, co-written by Simple Plan’s Pierre Bouvier and Chuck Comeau, keeps up the club-vibe of “G-Get Up and Dance,” but veers into dubstep via the deep bass drops of its bridge. “We’re big fans of the genre,” Faber said in regards to the wub-wubbing midsection.
As for the lyrics, while the song shouts out the L.A. scene’s mansions, models, money and bottles, the key to the single’s spirit, as chanted by the band, is that “everybody knows that’s it’s not about that.” “You don’t need to be in Hollywood to have a good time. That’s the basic story of it,” the singer says of the sentiment. “You can be anywhere you want to be, you’ve just got to make the best of what you’ve got.”
The group’s fun-loving attitude brings them from the club scene to the beach on new number “Candy Store,” a breezy, acoustic guitar-driven love song that playfully compares a new amore to some sugary favourites. On it, both Faber and guest rapper Ish drop references to Lifesavers, Kit Kat’s and anything under the collective umbrella of Mr. Christie.
Beyond the bangers and summery jams, Faber Drive also take to the tender side of pop on Lost In Paradise on both the title track and the heart-tugging, textured power ballad “Life Is Waiting.”
“Music is about emotion,” bassist Jeremy "Krikit" Liddle elaborates. “Whether it’s a party song like ‘Set It Off’ or ‘Do It In Hollywood, or whether it’s a love story like “Candy Store,” we want to have songs that make people feel different things.”
With the release date for the new album just around the corner, it’s only a matter of time before Faber Drive’s latest gems are found.