"It's All Timing" was recorded in the summer and fall of 2010 and released in the summer of 2011. Music styles on the new CD range from the light reggae-pop of the opening track "Adam Sandler Movies," punk-pop tunes like "Boris and Ivan" or "I'll Be Me" — the latter of which has a decidedly classic rock edge to it as well — to interesting ballads like "That's All" with a hard-hitting finale featuring emotional, raw lead guitar work.
Of his latest release some fans have commented, “This is a really fantastic album…” and "Good stuff… I never expected anything less.” You can read more fan reviews on his website.
Softer, folk-rock songs with layered acoustic textures, like "No Disguise" and "Barrel of Beauty" provide a calm pause between the upbeat, driving rhythms and power-pop attitudes of some of the other tracks. The latter, Barrel of Beauty, sounds very reminiscent of Mark Knopfler with a touch of David Gilmore.
Drew calls on personal life experiences for much of his music, and that is evident in the track Boris and Ivan, which is dedicated to the memory of a former bandmate, an extremely talented bassist and songwriter, who committed suicide many years ago.
A songwriter and musician with a focus on acoustic and electric lead guitar, Drew also bangs on the drums and plays bass. He began his life with guitar more than 30 years ago, and began writing songs in his early teens.
Born in Japan, Drew was raised in various places stateside as his father moved around with the USAF. They eventually paused in Dover, New Jersey, for a time (where he took drum instruction) before finally moving to the Sussex County area where he attended high school and rehearsed or performed with different musicians and bands, eventually joining up with a keyboardist friend and forming a duo, performing cover tunes around northern NJ. He now resides in West Chester, PA.
Up to now Drew's music has been a blend of rock, pop, folk and blues with some shades of progressive, but his more recent work, which will appear on his next release, currently in the writing stage, seems to be leading into other areas with more emphasis on the art of expression and individuality. To that end his music has taken on a heavier, gritty edge, influenced by newer trends in rock music and inspired by the power of such bands as Rush, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, Alice in Chains, and others.
As a songwriter and musician Drew has been inspired by the sounds and stylings of a variety of artists, that list includes Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Jackson Brown, Peter Frampton, Tom Morello, Steve Howe, Donald Fagan, Peter Gabriel, Rob Zombie, and Trent Reznor to name just a few.