The band 2nd Place Driver was founded in 2002 by guitar player Bart Dietvorst (ex Wealthy Beggar) and singer Rias Baarda, first as a (home-studio) project. Quickly there after it became a real band and after recording a first E.P. ('2nd Place Driver', 2003) lots of gigs followed and a stunning live reputation was quickly established. This first release got airplay in The Netherlands and Belgium on radiostations such as 3FM, KINK FM and Studio Brussel and a bunch of great reviews in several media followed. Early 2004 a second E.P. ('Leave E.P.', 2004) was released and the story continued with again lots of media attention, airplay and gigs. After those two E.P.'s the official debut album followed in april 2005, entitled '...1'. This album was released in The Netherlands and Belgium by PiTAR. The album was received very well by fans and media and the first single 'Leave' got airplay on radiostations like 3FM, KINK FM and Radio 2. The video for 'Leave' got airplay on TV channels such as MTV and TMF. After this, two radio singles followed and got more airplay. The album draws attention and 2nd Place Driver gets an Essent Award for it. Essent is a big gas & electricity supplier in The Netherlands and gives this award to 10 promissing Dutch acts a year. As a result the band plays the Lowlands Festival (along with acts such as Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age), gets attention on MTV, a promobudget of € 5.000,- and lots of media attention. In the meantime the band played almost 200 shows, mostly in The Netherlands, in clubs such as Paradiso, 013 and Milky Way and on festivals such as Lowlands, Eurosonic and Parkpop. The band played supports for bands like Soulwax, Racoon, Zornik and Maximo Park. With a new bassplayer the band begins working on new material for a second album in winter 2005-2006. The music: Back to the future with electronic based retrorock. The music of 2nd Place Driver is like a knight's move: one step back and 2 ahead: retrorock with electrobeats or Depeche Mode meets Nine Inch Nails. Gruesome and heartwarming at the same time. References: Soulwax, NIN, Pearl Jam, Bowie, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, QOTSA Press clips: review '...1' 2005 FileUnder. Nl ..The songs grab you within the first 30 seconds and won't let you go after that. The fecfectly produced songs can compete with the great.. review '...1' 2005 Fret magazine ..2ndPD makes their own distictive sound from a lot of different influences. It's a well produced album with strong compositions and good melodies.. review '...1' 2005 BN De Stem (daily newspaper) ..The album sounds good and surely is radiofriendly, lot's of commercial perspective. '...1' is a decent debut album.. reviews gig Lowlands Festival Live XS, Daily Paradise, Essend Awards. Nl ..The band books succes; the tent is really crowded and with strong songs 2ndPD can compete with the other festival acts (a.o. QOTSA, Foo Fighters, etc).. ..2ndPD shows why they got all the good media attention from.. ..Good show and great songs. The band is really enjoying themselves and brings the pleasure on to the crowd.. The Band: Rias Baarda-vocals, guitar Bart Dietvorst-guitar, sample programming Rob Mertens-bass Bart van de Put-drums.