In ninth grade, Brandon Lanier started telling Droo Hastings that he was a great drummer, and that they should start a band with him and his friend Justin Bonhiver.
Initially the band was a trio with Hastings as lead singer and bass guitar, Lanier playing drums, and Bonhiver on guitar.
The band posted an audition for a lead singer on MP3.com. Kevin Truckenmiller entered the band after submitting his solo work, including an early incarnation of the song I Go Both Ways.
Matt Kirby began attending Saint John's University with Truckenmiller. The group eventually joined together and formed in 2002 under the name "Sneaker 2 Bombs,"
a hard rock band which reflected the evolving Minneapolis local music scene.
Quietdrive initially built a following at The Garage youth center in Burnsville, Minnesota.
The band pursued music venues in Minneapolis but found better connection with younger crowds and stayed between suburban and city clubs.
The local scene following eventually led to the Twin Cities performance of Van’s Warped Tour in 2004.
Afterward, an A&R scout for Epic Records (a label under Sony BMG) began contacting the band in June 2004.
Though the band had been pulling in two different directions, the members came into agreement with the record company and signed to the Epic label later in December.
When All That's Left Is You is Quietdrive's first LP, produced, engineered and mixed by Matt Kirkwold and James Harley
of World Record Productions with additional mixing by Chris Lord-Alge and Mark Endert, was released in May of 2006.
Its first single was "Rise from the Ashes" and was featured on Electronic Arts' NHL 07 soundtrack.
In 2006 the band released their cover of the Cyndi Lauper song "Time After Time" to nationwide radio play.
The song is also used for the WNBA "Have You Seen Her?" advertising campaign.
The song became a minor hit on pop radio, hitting #23 on the syndicated American Top 40 countdown show.
It was also featured on the soundtrack of the 2006 feature film, John Tucker Must Die. The song was also featured in the trailer to the 2008 remake of the film Prom Night.
After the CD release into 2007, the band had a lengthy US tour and was featured in January 2007 as the "Artist of the Month" on Xbox Live.
Quietdrive with producers Kirkwold and Harley released a new single entitled "Pretend" on their AbsolutePunk.net page in early 2007 for fans.
Though the band garnered success with Epic, in April 2008 they cancelled their contract with Epic Records partly citing the restricting management of the major music industry.
Quietdrive released their second full-length album Deliverance on October 14, 2008, and supported this album with an extensive tour with announced dates in the US, UK, and Japan.
Quietdrive released their EP "Close Your Eyes" independently on October 13, 2009. Their first single was "Jessica".
Robby Starbuck produced the music video, which premiered on buzznet.com on December 15, 2009.
Shortly after the release of Close Your Eyes, Matt Kirby decided to leave the band. In the summer of 2010,
bassist Droo Hastings also decided to leave Quietdrive while the band was touring in support of Close Your Eyes.
The band released their self-titled third studio album on December 14, 2010.
Kevin Truckenmiller vocals/Acoustic Guitar/Violin Bass (2002–Present)
Justin Bonhiver: Guitar (2002–Present)
Brandon Lanier: Drums (2002–Present)
Will Caesar: Guitar/vocals (2010–Present)
Brice Niehaus: Bass (2010–Present)
Matt Kirby: Guitar/vocals (2002–2009), Manager (2009–present)
Droo Hastings: Bass (2002–2010)