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Smith (right): “This album has been stressful.” Photo by Steve Steward

Even though they’ve been around for a while, Morningside Drive has been one of the more under-appreciated local bands. If you ask around, it seems like lots of local musicians are passingly familiar with them – the kind of band you know because you’ve seen their name on a door down the hall from your band’s rehearsal space, maybe hearing their practice leak out from the crack under the door. But now that they have their debut album out, the quartet hopes to make a bigger noise.

Currently available on digital channels like Spotify and iTunes and on Friday in CD format, Morningside Drive’s 11-song debut is a collection of rollicking throwback alt-rock, harking back to the days of flannel shirts, Cowboys Super Bowl wins, and (Bill) Clinton scandals. Sipping on cocktails at a table on a local bar patio, the band reflected on the road that lead to Jordan. Apparently, it was fraught with lineup changes, said guitarist/singer Ric Smith.

“It’s been a revolving door with members quitting or retiring or moving on for personal reasons,” he said. 

Morningside Drive

9pm Fri w/Mañana Cowboy and Trials at The Grotto, 517 University Dr, FW. $10. 817-882-9331.

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