Lacuna presents a scattering of sounds and styles, but is held together by a thematic focus on the question of how time’s passing affects the loving heart. The title is a reference to Fillmer’s departure from the group to pursue a career in medicine. This transition is discussed in the poetic and soft “Grow Without Me,” Fillmer’s goodbye to Driveaway and its fans. The album’s final track, “8th Song, Goodnight,” introduced fans to the new Driveaway with the Ropp brothers at the helm.
In the summer of 2018, guitarist Kyle Tapley joined Mankin and the Ropp Brothers, and Driveaway reentered the Gainesville music scene with an updated dance-rock and indie pop pallet. Currently, the band is recording a new set of singles and has already released “Northside,” a groove-based anthem championing self-discovery.
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