Black River Drive are a rock band from Auckland, New Zealand. Black River Drive consists of Sam Browne (lead vocals, guitar), Rusty McNaughton (bass), Matt Stone (lead guitar, piano) and Mike Tan (drums).
Their first single "Everywhere" was recorded at York Street Studios in Sept 2008 with Greg Haver and Clint Murphy. The band's second single, "Bullet For Your Gun", received a lot of radio play and reached #1 on New Zealand radio station The Rock's weekly countdown, and stayed there for 5 weeks. The band's third single also went straight to #1 on the same countdown, staying there for 3 weeks and beating out singles from Disturbed & Slash.
Black River Drive played alongside I Am Giant and Luger Boa in the State of Rock tour of New Zealand, June/July 2010.
After inking a deal with legendary independent record label Rhythm Method (Opshop, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Shapeshifter), Black River Drive’s debut album Perfect Flaws was released on October 4, 2010, delivering in spades the band’s potent mix of crunching, relentless guitars and raw, emotive melody. The album was produced with Greg Haver (The Feelers, Opshop) and Chris Van De Geer (Stellar*). The album went on to debut at #17 in the New Zealand Music Charts.