I was driving around Durham, NC in 2003, trying to find the house of a girl I was indifferent about seeing, recovering from a larger heartbreak that ran all the way from Maryland to Carolina. Already late that evening, I was making multiple wrong turns in a town where I had no close friends, no full-time job, and no particular purpose. The one thing I did have was a band I had just formed with Joe Caparo (bass) and Adam Miller (drums), so when I got lost enough to stop the car that night and found myself at the intersection of Starlight Drive, I knew what name to give this band.
After a move back home to Washington, DC, I found drummer Josh Wenk and bass player Dan Swenson to form the second incarnation of Starlight Drive. Using recordings made at Sound Camera studios in Fairfax, Phase Studios in College Park, and home recordings made in my DC apartment, I released the first full-length Starlight Drive album, Beautiful Accidents. We held a small, but festive release party at DC 9 in Washington, DC and that lineup of the band promptly disintegrated.
When I moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Starlight Drive was reduced to it's principle songwriter. I continue to write and record under that name because I was still driving around at night, lost. There was even another Starlight Drive nearby. After fleshing out a home studio, I recorded and released, Are We Dead Yet?, the second full-length album. The album received some airplay on WNRN and was the cause for an across-the-valley-and-over the mountain tour featuring solo shows at Harrisonburg's Little Grill Collective, Staunton's Mockingbird, and Charlottesville's Twisted Branch, and a full-band release show at JMU's Festival Drum. After the release party, the band promptly disintegrated again.
Reduced again to a one-man crusade against practicality, Starlight Drive managed to continue existing. In 2014, Lullaby for Afterlife was released. The album featured more experimentation with synths and drum machines than previous recordings and prompted the release of music videos for the songs, "Tunnels toward Light" and "Telepath."