Spiky and romantic 90s four piece featuring members of the Canannes, Sleepy Township and the Cat’s Miaow, behind songwriter and acclaimed poet Gig Ryan.
Driving Past formed in early 1996 when Gig Ryan and David Nichols began playing music together.
The two are both originally from Melbourne but met in Sydney in the 80s when Gig was a member of Disband (one LP, Six Good-Byes, on Big Home Productions 1988) and David was a member of the Cannanes (numerous albums etc.). Guitarist/singer and drummer were joined by temporary bass player Laura McFarlane (Ninety-nine, Sea Hags), who was always a temp because she was heading overseas with Dragster, then David's brother Michael (Hanshalf Trio, Crabstick, Blairmailer, Ruff Buff, Panel Of Judges), who was also a temp because he, too, was going overseas. Finally acquiring a permanent bass player in Andrew Withycombe (of the Cat's Miaow, Hydroplane) and adding a fourth member - additional guitar and keyboards - in Mia Schoen (Molasses, Sleepy Township, Long Weekend).
As well as writing songs, singing and playing guitar with the band, Gig is a well-known poet with four well-received books published, including Pure And Applied (1998). She has also been poetry editor of the Age newspaper.
Andrew, as songwriter and key member of Hydroplane, has numerous internationally successful records to his credit; the group is highly regarded around the world and regularly receives airplay on the BBC. Mia, as well as writing songs and playing in Sleepy Township, is the drummer in Long Weekend, and a successful visual artist who regularly exhibits in Melbourne. She designed the album cover. David is a historian and the author of the book The Go-Betweens (Allen and Unwin, 1997), a study of the famous Brisbane group. Andrew, Mia and David also record under the name Huon.
Currently inactive, the group played around Melbourne in this incarnation for a number of years. They appeared alongside like-minded artists such as Alastair Galbraith (NZ), the Frustrations and Flywheel.