If it is, she’s not saying. It’s her policy.
The actress-musician is aware that some people may initially be turned onto her music because of her star-powered name in film. “That maybe will get them through the door,” she says, but it won’t affect “whether … they think the record is good or not.”
Miss Driver, who was traveling with her band to their next show in Southern California when we caught up with her, doesn’t sound too concerned about the reception.
“It’s good,” she says. “We’re good.”
Miss Driver plays Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere (www.birchmere.com) in Alexandria, and Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Rams Head On Stage (www.ramsheadonstage.com) in Annapolis.
Ah, the crane kick. The martial arts move that Gen Xers of all shapes and sizes have mimicked in hopes of seizing just one ounce of Ralph Macchio’s “Karate Kid” awesomeness. Many of us haven’t thought about it since 1994’s “The Next Karate Kid” reminded us of the futility of trying to surpass (or even equal) that singular moment of kick-butt glory.
Until “Sweep the Leg,” the very first single off the self-titled debut of No More Kings.
If you don’t listen to the words, you’ll hear a catchy little pop tune that isn’t too far off Maroon 5’s mark. But you must, we repeat must, listen to the words. They’re about that tremendous karate-tastic feat, and come not from the perspective of Daniel LaRusso (Mr. Macchio), but his flaxen-haired foe, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), the one who took some evil advice from his sensei and “swept” Daniel’s leg, nearly crippling him in hopes of clenching victory.
If the tune itself isn’t nostalgia-producing enough, the imaginative video (directed by Mr. Zabka) reunites the two “Karate Kid” stars, as well as some surprise extras. It is, in a word, a hit, topping MySpace’s most-viewed lists, snagging nearly a million views on YouTube, and earning a mention on VH1’s “Best Week Ever” online.
“You know what’s funny?” asks Pete Mitchell, the Kings’ vocalist and chief songwriter. “I haven’t even seen the video out in the world yet. It still feels like something I made and put out there.”
The next single is “Michael (Jump In),” which name-checks David Hasselhoff’s “Knight Rider” character; additional tunes on the disc reference Smurfs, voguing and other ‘80s-isms.
“I didn’t do it on purpose,” Mr. Mitchell says. “It feels like an ‘80s album, but it really just addresses things that I grew up with. I don’t know … I’m not done with my childhood yet.”
No More Kings roll through Arlington’s Iota Club & Cafe (www.iotaclubandcafe.com) on Sunday at 8:30 p.m.