Driving Past formed essentially 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) then David's brother Michael (Hanshalf Trio, Crabstick, Blairmailer, Ruff Buff, Panel of judges) who was also a temp because he was going overseas. They finally acquired a permanent bass player in Andrew Withycombe (The Cat's Miaow, Hydroplane) and added a fourth member Mia Schoen (Molasses, Sleepy Township, Huon) on additional guitar and keyboards.
As well as writing songs, singing and playing guitar with the band, Gig is a well-known poet with four well-received books published, the most recent being Pure And Applied (1998). She is also poetry editor of the Melbourne Age.
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 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.
The group have been playing sporadically around Melbourne in this incarnation for many years now, appearing alongside like-minded international artists of the calibre of Alastair Galbraith and interstate successes like The Frustrations and Flywheel.