saga: the concept album
STUNTDRIVER is a new LA performance-driven genre-bending rock spectacle with its “Diva” Knievel white racecar suits, gold helmets, painted faces, Janet Jackson-esque choreography, and dark-synth laced heavy electrorock that makes everyone feel like they’re on the same punk rock team. The bold undertaking is spearheaded by campy, fierce performance artist/music-maker Kym Priess and playfully examines the age-old battle of Good vs. Evil. Pre-covid, the project took the form as a band but current livestreams are mostly Priess solo. Bandmembers have included Jimmy Lucido (Nightmare Air, Electric Six), Ryan Sullivan, John Avila (OingoBoingo), and Anton Söder, who are both producers on the upcoming concept record “SAGA.” The eight-track album was mastered by Grammy winner, Gavin Lurssen (Iggy Pop,Alice Cooper, Cat Power, Social Distortion.) Mike Bloom (Rilo Kiley, Julian Casablancas)also makes a guitar cameo on experimental jam “Funeral for a Fantasy.”
STUNTDRIVER originally debuted as a wildly creative/immersive multi-media event in LA that sold out consisting of a cast of actors, full band, roaming projections, dramatic lighting and a Yellow Brick Road-like set. Afterwards, SD honed into sleek concert venue gigs playing the likes of LA’s Echo Park Rising and local residencies and was in route to play SXSW when Covid happened. Priess hopes to return to these immersive versions by releasing the upcoming record as a drive-thru experience.
The act’s visceral, campy, choreographed videos are consistent with its message - examining mask/identity in new-wave/post-rock “Plastic Faces,” eradicating flaws with yellow sponges in barn-burner “Bad Bath” and dance-rock “Fugitive” animated by New Yorker Magazine + Beck artist Patricia Luna.
SD ended 2020 with a campy pulsating pandemic holiday rock anthem called “Curbside Xmas” accompanied by an absurd, fun music video.
Think of STUNTDRIVER as a choose-your-own-adventure performance art band, whether virtual or in-person whimsically guiding us into otherworldly bliss and confronting the flaws of planet Earth.
Peaches x Rocky Horror x Siouxsie Sioux with a dab of Cindy Sherman & a splash of Nine Inch Nails.
New Noise Magazine "With a syncopated beat, heavy synths, anthemic choruses, and backing vocals from John Avila (yup, of OingoBoingo), “Fugitive” begs the questions: “Are we Fugitives or Drivers on a collision course with our demons?
A&R Factory "It’s super-charged with playful Punk energy and there’s plenty of theatrical flair to well and truly set the artist apart from the rest. It’s fierce, but the ferocity doesn’t dilute the sultry and playfully sardonic approach which STUNTDRIVER took with FUGITIVE, which may just be the most volatile track I’ve heard this year. If you’re a fan of the Distillers, you’ll definitely want the LA artist on your radar."
Earmilk "Quite rousing and edgy."
Come Here Floyd “Has YYY, Peaches, and Republica vibes mixed in one. That's what you do. Which you do so well. Rockin' indeed, in that SD way.”
Alternative Alpaca "Love the energy! Very early Yeah Yeah Yeahs! Loved the vocal!”
We All Want Someone to Shout For “A confident electronic and pop sound with a bit of a fierce rock and punk undertone.”
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FEATURED ON UPCOMING COMPILATION BY BEAT BUZZ RECORDS, UK - OUT 3.26.21
FEATURED ON UPCOMING GAVIN LURSSEN VIDEO SERIES - OUT APRIL 2021