saga: the concept album
Theatrical, absurd & whimsically dark, STUNTDRIVER is not just another band in black. STDR is an electro-rock performance art-driven rock spectacle that’s out to woo you and save the world. The act was formed in 2018 to accompany a wild, immersive multi-media production complete with actors, musicians and a Yellow Brick Road-like set in LA. STDR has continued on as a “band” playing the likes of Echo Park Rising, Zebulon, Satellite, LA residencies and was in route to play SXSW, right before Covid. But don't worry - they were victim to many livestreams.
Its “Diva” Knievel white racecar suits, gold helmets, Bladerunner-inspired makeup, Janet Jackson-esque choreography, heavy audience interaction and a dark, yet infectious, electroclash rock opera vibe 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 Light and Dark.
The songs from the living album, immersive experience were released September 24, 2021 on Rock Hand Records as the concept album “SAGA.” Bandmembers have included Jimmy Lucido (Nightmare Air, Electric Six), Ryan James, John Avila (OingoBoingo), and Anton Söder, who are both producers on the record. 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.”
Visceral, campy, choreographed music videos are consistent with STDR’s message of battling dark and light forces — examining mask & identity in new-wave/post-rock track “Plastic Faces,” eradicating flaws with yellow sponges in barn-burner “Bad Bath," the video by New Yorker Magazine animator Patricia Luna for the dance-rock single “Fugitive” that premiered on New Noise Magazine and most recently, the video for electro-rock anthem "Trapped in a Body" including Kym's dad on some 'drums.' STDR even made a pandemic holiday song called “Curbside Xmas” with an accompanying ridiculous video. See them all here: http://www.youtube.com/c/STUNTDRIVER
Fun fact: The STDR suits were made by the rave mad hatter hat maker, Stephen Baldry.
Numbers game name drop if that matters : SAGA has already racked up 20k in plays on Spotify.
Now, you might wonder why it took so long for the band to start playing concert-style shows and release the album…Well, it’s called MONEY. Kym spent ALL her money on the original immersive shows (everyone got paid decent wages) so she had some catch-up to do after that!!! And here we are ;)
But STDR is a machine and has been ready to go for quite awhile.
Stay tuned for tour dates and the opportunity for the safe interaction of humans, life-size tunnels and yellow sponges used to clean off new friends.
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 blitzkrieg of blisteringly blissful bangers that each have a life of their own but also come together to create a powerhouse of an album.
Stuntdriver is like Peaches, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. 30 Seconds To Mars, Red Knife Lottery, L7, and Metric all decided to make a record together only better.
This record will kick your ass in the best ways and have you crawling back for more."
Break Every Rule - Album premiere
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.”
SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS INCLUDE : Hype Machine, LaMusicScene, From the Strait, Gritty in Pink, Homebrew by Beat Buzz Records
FEATURED ON: COMPILATION BY BEAT BUZZ RECORDS, UK
FEATURED ON UPCOMING GAVIN LURSSEN VIDEO SERIES
PAST GIGS ———
1/22/20 SATELLITE, LA $12 - ShiraGirl, No Small Children
1/3/20 SMALL’S BAR, Detroit $15 - Zachariah Malachi (Patti Smith’s son’s band), Sean Jovi, Slow Wave, Master Bedroom
10/14/19 SATELLITE, LA - Kristeen Young residency
9/13/19 HAM & EGGS, LA - LARA FM, Glamour Pony
8/31/19 TAYLOR JUNCTION, JOSHUA TREE - Popstar Nima, Jane Machine
8/16/19 ECHO PARK RISING @ LITTLE JOY, LA - Bizou,Livingmore,Tidal Babes,YIP YOPS,Night Talks,Luna Aura, Colleen Green, The Entrance Band,
6/10/19 ZEBULON, LA $12 - Popstar Nima, LA Drones, Lxvuri (Sera Timms of Blackmare)
6/29/18 HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE, Santa Monica - Debut Immersive Sold-out Shows
6/30/18 HIGHWAYS PERFORMANCE SPACE, Santa Monica - Debut Immersive Sold-out Shows
CANCELLED SHOWS 2020 ——
7/31/21 CAROUSEL LOUNGE, Austin
4/14/20 THE HI-HAT, LA - No Small Children
3/14/20 Yeast by Sweet Beast, Unofficial SXSW
3/17/20 Tiny Van Showcase
3/19/20 Elysium Unofficial SXSW - Foreign Resort, Byrakrat, Bloody Knives, Clones
3/21/20 Balanced Breakfast Unofficial Showcase
3/23/20 Bombay Beach Festival - Jessika Von Rabbit, Landroid
3/26/20 Lost Horse Saloon - Necking (Canada)
APRIL 2020 : Special guest on popular Gritty in Pink Livestream - IG LIVE (Founder of female Warped Tour Stage)
JULY 16 2020 : The Influencer (green lady I created) Seminar - Cooky show instructing people how to disguise their flaws w. her fictional online product called NITECREME - IG LIVE
JULY 23 2020 : The Influencer Seminar returns with raffles and dance contests - IG LIVE
JULY 31 2020 : Plastic Faces Video Sneak + Full show - YouTube Live
SEPT 2020 : Presented by Maiden LA / Full set livestream with special guests - YouTube Live
OCT 2020 : STDR Halloween Special with Toban Nichols, Becky the Saw Player, Stacy Dawson-Stearnes, Gregory Barnett - IG LIVE
DEC 2020 : STDR F'd Up Holiday Variety Show - Debuted my pandemic Xmas Single+Video and Hosted a variety show with guests such as ATL punkers Lesibu Grand, comedian Mel Vesey, Brooklyn drag sensation Ginger Ladd, multi-media artist Toban Nichols, tarot reader Sara Timms - YouTube Live
FEB - MARCH 2021 : Multiple IG LIVES to raise money for my Dad’s GoFundMe to take care of his declining health
MARCH 2021 : Played a song on Gritty in Pink Livestream
JUNE 2021 : Flaw Show on YouTube Live in celebration of 'Nitecreme" single release w/ special guests
Other artists played/toured with :
Zachariah Malachi (Patti Smith’s son’s band), Sean Jovi, Slow Wave, Master Bedroom, Bizou, Livingmore, Tidal Babes, YIP YOPS, Night Talks, Luna Aura, Colleen Green, The Entrance Band, Kristeen Young, Shiragirl, No Small Children, Glamour Pony, Lara FM, Popstar Nima, LA Drones, Lxvuri (Sera Timms of Blackmare), Nightmare Air, Jane Machine