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A performance-charged, genre-bending rock spectacle, STUNTDRIVER (STDR) began as a solo character-driven project that quickly evolved into a fully immersive concept for its debut record “Saga.”  The album was brought to life with actors, dancers, and a full band in matching white “Diva” Knievel suits on a Yellow Brick Road-type set that led the audience through an interactive, live album experience. 

 

STDR  then hit the road opening for Peaches sold-out 20th anniversary tour and slimmed aerodynamically down to a slick touring group. 

 

Drawing inspiration from Siouxsie Sioux, Peaches, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Distillers and even Hole, STDR delivers its infectious, bass-driven, dark-synth laced, heavy electro, art rock soundtrack to the crowd as they are seduced out of their comfort zones while simultaneously feeling as though they’ve succeeded in making the world a more inhabitable place.  The titillating live show feels like walking into a party co-hosted by Pee Wee Herman and Elvira in an outer-space Salvador Dalí painting with Dr. Frank-N-Furter & their rocky horror gang, Barbarella, Cindy Sherman, & Evel Knievel in attendance. 

 

The woman who dazzles art and rock crowds alike with alter-egos, couture racing-inspired attire, a human tunnel, and loud post-punk sing-a-longs, is Kym Priess, multi-instrumentalist, singer, & comedically-swayed performance artist. 

 

The project is quite mutable as Priess often plays solo but when accompanied, the band members include her two co-producers of the debut album “Saga, John Avila (OingoBoingo) and Anton Söder, and drummer Jimmy Lucido (Gary Numan, Electric Six.)

 

STDR has been working on a new album but will join the Nashville all-female trucker rock outfit, Thelma & the Sleaze, as direct support on their US tour in December 2023. STDR is also releasing a cover of "Why am I such a Misfit?,” from the Rudolph holiday claymation classic in December as well. 

 

Stay tuned for the new record in 2024, a European tour and new suit colors ;)

* DIRECT SUPPORT: PEACHES - SUMMER 2022, THELMA & THE SLEAZE - MAY, DEC 2023 

* 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 (Mastering Engineer - Social Distortion, Robert Plant, Cat Power, Iggy Pop - also mastered debut album STUNTDRIVER "Saga") 

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Guitar Girl Magazine mention "...Stuntdriver’s Kym Priess energized and show-stopping rendition of Violet by Hole.”

Sean Carnage Interview

Voyage LA / Conversation with Kym Priess

Something Rather than Nothing Interview (podcast)

Wimn

ShoutoutLA "Risk is how I live my life and therefore my art."

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?"

The Sounds Won't Stop

"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.”

NOTE: NEEDS 2024 UPDATE!!! GO TO INSTAGRAM FOR MORE UP-TO-DATE INFO :) 

2023 SHOWS: 

MAY 11 - LA / RESIDENT - Thelma and the Sleaze, Simone 

SEPT 11 - DALLAS / THREE LINKS -  Fea, Boof 

SEPT 12 - AUSTIN / THE MOHAWK - Matt & Kim

SEPT 30 - LA / HARVARD & STONE - Thinky Flesh Album release, Dedtones

OCTOBER 15 - LA / PERMANENT RECORDS ROADHOUSE - Bloody Death Skull, Chaki 

DECEMBER 3  - LAS VEGAS, NV / DOUBLEDOWN

DECEMBER 7 - AMARILLO, TX / GOLDEN LIGHT CANTINA - Thelma & the Sleaze Direct Support   

DECEMBER 8 - ALBUQUERQUE, NM / LAUNCHPAD - Thelma & the Sleaze Direct Support   

DECEMBER 9 - TUSCON, AZ / 191 TOOLE - Thelma & the Sleaze Direct Support 

DECEMBER 10 - BISBEE, AZ / THE QUARRY BISBEE - Thelma & the Sleaze Direct Support     

DECEMBER 15 - MARFA, TX / PLANET MARFA

DECEMBER 17 - HOUSTON, TX / BIG TOP @ CONTINENTAL ROOM  

2022 SHOWS:

APRIL 13 - LA / RELEASE SHOW - EL CID - Dagger Polyester, Fusion Babies 

APRIL 23 - PALMDALE / TRANSPLANTS BRE WERY - CTHTR / Belted Sweater /  Lotto /  Fact Pattern 

APRIL 26 - LA / REDWOOD ROOM - Xtine & Reckless Hearts Residency , Call and Complain , The Vigils 

APRIL 30 - SAN DIEGO / TIL TWO CLUB - The Great Sadness, Spacewizard   in space  

MAY 3 - OAKLAND / IVY ROOM  - Maya Songbird, Electric Machine Gun Tits (Solo Tour) 

MAY 5 - PORTLAND / DANTE'S - Quando Quando Quando, Blushbutton (Solo Tour) 

MAY 6 - SEATTLE / SUBSTATION - Beverly Crusher, Black Pontiac, TRANCES, Appaloosa, Elvis Batchild (Solo Tour) 

MAY 7 - EUGENE / OLD NICKS  - Flaming Bison (Solo Tour) 

MAY 14 - TARZANA / MAUI SUGAR MILL SALOON  - No Small Children / The Thingz 

JUNE 5 - LONG BEACH / BOOMER’s  COCKTAILS  - Flames of Durga / Cosmic Kitten 

JUNE 23 - ROCK N ROLL CAMP FOR GIRLS 

JUNE 24 - LA / VIPER ROOM - Jane n' the Jungle 

JULY 9 - DETROIT / QUITTER FEST / BAGLEY CENTRAL 

JULY 16 - SURF RODEO / VENTURA - Ozomatli, Badfish, Shiragirl

AUG 14 - PEACHES TOUR / VEGAS / AREA 15

AUG 15 - PEACHES TOUR / SANTA FE / MEOWWOLF

AUG 30 -  LA / HARVARD + STONE  — Harry Katz and the Pistachios and Tokyo Lucky Hole 

SEPT 24 - LA / JR HIGH / Mars Rodriguez, Chaki Funk Wizard 

OCT 5 - LA / THE VIRGIL - Foreign Resort (Denmark), Hax (Italy)

OCT 14 - LA / ORACLE TAVERN / SEAN CARNAGE FRIDAYS  - Banny Grove, Ziemba, Glen Meadmore

OCT 22 - LANCASTER, CA / MOAH Free Concert Series - Alan Ishii, Class War Imprint, Rock Octopus 

NOV 2 - LA / MONTY / Pussy Gillette 

DEC 9 - LA / CLUB DECADES / Boardners  

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