After The Teaches of Peaches tour this past summer, the genre-bending electro-rock sensation hasn't stopped. “Very Peaches / Karen O feel to the vocals, edgy and full of fire,” says Analogue Trash. The live show is a fiery sensation indeed - STUNTDRIVER (STDR),
theatrical, absurd & whimsically dark, takes the stage in “Diva” Knievel white racecar suits, gold helmets, and Bladerunner-inspired makeup, unleashing 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 - clearly not another band in black. New Noise Magazine testifies, “With a syncopated beat, heavy synths, [barreling bass lines], anthemic choruses, and backing vocals from John Avila (yup, of OingoBoingo)”, STDR evokes Siouxsie x Peaches X Karen O with a dash of NIN, a splash of Rocky Horror and a sprinkle of conceptual artist Cindy Sherman devoured inside Pee Wee’s Playhouse.
STDR playfully examines the age-old battle of Light and Dark in its debut concept album SAGA that came out 9.24.21 on Rock Hand Records. The Sounds Won’t Stop said it’s a “blitzkrieg of blisteringly blissful bangers that …come together to create a powerhouse of an album.”
The tracks have appeared on a compilation from Beat Buzz Records (UK) and many playlists including LAMusicScene, American Pie Playlist, REAL Rock Music, Gaming Music You’ll Love, Running Workout, From the Strait, Gritty in Pink, Alternative Favorites, and most recently were featured on Pandora AMP: Fresh Cuts.
The bold undertaking was formed in 2018 by fierce, campy performance artist /music-maker Kym Priess to accompany a wild, immersive multi-media production with actors, musicians and a Yellow Brick Road-like set in LA.
Bandmembers have included Jimmy Lucido (Nightmare Air, Electric Six), Ryan James, John Avila 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.” Current lineup is Priess, Avila, Söder and on drums Sean Burgess (Boneacre, Nightjacket.)
STDR is versatile to say the least. It’s been performed as everything in between solo to a five-piece to the grandiose OG immersive version.
Visceral, campy, choreographed music videos are consistent with STDR’s otherworldly aesthetic — examining mask & identity in new-wave/post-rock “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 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.” See them here: http://www.youtube.com/c/STUNTDRIVER
The band has been back at it; dazzling and coaxing crowds out of their comfort zones and into a human tunnel.
STDR will woo you, maybe scare you a little and leave you wondering where you too can get a white stuntsuit.
++ NEW ALBUM IN WORX ++
* 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")
Think of STUNTDRIVER as a choose-your-own-adventure performance art band, 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.
MORE INFO + PIX HERE
Guitar Girl Magazine mention "...Stuntdriver’s Kym Priess energized and show-stopping rendition of Violet by Hole.”
Voyage LA / Conversation with Kym Priess
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.”
APRIL 13 - LA / RELEASE SHOW - EL CID - $10 - Dagger Polyester, Fusion Babies
APRIL 23 - PALMDALE / TRANSPLANTS BRE WERY - $10 CTHTR / Belted Sweater / Lotto / Fact Pattern
APRIL 26 - LA / REDWOOD ROOM - $8 - Xtine & Reckless Hearts Residency , Call and Complain , The Vigils
APRIL 30 - SAN DIEGO / TIL TWO CLUB - $10 - The Great Sadness, Spacewizard in space
MAY 3 - IVY ROOM - $10 - Maya Songbird, Electric Machine Gun Tits (Solo Tour)
MAY 5 - PORTLAND / DANTE'S - $10 - Quando Quando Quando, Blushbutton (Solo Tour)
MAY 6 - SEATTLE / SUBSTATION - $10 - Beverly Crusher, Black Pontiac, TRANCES, Appaloosa, Elvis Batchild (Solo Tour)
MAY 7 - EUGENE / OLD NICKS - $10 - Flaming Bison (Solo Tour)
MAY 14 - TARZANA / MAUI SUGAR MILL SALOON - No Small Children / The Thingz
JUNE 5 - LONG BEACH / BOOMER’s COCKTAILS - $10 - Flames of Durga / Cosmic Kitten
JUNE 23 - ROCK N ROLL CAMP FOR GIRLS
JUNE 24 - VIPER ROOM - $10 - 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 - THE VIRGIL - $12. - Foreign Resort, Hax
OCT 14 - ORACLE TAVERN / SEAN CARNAGE FRIDAYS - $10 - Banny Grove, Ziemba, Glen Meadmore
OCT 22 - MOAH Free Concert Series - Alan Ishii, Class War Imprint, Rock Octopus
NOV 2 - MONTY / Pussy Gillette
DEC 9 - CLUB DECADES / Boardners