saga: the concept album
“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. In fact, the immersive version is returning in fall at Transplants Brewing in Palmdale, CA. STDR first debuted as a pure ‘band’ at LA’s Zebulon for its “Bad Bath” Video Release Show.
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.
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.
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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
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