WHO IS STUNTDRIVER
STUNTDRIVER is a sultry, bombastic, genre-bending, performance rock spectacle from Northeast LA. The adventurous act encompasses howling, melodic vocals , bass-driven, barreling drums & dark synths interlaced with the occasional squealing guitar. Originally conceived as a “theatrical rock adventure” with a pair of wildly creative and immersive multi-media performances, STUNTDRIVER has honed itself into a sleeker vehicle for performance artist/music-maker/songwriter Kym Priess’s outsized musical vision. Priess’s idea here is to straddle both the rock and art worlds in a multi-disciplinary way that ultimately provides an inclusive we’re-all-in-this-together experience beyond the “normal” music venue show. And to keep you guessing more, the lineup can vary from a duo to a five-piece or even Priess solo. You might find former Oingo Boingo member John Avila (bass, backing vocals), Anton Söder (drum programming, keytar)and Nightmare Air’s Jimmy Lucido (live drums) performing alongside Priess (vocals, synths)…just depends on which show you attend.
The torrid post-rock phenomenon mixes industrial, electro, punk, new wave/dance and even early 90s metal while live show antics include but are not limited to custom-made white racecar suits, gold helmets, gold/black painted faces, Grace Jones-style costume changes, Janet Jackson-inspired choreography, visuals, punk sing-a-longs, yellow sponges and audience encouragement to share secrets with strangers. A recent audience member said, “…somehow [STDR] makes us feel like we're all on the same punk rock team together,” after she went through the customized human tunnel thrown on the dance floor.