WHO THE F IS STUNTDRIVER
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 and save the world. It 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 has been a victim of many livestreams during the pandemic.
Its “Diva” Knievel white racecar suits, gold helmets, Bladerunner-inspired makeup, Janet Jackson-like choreography, heavy audience interaction and a dark, yet infectious, electroclash rock opera vibe makes everyone feel like they’re on the same punk rock team. The bold undertaking is spearheaded by campy, fierce performance artist/musicmaker Kym Priess and playfully examines the age-old battle of Light and Dark.
Bandmembers have included Jimmy Lucido (Nightmare Air, Electric Six), Ryan James, Andrew Ransom, John Avila (Oingo Boingo), and Anton Söder, who are both producers on the record. "SAGA" was mastered by Grammy winner, Gavin Lurssen ( Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Social Distortion.) Mike Bloom (Rilo Kiley, Julian Casablancas) makes a guitar cameo on experimental jam “Funeral for a Fantasy.”
Fun fact: The STDR suits were made by the rave mad hatter hat maker, Stephen Baldry.
Think 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.
PHOTO: MELISSA RAMIREZ
ABOUT KYM PRIESS
Kym Priess is an adventurous, bold creator, musician, singer, actor, on-camera host and performance artist living in Los Angeles whose creations are highly influenced by the Wizard of Oz and the art of drag and disguise. Her work pushes boundaries, forms and comfort levels yet maintains a playful, whimsical and curious tone and has been seen in galleries, theaters, non-traditional locations and federal prisons globally. Priess has been described as “critical to the existence of the dragon in you” (ComeHereFloyd) and earned comparisons to Siouxsie Sioux and Joan Jett (LA Buzz Band’s Kevin Bronson). Fun fact: sang on William Shatner’s record “Spirit in the Sky.” KP is from Austin, Texas, loves tubing down a river, frozen margaritas and actually, really wants to be a stuntwoman.