|Rock singer David Clement and self-proclaimed
chanteur David Driver team up for a night of great music on Friday, April
8 at The Club at LaMaMa. The juxtaposition of these two seemingly opposite
styles makes sense to these artists who are consistently breaking the bounds
of their respective genres. Performing independently or together, they bring
their unique sensibility to a wide range of musical styles. They will be
accompanied by Julian Fleisher, Daniel Cartier, Rob Bailey and Erin Hall.
DAVID CLEMENT is a distinctive stylist of
what has been called "lyric-centered Rock." He had just moved
to New York to work for visual artists Nancy Spero and Leon Golub when
he made a career move into music at the encouragement of a high-school
classmate, Liz Phair. His first CD, "Be More Like Me" (Wild
Monk Records) garnered critical acclaim and was picked as "critic's
choice" by Billboard.
For the next two years, Clement honed his craft with a series of musical
experiments, and finally found a collection of musicians he wanted to
record with: avant guitarists Chris Cochrane (Suck Pretty, No Safety)
and Marc Ribot (of Elvis Costello's Attractions, etc.), Richard Dworkin
(Alex Chilton), bassist Mike Stanzillis (from Sandra Bernhard's backing
band), Marty Beller (They Might Be Giants, The Negro Problem), and the
spidery prince of glam guitar, Rob Bailey.
His upward soar was delayed when Mercury Records was acquired by Universal,
sending his newly-finished second CD into legal limbo for years. So he
detangled with shows in L.A., in Chicago (including Steppenwolf Theater),
and in New York. He spent years playing "residencies" at Bar
B CB's Gallery, The Sidewalk Cafe, and the Baggot Inn. He has also played
at The Mercury Lounge, Fez, The Living Room, Arlene's Grocery, Finally
Fred's and Hannah's Lava Lounge. Those shows got him the role of the BAR
BAND on the WB's "Jack and Jill" and his music could be heard
beneath some of the machinations on "Dawson's Creek." In 2002
he re-recorded the songs of his ill-fated second CD as "your Free
Gift" (Show Dog Records).
He mostly now plays with Rob Bailey, whose pop sensibility, classical
training, and love for a sonic experiment mix with Erin Hall's cello to
make a dreamily driven framework for David's tightly crafted "post-Brechtian-pop/acid
Kindamusic.net wrote, "With hypnotizing guitar chords and a flair
for subtle lyrics, David Clement can be found between REM, Ryan Adams
and Eels, deep in the territory of accessible, well-written alternative
Independent Songwriter Magazine wrote, "The breathy vocals are a
sharp contrast to the hard-driving music. And the tug-o-war between the
two elements create a tension that's hard to ignore. The production is
so over-original that it technically breaks new sonic ground. It's rare
to find such a revelation in original music. Not only are the lyrics deep,
but the music, the production, and the vocals all blend in some multi-layered
smorgasbord to create a type of complex maze...decipherable only if one
allows the subconscious to take control. Hard to believe that humans could
operate at such an atmospheric realm."
DAVID DRIVER recently released the album “Phillips&Driver:
Togetherness” on the Bar/None label. It’s a collaboration
with Texan dyke songstress Gretchen Phillips that the two describe as
“seventies-soft-rock-country-folk” music. Their mission, as
performers and people, is to bring people (most specifically fags and
Driver has also performed in and created music for theater projects. He
was in the original Broadway company of "Rent," as well as the
La Jolla Playhouse / Streisand Festival production of Frank London’s
"Bei Nacht" and Theatreworks USA's production of "Romeo
and Juliet." He recently appeared in the new rock opera "People
Are Wrong!" at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theater.
His work has been heard on NPR's "All Things Considered" as
well as Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" on WNEW-FM and "CityFolk"
on WFUV-FM in New York. He can often be heard on The Daily Show with Jon
Stewart singing "Pride Of America," the show's closing theme.
Driver is currently appearing alongside Deborah Harry, Elvis Costello,
ex-Psychedelic Fur Richard Butler, jazz veteran Nancy King, and other
luminaries on “Fire at Keaton’s Bar and Grill,” (Six
Degrees Records) chief Jazz Passenger Roy Nathanson’s music theater
piece/concept album. The live performance played to sell-out crowds at
its debut at The Arts at St. Ann's in Brooklyn, and continues to tour
Europe and America.