Dave Cloud

TSM represents Dave Cloud licensing/sync rights for: World

Artist Description: A major figure on Nashville's underground rock scene, Dave Cloud was a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, actor, poet, and storyteller who earned a cult following for his over-the-top performances that suggested a fever-dream fusion of Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits, filtered through the body and voice of a seedy yet confident lounge singer. In 1996, Cloud debuted a new band, Dave Cloud & the Gospel of Power, that played dirty, fractured, lo-fi garage rock as Cloud declaimed beat-style lyrics in a sonorous voice that enveloped everything from '50s style ballads to steam of consciousness jams. The band's flexible line-up often included members of other noted acts, including Lambchop, the Silver Jews, Trauma Team, Clem Snide, and My Dad Is Dead.

In 2004 as word spread about Cloud's unique rock & roll vision, Fire Records signed him to a record deal, and reissued his first two albums as a two-fer titled Napoleon of Temperance. The deal with Fire led to Cloud & the Gospel of Power touring outside the United States for the first time, playing a string of dates in England and Denmark, where Cloud's music had earned him an enthusiastic audience. Between 2008 and 2012, Cloud and his compatriots released three more albums -- Pleasure Before Business, Practice in the Milky Way, and Live at Gonerfest --. While Cloud maintained a busy performing schedule in the 2010s, his health began to fail him, and on February 18, 2015, he died in a Nashville hospital due to complications related to melanoma. Five months after his passing, Fire released Cloud's final album, Today Is the Day That They Take Me Away.

Label: Fire Records

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