Dave Cloud and The Gospel of Power
 

Dave Cloud's Discography

Main Albums


  Live at Gonerfest (2012)
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  Practice in the Milky Way (2011)
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Learn more about Pleasure before Business
  Pleasure Before Business (2008)
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Learn more about Napoleon of Temperance
  Napoleon of Temperance (2006)
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Learn more about All My Best
  All My Best (2004)
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Learn more about Songs I Will Always Sing   Songs I Will Always Sing (1999)
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Singles and EPs

Learn more about Fever
  "Fever" EP (2009)
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Learn more about Puff Rider
  "Puff Rider" (Various Production remix) (2008)
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Learn more about You Don't Need Sex
  "You Don't Need Sex" (2007)
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Other Recordings

Learn more about Fever
  "Take You Slow" on This is Ming Beat: A Tribute to Sexton Ming (2009)
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Learn more about Fire Starter
  The Fire Starter — An Introduction To Fire Records (2009)
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Learn more about this recording
  "Lovely Rita" on Sgt. Pepper with a Little Help from His Friends (2007)
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Learn more about this album
  Children are Fascinated by Fire v1.2 (2007)
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Learn more about this album
  Children are Fascinated by Fire v1.0 (2006)
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Learn more about Keep Mother
  "All the Same" on Keep Mother, Vol. 2: C & D (2006)
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Learn more about A Working Stiff Christmas   "Carol of the Bells" on A Working Stiff Christmas: 15 Years at Springwater (2000)
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Live at Gonerfest
Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power
CD and digital download, Fire Records, 2012
 

Recorded at Gonerfest in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2010, this album captures Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power as they were meant to be experienced: live, loud, and barely in control.

Tracks:

  1. Intro by Kevin Younger of Armitage Shanks
  2. Motorcycle (Cloud)
  3. Fantastic Rage (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Booker/Swanson)
  4. Subliminal Face (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Booker/Parton)
  5. Hopelessly Addicted To You (Cloud)
  6. Filipino Houseboy (Cloud)
  7. Flowers (Sexton Ming)
  8. Emmanuelle (Hervé Roy)
  9. Run The Jack On You (Cloud/Bach)
  10. Take You Slow (Sexton Ming)

Samples:



The band:

Dave Cloud (vocals, guitar)
Matt Bach (guitar)
Ben Martin (drums)
Matt Swanson (bass)
Paul Booker (guitar)

Recorded at the Hi-Tone in Memphis, Tennessee on September 24, 2010. Engineered and mixed by Kyle Johnson & Robin Pack at Rocket Science Audio, Memphis. Front cover photograph by Don Perry. Sleeve design by John Foster at badpeoplegoodthings.com.

Classic Gospel of Power

— Nashville Scene


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Practice in the Milky Way
Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power
CD, LP and digital download, Fire Records, 2011
 

Carnal desire in its many forms suffuses Dave Cloud's fifth album, an expansive set of revved-up alt-blues, garage rock and neo-psychedelia. The Gospel of Power (led by guitar wizard Matt Bach) provides expert backing for Cloud's witty, raunchy and often hilarious lyrics—from the satirical cosmopolitanism of "The Nudist Camp" to a humbling encounter with a dominatrix in "Mrs. Crumb."

Tracks:

  1. Siberian Hypnotist (Cloud)
  2. On The Rebound (Bach/Cloud/Swanson)
  3. Practice In The Milky Way (Bach/Cloud/Swanson)
  4. Flowers (Sexton Ming)
  5. Guy De Maupassant (Bach/Cloud/Swanson)
  6. Spotty Bird (Bach/Cloud/Hatcher)
  7. Mrs. Crumb (Bach/Cloud/Crow/Swanson)
  8. The Nudist Camp (Bach/Cloud)
  9. Boogaloo (Bach/Cloud/Swanson)
  10. Only Girl I Know (Bach/Cloud)
  11. Before I Give You Up (Childs/Cloud)
  12. Razmatazz (Cloud)
  13. Surfer Joe (Bach/Cloud)
  14. School Of Hard Knoxville (Bach/Cloud/Swanson)
  15. Sky High On My New Bimbo (Bach/Cloud/Swanson)
  16. Bring On The Nubiles (Cornwell/Stranglers)
  17. Death In The Wishing Well (Bach/Cloud)
  18. Eat Me Raw (Bach/Booker/Cloud)
  19. Spanky Spank (Cloud)
  20. Party Party Party (Cloud)

The musicians:

Dave Cloud (guitars, vocals, words)

with The Gospel of Power. . .
Matt Bach (guitars, drums, bass, words)
Ben Martin (drums)
Matt Swanson (bass, loops)
Paul Booker (guitars)

featuring: Tony Crow, Brian Boling, Tom George, Charles Hatcher, Cole Street and Dr. Ilse Lazaroms as "Mrs. Crumb"

Produced by Matt Bach and Matt Swanson. Front cover photograph by Jeanne Madic. Sleeve design by John Foster at badpeoplegoodthings.com.

» A limited number of 12" vinyl LPs of Practice in the Milky Way is available for purchase from Thee Swan Recording Company:

US$15.00 + shipping
[Cloud is] a true American maverick.
★★★★

— The Skinny

Beyond irreverent to the point of being genuinely radical. Something you rarely hear in popular music.

— Impose Magazine

Beefheartian lyricism bawled with sinister charm over grinding riffs.

— The Independent
Excellent
★★★★

— Stool Pigeon
A mostly rockin', ever weird, sometimes wonderful and often terrifying chimerical sojourn. . .

— Nashville Scene


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"Take You Slow" on This is Ming Beat: A Tribute to Sexton Ming
Various Artists
CD, RIM Records, 2009
 

Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power contribute their cover of Sexton Ming's "Take You Slow" on this tribute to the UK poet and performance artist.

» Available from RIM Records



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"Fever" EP
Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power
CD and digital download, Fire Records, 2009
 

Six-track EP includes four original Cloud tunes plus covers of two classics—"Just a Little" and the Rolling Stones' "Citadel." The title track was recorded at Fire Records' Stoke Newington studio in London.

Tracks (written by Cloud except as indicated):

  1. Fever
  2. Just a Little (Durand/Elliot)
  3. Surfer Joe
  4. The Citadel (Jagger/Richards)
  5. No Matter Where You Been
  6. In the Distance

Cover photo by Don Perry.

Strange and swampy.

— The Guardian (UK)

[A] micro-masterpiece of tension and dirt.

— Artrocker (UK)



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The Fire Starter — An Introduction To Fire Records
various artists
MP3 album, Fire Records, 2009
 

Fire Records' artist sampler includes "Winter Winds" by Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power.

» Available from Fire Records



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Pleasure Before Business
Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power
CD and digital download, Fire Records, 2008

 

On their fourth album Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power deliver 15 brand new tracks of dirty garage rock and deconstructed pop. Diverse in style and subject matter, the album includes the heavy "You Don't Need Sex," the comical "Orgy," the contemplative "Airplane Japan" and the galloping "Land of a Thousand Dances" (with guest vocal by Nina Persson of The Cardigans).

Perhaps more than any previous Dave Cloud album, Pleasure Before Business showcases the musicianship and arranging skills of core Gospel members Matt Bach, Ben Martin and Matt Swanson. The Cloud original "Hopelessly Addicted to You" is an exhilarating spasm of barely-controlled chaos in which the band propels Cloud through one of his most compelling vocal performances. Their unhurried, experimental renditon of the Bee Gees' "If I Can't Have You" masterfully breaks down the disco classic into its essential melodic and emotional elements, providing a fitting denouement to the album.

Tracks (written by Cloud except as indicated):

  1. You Don't Need Sex
  2. Land of a Thousand Dances [featuring Nina Persson] (Kenner)
  3. Hey! (You're Beautiful)
  4. Hopelessly Addicted to You
  5. Orgy
  6. Mary Jane (Curb/Brown)
  7. Rock Video
  8. Lightning Surge
  9. Yummy Yummy Yummy (Levine/Resnick)
  10. Just a Little (Durand/Elliot)
  11. Airplane Japan
  12. 50 Dollar
  13. Secret Wife
  14. Cosmetology
  15. If I Can't Have You (B. Gibb/M. Gibb/R. Gibb)

The musicians:

Dave Cloud (guitars, vocals, words)

featuring The Gospel of Power:
Matt Bach (guitar, drums)
Matt Swanson (bass guitar)
Ben Martin (drums)
Paul Booker (guitar)
Steve Poulton (guitar)
Brian Boling (trumpet)

with Tom George, Jeremy McCall and Cole Street; additional guitars on "Orgy" by Alex McManus and William Tyler; vocals by Nina Persson on "Land of a Thousand Dances."

Produced by Cloud, Bach and Swanson. Cover art by Bonsey.

Fetchingly unhinged.

— The Sunday Times

Kicks unexpected ass.
8/10

— NME

Out of time and out of tune, most songs sound like they are performed by sake-soaked Japanese businessmen on the bottom of an empty swimming pool.

— AU Magazine

Deserves total worship.
★★★★★

— Buzz

A modern classic in the making.
★★★★

— musicOMH.com


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"Puff Rider" (Various Production remix)
Various Production, featuring Dave Cloud
7" vinyl single and digital download, Fire Records, 2008
 

This partnership between Fire Records and Various Production (Adam Phillips and Ian Carter) is a "dancefloor-ready" remix of Dave Cloud's funny/scary "rap" inspired by a large, ferocious house cat. Cloud's lo-fi original is on side B of the vinyl release.

Cover art by Bonsey.

Deliciously warped 80s-styled old skool electrified mutant funk.

— Losing Today

Terrifying beyond comprehension.

— Drowned in Sound

Like a musical version of a Robert Crumb comic strip.

— Norman Records


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"You Don't Need Sex"
Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power
7" vinyl single and digital download, Fire Records, 2007
 

In the first single from the Pleasure Before Business LP, Cloud and his Nashville gang blast out a dirty-ass garage riff declaring sex as unnecessary. Whether Zen satori or conflicted sentiment (or both), the pronouncement is further confused by the salivating B-side "Lavender Clothes."

Packs a scuzz-rock wallop.

— Boomkat


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"Lovely Rita" on Sgt. Pepper with a Little Help from His Friends
Varous artists
CD, MOJO Magazine, March 2007
 

MOJO Magazine commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with this track-for-track alternative rock "remake."

Joining 14 other artists (among them Stephanie Dosen, Fionn Regan and Echo & The Bunnymen), Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power offer up a raw, psychedelic-garage version of "Lovely Rita," Paul McCartney's ode to a meter maid.

» Available from Amazon.com

Praise for "Lovely Rita". . .

Garage rock worthy of the Nuggets.

— Sound Bites blog

So disorienting [it's like] you're hearing it for the first time.

— Toronto Star


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Children are Fascinated by Fire v1.2 (Boomkat Exclusive)
Various artists
MP3 album, Fire Records, 2007
 

Fire Records' third sampler album includes "Vixen...Vixen...Fox...Fox" by Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power.

» Available from Boomkat



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Children are Fascinated by Fire v1.0
Various artists
CD and MP3 album, Fire Records, 2006
 

The first Fire Records sampler includes two tracks from Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power: "Lavender Clothes" and "I'll Run the Jack on You."

» Available from Fire Records



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Napoleon of Temperance
Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power
2 CDs, Fire Records, 2006

 

Cloud's first release on the Fire Records label is a two-CD, 45-track retrospective collection that resequences most of the tracks from Cloud's first two U.S. albums (All My Best and Songs I Will Always Sing) and adds five previously-unreleased tunes.

You can preview, purchase and download the entire Napoleon of Temperance album or individual tracks from iTunes.


Tracks:

  1. Vixen...Vixen...Fox...Fox (Cloud)
  2. Puff Rider (Cloud/Crow)
  3. Lavender Clothes (Cloud)
  4. I'll Run the Jack on You (Cloud/Bach)
  5. You Missed a Damn Good Chance (Cloud/Crow)*
  6. Goin' to the Go Go (Wishman)
  7. Love Jones (Cloud/Swanson)
  8. Cool Water (Button/Cloud)
  9. Sleep All Day (Cloud/Bach/Booker/Swanson)
  10. Subliminal Face (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Booker/Parton)
  11. Fantastic Rage (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Booker/Swanson)
  12. Winter Winds (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Swanson)
  13. Bugle Call with Guitar (Cloud)
  14. Misengendered Mulatto Squandering Abeyance to Phantasmagoria (Cloud/Bach/Street)*
  15. When Everyone is Gone (Cloud/Crow/Bach)
  16. Sing 9 and 90 (Cloud)
  17. Motorcycle (Cloud)
  18. Summer Holiday (Cloud)
  19. Living in Your Love (Cloud/Bach/Booker/Friedman)
  20. Booty Shoe II (Cloud)
  21. Save the Last Dance for Me (Cloud/Button)
  22. Sudden Stop (Cloud/Swanson)*
  1. Belinda Purvis (Cloud/Bach/Street/Swanson)*
  2. Eight Miles High (Clark/Crosby/McGuinn)
  3. Heatwave (Dozier/Holland/Holland)
  4. All Day Music (War)
  5. Our Love (Don't Throw it all Away) (Gibb/Weaver)
  6. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? (Gibb/Gibb)*
  7. I'm into Something Good (King/Goffin)
  8. You Can't Lose (Cloud/Bach)
  9. Lay, Lady, Lay (Bob Dylan)
  10. Sifu Bruce Lee (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Booker)
  11. Get Down Tonight (Casey/Finch)
  12. Warmth of the Sun (Wilson/Love)
  13. Young Love (Cartey/Joyner)
  14. Me and Mrs. Jones (Gamble/Gilbert/Huff)
  15. Let's Spend the Night Together (Jagger/Richards)
  16. Wild One (Lowe/Mann/Appel)
  17. It Ain't Nothing to Me (unknown)
  18. Moonage Daydream (David Bowie)
  19. Geronimo (Cloud/Bach/Swanson)
  20. Icy Cold Brew (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Booker)
  21. Green Fields (Cloud/Bach/Boling)
  22. Teenage Bossman (Cloud/Bach)
  23. Evil Dracula Man (Cloud/Bach)

  24. * previously unreleased
[Achieves] a transcendental psychedelic primitivism.
★★★★

— The Sunday Times

There's no escaping the voice of Dave Cloud—it's one of the most mashed things since Smash. . . . [He's] the king of vocal overdub.

— Gigwise.com

If an evening in a downmarket American roadhouse with an upmarket, once-in-a-lifetime combo is what we're after, then we have it here.

— Unpeeled

Lo-fi blues and off-the-wall music delivered with the kind of conviction that's rare these days.

— Norman Records (UK)


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"All the Same" on Keep Mother, Vol. 2: C & D
Dave Cloud (split with Matthew Bayot)
Limited edition 10" vinyl maxi-single, Fire Records, 2006
 

The second volume in the Keep Mother 10" Vinyl Series includes two songs: Dave Cloud's "All The Same" and Matthew Bayot's "Carousel".



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All My Best
Dave Cloud [with The Gospel of Power]
CD, Thee Swan Recording Company, 2004
 

On his second album Dave Cloud invokes the great trilogy of Girls, Motorcycles and Money, while continuing his lo-fi exploration of carnal hedonism. Includes "Lavender Clothes," "Puff Rider," "Love Jones" and 19 other tunes. Features Dave's band The Gospel of Power.

» All My Best is available from:

Tracks:

  1. Hey Baby! Let's Get Away (Cloud/Crow) (This song is not available on any other album)
  2. Get Down Tonight (Casey/Finch)
  3. Heatwave (Dozier/Holland/Holland)
  4. Goin' to the Go Go (Wishman)
  5. Cool Water (Button/Cloud)
  6. Save the Last Dance for Me (Cloud/Button)
  7. Motorcycle (Cloud) Listen to an MP3 excerpt
  8. Sing 9 and 90 (Cloud)
  9. Warmth of the Sun (Wilson/Love)
  10. Bugle Call with Guitar (Cloud)
  11. Lavender Clothes (Cloud) Listen to an MP3 excerpt
  12. Young Love (Cartey/Joyner)
  13. Booty Shoe II (Cloud)
  14. Love Jones (Cloud/Swanson) Listen to an MP3 excerpt
  15. Me and Mrs. Jones (Gamble/Gilbert/Huff)
  16. Puff Rider (Cloud/Crow) Listen to an MP3 excerpt
  17. You Can't Lose (Cloud/Bach)
  18. Let's Spend the Night Together (Jagger/Richards)
  19. Vixen...Vixen...Fox...Fox (Cloud)
  20. Summer Holiday (Cloud)
  21. All Day Music (War)
  22. Evil Dracula Man (Cloud/Bach)

The musicians:

Dave Cloud (guitars, vocals, piano, bugle, organ, words)

featuring The Gospel of Power:
Matt Bach (guitars, drums)
Paul Booker (guitar)
Tony Crow (keyboards and programming)
Matt Swanson (bass guitar, piano)
Matt Button (guitar)
Ben Martin (drums)
Laurel Parton (drums)
Brian Boling (horns)

Produced by Cloud and Swanson.

A mix of originals and covers that translate a love of '60s and '70s rock and soul through the lens of punk and experimentation.

— Nashville Scene


Cloud's second CD manages to eclipse the eccentricities of the first. [It] includes an inspired treatment of War's 'All Day Music' that transforms the original into a vibrating blur of funked-up warbling exotica.

— The Wire




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"Carol of the Bells" on A Working Stiff Christmas: 15 Years at Springwater
Various artists
CD, Tiny Rig Records, 2000
 

This compilation of holiday songs features several artists who regularly played at the "Working Stiff Jamboree" held at Nashville's favorite dive bar—Springwater.

Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power contribute "Carol of the Bells." The CD includes tracks by The Cherry Blossoms and Lambchop.

» Available from Amazon.com and The Cherry Blossoms



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Dave Cloud Presents. . . Songs I Will Always Sing
Dave Cloud [with The Gospel of Power]
CD, Thee Swan Recording Company/Bloodsucker Records, 1999
 

Dave Cloud had been performing in Nashville music clubs for over 20 years before finally recording his first album in 1999. An international underground hit, Dave's debut includes the lo-fi classics "I'll Run the Jack on You," "Subliminal Face" and "Eight Miles High." Features Dave's band The Gospel of Power.

» Copies of this seminal debut CD are still available from Thee Swan Recording Company:

US$12.00 + shipping

Tracks:

  1. I'll Run the Jack on You (Cloud/Bach) Listen to an MP3 excerpt
  2. Subliminal Face (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Booker/Parton) Listen to an MP3 excerpt
  3. Fantastic Rage (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Booker/Swanson)
  4. I'm into Something Good (King/Goffin)
  5. Sleep All Day (Cloud/Bach/Booker/Swanson)
  6. Teenage Bossman (Cloud/Bach) Listen to an MP3 excerpt
  7. Eight Miles High (Clark/Crosby/McGuinn)
  8. It Ain't Nothing to Me (unknown)
  9. Green Fields (Cloud/Bach/Boling)
  10. Living in Your Love (Cloud/Bach/Booker/Friedman) Listen to an MP3 excerpt
  11. Wild One (Lowe/Mann/Appel)
  12. Lay, Lady, Lay (Bob Dylan)
  13. Sifu Bruce Lee (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Booker)
  14. Winter Winds (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Swanson)
  15. Geronimo (Cloud/Bach/Swanson)
  16. Moonage Daydream (David Bowie)
  17. When Everyone is Gone (Cloud/Crow/Bach)
  18. Our Love (Don't Throw it all Away) (Gibb/Weaver)
  19. Icy Cold Brew (Cloud/Bach/Boling/Booker)

The musicians:

Dave Cloud (guitars, vocals, piano, words)

featuring The Gospel of Power:
Matt Bach (bass, drums, guitars, Casio)
Brian Boling (horns)
Paul Booker (guitar)

and
Laurel Parton (drums on "Subliminal Face")
Dave Freidman (bass on "Living in Your Love")
Matt Swanson (Casio on "Fantastic Rage" and "Sleep All Day")
Tony Crow (programming on "Eight Miles High" and "When Everyone is Gone")
John Elliot (programming on "Geronimo")

Produced by Matt Swanson.

Eccentrically hooky and perversely seductive.

— Nashville Scene


The world might not be ready for it.

— Popshot.net


At once droning, dissonant, and strangely catchy.

— Nashville Scene


Cloud's sound alternates between revved-up garage band grind and a slack-stringed acoustic freestyle fumble. His laconic treatment of the Byrds' 'Eight Miles High' pulls the soaring electrified drug anthem back to earth with a thud and transforms it into a hymn for a hangover.

— The Wire
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