Dave Cloud

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Dave Cloud
Birth name David Cloud
Born (1956-08-03) August 3, 1956 (age 57)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Garage rock, lo-fi, experimental rock, outsider music
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, storyteller, actor
Instruments vocals, guitar
Years active 1970s–present
Labels Fire
Associated acts Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power, The Psychotic Night Auditors
Website www.davecloud.com

Dave Cloud (born August 3, 1956) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, storyteller and occasional actor. Cloud is known primarily for his amusing, earthy concert performances, and garage rock recordings with his band The Gospel of Power.[1]


Dave Cloud came of age listening to rock and roll of the 1960s and early 1970s,[2] and learned to play guitar as a teenager.[3] Cloud first performed publicly in local Nashville record stores in the late 1970s.[2] After overcoming severe stage fright, he started to play solo shows in small Nashville clubs,[2] most notably the dive bar Springwater Supper Club & Lounge.[3][4] Around this time Cloud formed The Psychotic Night Auditors, a punk rock band so loud and obnoxious that they "cleared the room" at Springwater, prompting the club owner to ban the group "for life."[2][3]

During the 1980s, Cloud listened mainly to classical music[2] and directed his energies into "private tape experiments [that involved] overdubbing voices, guitars and other instruments."[3] Eventually Cloud was invited back to Springwater, where he would spend the next several years developing his performance style (including his signature "stage humping"[5] and "phantom kung fu"[4] antics) and a repertoire of original compositions, rock and pop covers, and occasional karaoke.[1] In the process he earned a reputation as Nashville's resident "garage rock lounge lizard extraordinaire."[4]

Since the mid-1990s, Cloud has been the leader and principal songwriter for Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power,[3] an experimental garage rock band that has recorded several lo-fi albums.[1] The band toured Europe in 2006 and 2008, and continues to play shows in the Nashville area.[1]

When not playing music, Cloud works as a volunteer book reader for visually impaired persons; since 1984 he has recorded thousands of hours of audio books and magazines for the Nashville Talking Library.[5] Cloud also has appeared in several films, music videos, television programs and advertisements.[1]

Musical style[edit]

The Nashville Scene described Dave Cloud's music as a "perverse cross between Neil Diamond and Tom Waits,"[6] that "translates a love of 60s and 70s rock and soul through the lens of punk and experimentation."[3] In its review of Cloud's 2006 album Napoleon of Temperance, The Sunday Times wrote, "Cloud's bellowed vocals, Beefheart-style beat poetry, hefty riffs and freestyle wig-outs achieve a transcendental psychedelic primitivism."[7]

The Gospel of Power[edit]

The Gospel of Power is the "loose congregation" of Nashville's veteran underground rock musicians that record and/or perform with Dave Cloud.[1] The fluctuating roster has included Matt Bach, Brian Boling, Paul Booker, Matt Button (Lone Official), Tony Crow (Lambchop, Silver Jews), Dave Friedman, Ben Martin (Lone Official, Clem Snide), Laurel Parton (Trauma Team), Steve Poulton and Matt Swanson (Clockhammer, My Dad Is Dead, Lambchop).[1]

Bassist Matt Swanson recorded and produced (or co-produced) Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power's first four albums using four-track equipment, and released the first two CDs on his own Thee Swan Recording Company label.[1][6] The band's most recent album, Practice in the Milky Way, was released in 2011 on the UK label Fire Records.[1] The band performs regularly in the Nashville area and has toured Europe twice. The current touring band members are: Dave Cloud (vocals, guitar), Matt Bach (guitar), Matt Swanson (bass) and Ben Martin (drums).[1]



  • Songs I Will Always Sing (1999, Thee Swan Recording Company/Bloodsucker Records)
  • All My Best (2004, Thee Swan Recording Company)
  • Napoleon of Temperance [2-CD compilation] (2006, Fire Records)
  • Pleasure Before Business (2008, Fire Records)
  • Practice in the Milky Way (2011, Fire Records)
  • Live at Gonerfest (2012, Fire Records)

(all with The Gospel of Power)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "You Don't Need Sex" (2007, Fire Records)
  • "Puff Rider" (Various Production remix) (2008, Fire Records)
  • "Fever" EP (2009, Fire Records)

(all with The Gospel of Power)

Other recordings[edit]

  • "Carol of the Bells" on A Working Stiff Christmas: 15 Years at Springwater (2000, Tiny Rig Records)
  • "All the Same" on Keep Mother, Vol. 2: C & D (2006, Fire Records)
  • "Lovely Rita" on Sgt. Pepper with a Little Help from His Friends (2007, MOJO Magazine)
  • "Take You Slow" on This is Ming Beat: A Tribute to Sexton Ming (2009, RIM Records)

(all with The Gospel of Power except "All the Same")

European tours[edit]

Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power twice have toured the UK and Norway.[1] Their first tour, in the spring of 2006, included shows at London's Scala (supporting the Silver Jews) and Norway's Bergenfest, where Cloud also served as artist in residence. While in London the band performed live on deXter Bentley's "Hello Goodbye" radio show, broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM.[1][8]

On their second European tour (spring 2008), Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power were the headline act for Bergenfest's "Indie Bonanza" finale. The band's concert at London's 12 Bar Club was rated "Critics' Choice" in Time Out.[1]

Notable collaborations[edit]

Nina Persson of the Cardigans contributed vocals to "Land of a Thousand Dances" on Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power's fourth album Pleasure Before Business (2008).[1]

In March 2008, after his own performance at Springwater in Nashville, Steve Mackay (saxophonist for The Stooges) joined Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power for two songs during their late-night, garage rock set.[1]

In early 2008 Norwegian folk group Storm Weather Shanty Choir invited Dave Cloud to record a vocal track for the traditional sea shanty "Drunken Sailor." The group originally released the song in June 2008 as a "B-side" single and later included it on its 2009 album Way Hey (And Away We'll Go).[1]

Film and TV appearances[edit]

Dave Cloud has appeared in two Harmony Korine films: Gummo (1997, uncredited) and Trash Humpers (2009); the premiere episode of the TV comedy show Travel Sick (2001); and the 2005 music video for Bobby Bare's song "Are You Sincere."[1] In spring 2008 Cloud was featured in a TV, billboard and print ad campaign for Budweiser beer in the UK.[9]

Recognition and awards[edit]

In 2004 Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power were nominated for a Nashville Scene Music Award in the Rock/Experimental category.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Official Dave Cloud Web site
  2. ^ a b c d e "deXter Bentley's 'Hello Goodbye' show", radio interview broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM (UK), 10 May 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "The Gospel of Power's Musical Mission" by David Maddox, Nashville Scene, 27 Oct 2004. Retrieved on 2008-07-15.
  4. ^ a b c "Puff Rider" by Phil Hebblethwaite, The Stool Pigeon, May 2008. Retrieved on 2008-07-23.
  5. ^ a b "Interview with Dave Cloud" by Ann Lee, The Stool Pigeon, June 2006.
  6. ^ a b "The Gospel Truth; Dave Cloud is an American original" by Heather Nelson, Nashville Scene, 2 Dec 1999. Retrieved on 2008-07-15.
  7. ^ "Dave Cloud & The Gospel of Power: Napoleon of Temperance" [CD Review] by Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times, 25 June 2006.
  8. ^ "deXter Bentley's 'Hello Goodbye' show", radio performance and interview broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM (UK), 22 Apr 2006. Retrieved on 2008-07-15.
  9. ^ "Legendary Nashville musician Dave Cloud inspires new Bud TV ad" in FAMEmagazine.co.uk. 29 Apr 2008. Retrieved on 2008-07-15.
  10. ^ "Nashville Scene Music Awards—Nominees (Rock/Experimental category)" in Nashville Scene, 12 Aug 2004. Retrieved on 2008-07-15.

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