When singer Blythe Gruda and I met in rehearsals for Kate Loves Bryan, the Kate Bush/Roxy Music double cover band (that’s playing, by the way, at Bowery Electric on Saturday Nov 22), we knew at once that new imaginary land could be won by uniting her white light with my trembling questing. A spark arced in the dark, spelling Blythe Sword in candleflame: ballads on piano in scarlet, funereal black and brooding blues, gently etched with electronic textures at the edges. Comparisons to Portishead, Dead Can Dance, and other things like that will inevitably be made, but none will be quite accurate.
Come see what it is for yourself. We’re debuting on Saturday December 13 at Cameo Gallery, 93 North 6th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (L Bedford stop). Joining us that night, and also debuting, are our friends the Anderson Family Singers Featuring David Driver, and our favorite DJ Marmon. DO NOT MISS or I will be sad and pout at you. Tickets are available here .
If you positively demand a sort of preview before coming, here are some snippets of our rehearsals.
BLYTHE GRUDA and her expressive, versatile four-octave voice have already hit both The Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall stages several times, most notably performing, recording and touring the American and UK Premieres of Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulveus’s Pop Opera, Kristina. She also starred as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar in several productions around the world. She enjoys traipsing with her entourage of composers, visual artists, educators, mad scientists and friends across Tuscan hillsides, in various Cathedrals, in elegant and eclectic rooms, in the woods, in various types of parlours dressed in gowns and outrageous costumes, as comfortably accompanied by Symphony Orchestras as by thrash guitarists or a single bass clarinet. She rocks the mic regularly with The Losers Lounge, her RUSH Tribute band The Rush Project, Kate Loves Bryan, and other projects.
ANTON SWORD you already know. He is me.
THE ANDERSON FAMILY SINGERS
FEATURING DAVID DRIVER
This evening marks the world debut of an exciting and inspiring new musical project known simply as The Anderson Family Singers Featuring David Driver. Its members are Chris Anderson and David Driver.
CHRIS ANDERSON has been delighting, confusing and disappointing audiences for nearly 21 years. He has fooled enough people to land composing jobs with ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ ‘The Heart She Holler,’ ‘Delocated’ and ‘Wonder Showzen,’ as well as “band member” status with Tragedy: the #1 All Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Muckafurgason. This is his 11th Artistic Venture with David Driver since the pair realized each other existed.
DAVID DRIVER has toured the US, Europe and the Middle East with Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Debbie Harry, Richard Butler, and Roy Nathanson & The Jazz Passengers, among others, and was in the original Broadway cast of the musical ‘Rent.’ He’s released music with his bands Lux Rd., Driver Quartet, Meow, and Phillips&Driver, and been featured on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and The David Letterman Show. He owns a t-shirt with Chris Anderson’s face on it, which he only washes by hand.
This evening’s performance will feature classics from The Great American Songbook, some Notable Contemporary Pop Songs, and some material composed specifically for this event.