Known also as core members of improvising supergroup Coloring Time, as well as comprising the powerhouse rhythm section of funkified techno outfit James Patrick Plays, Jon Davis (bass & reeds), John Keston (keyboards & electronics) and Graham O’Brien (drums) are DKO.
Having distinguished themselves with epic multimedia performances at Northern Spark Festival (Battle of Everyouth @ Minneapolis Institute of Art in 2011, Teleportation Platform X @ Union Depot in 2013) and Weisman Art Museum’s WAM@20, the trio generates intricate, groove-driven compositions from scratch (often for hours at a time) with little or no discussion or planning (or breaks!).
Each member of DKO has assimilated a variety of musical styles on their respective instruments, performing over the years with many well-known artists in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. Working together in the open water of spontaneous composition, however, these three are at their best. Whether plotting new courses over seas well-travelled, or plunging headlong into uncharted waters, DKO never forget to bring the deeply evolved grooves and sublime modalism that is their signature.
Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric
An explosive trio of three nationalities, A Love Electric, hailed as the tomorrow of creative rock by Mexico City’s leading newspaper, La Jornada, performs at some of the world’s finest rock festivals, jazz clubs, and cultural landmarks. Led by guitarist and vocalist Todd Clouser, a voice recognized as at the forefront of a new generation of post genre artists, A Love Electric carries the sonic legacies of psychedelic rock, New York City’s downtown scene, and introspective song into new territories. Having performed over 150 concerts in 2013 across three continents, ALE has gained praise from critics and fans of rock, jazz, and experimental musics alike.
A Love Electric is Todd Clouser (guitar and vocals), Aaron Cruz (bass), and Hernan Hecht (drums). The three musicians have performed with Steven Bernstein, Anton Fier, Billy Martin, Cyro Baptista, members of Dire Straits, Keb Mo, Tim Berne, Ely Guerra, and more. In three years of aggressive touring throughout the United States, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Mexico, and Argentina, A Love Electric have documented their evolution into multinational creative rock supergroup on three records from Brooklyn, NY’s The Royal Potato Family and a solo Clouser album released on drummer Billy Martin’s label, Amulet Records.
“It is probably impossible to find a band filled with people as nice as the ones that play in batteryboy. Frontman Cobey Rouse seems eternally surprised that anyone is taking an interest in the little band he started — this was, after all, a dream he walked away from eleven years ago.” [Natalie Gallagher, City Pages]
There he was, this musically lucked child of a once-priest and a near-nun, 12 years old and piled high with a Radio Shack combo stereo, stacks of records, and pockets full of dubbed tapes. It was 1984 and Martin Dosh was orchestrating the soundtracks to his junior high school dances, playing only the choice cuts for the budding romantics and perspiring wallflowers: Run DMC, Prince, Devo, the Cars, New Order…