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Rock infused Americana with a bohemian heart from Austin's punk rock bred classically trained composer, David Diers. It’s like Paul Westerberg and the Arcade Fire met at the London Calling sessions and finished a third disc. David is a high tenor and a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, sitar, tabla. He studied with pulitzer prize winner Kevin Puts and master sitarist, Steven Slawek a disciple of Ravi Shankar and has shared the stage with members of Breaking Benjamin, Lifer and Waylon Speed. His first E.P., Heart of Steele, was called “the definition of eclectic’ and features 6 tracks for rock band and chamber ensemble.
David is a performer and songwriter with deep and eclectic roots. As a teenager he played in punk rock and prog-metal groups in central Pennsylvania sharing the stage or in bands with future members of Breaking Benjamin, Waylon Speed, and Lifer. His love of music brought him to a formal study of music resulting in a Master’s degree in music composition from UT Austin where he studied with Pulitzer prize winner Kevin Puts and master orchestrator Donald Grantham. Throughout his life he has studied and played numerous musical styles from rock to jazz to bluegrass to West African drumming, Javanese and Balinese gamelan, and eleven years of sitar and tabla under the tutelage of master sitar player, Stephen Slawek, himself a disciple of Ravi Shankar. Rather than directly quoting any of these styles, David’s music blends their influences together in subtle ways in his rock, folk, and americana songwriting.
David’s first official release, “Heart of Steele”, is punk rock attitude fired like buckshot into a concert shell. This six song E.P. melds guitar, bass, and drums with violin, cello, and flute--it’s a combination that brings his roots face-to-face with his education. The result is both raw and refined - complex motivic development and musical form exploration work against manic drum fills, raucous strumming, and breakneck bass lines. The title track salutes David’s grandfather Steele, a man who left home without looking back after his own father demonstrated his thoughts on a musical career by smashing his son’s violin over his knee. “Antonio Banderas” is a comedic take on Hollywood crushes, and “Drinking for Catherine” is a musical poem influenced by the work of poet Catherine Pierce. Other songs touch on talking blues styles, alternative rock, and a reggae ballad of love lost in “Followed you So Far”.
David is on the long journey to become the ghost of Rock ‘n Roll’s future, the third ghost, the one that wakes Rock up in a cold sweat with a promise on its lips to do better by all of us. Come on and join him, it’s going to be one hell of a trip!