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Herman Dune is David Ivar’s musical project. It was started in 1998 in Paris, France. David is a French/Swedish citizen who began playing antifolk in Paris at a time when no DIY scene existed, let alone with songs performed in English. Herman Dune has toured the world since then, all over Europe and in 42 US states, sometimes sharing the stage with the likes of Jeffrey... See more
Herman Dune is David Ivar’s musical project. It was started in 1998 in Paris, France. David is a French/Swedish citizen who began playing antifolk in Paris at a time when no DIY scene existed, let alone with songs performed in English. Herman Dune has toured the world since then, all over Europe and in 42 US states, sometimes sharing the stage with the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Arcade Fire, Kimya Dawson, Adam Green, Jolie Holland, Turner Cody, and released albums (on EMI, Shrimper, Track&Field, City Slang, Everloving). David Ivar is also a visual artist, and as such has shown his work in galleries and institutions internationally... Sweet Thursday is the first new album by Herman Dune in 7 years... David Ivar - On writing the album: "Sweet Thursday" is the third volume of the Cannery Row trilogy by John Steinbeck. After leaving France in all kinds of clashes and hurries, I felt that in my new home in San Pedro, California, I had found my own Cannery Row. I moved to Santa Cruz Street, by the harbor, where life starts at 4AM. The nine songs of "Sweet Thursday" were recorded live with my band (Kyle McNeill & Lewis Pullman) and produced by myself and Kyle. It was then mixed by Adam Selzer (M.Ward, Langhorne Slim).” Now an Immigrant in California, I set up a studio in my back yard, gave up my phone, stopped touring and started working intensely on music and art. I also drove around the South Bay in my 1992 Toyota with its old cassette deck. Most songs on “Sweet Thursday” are inspired by this new life, and the doubts and fears of being an alien resident in the shift of the US during this current administration. At a recent show of Mike Watt & The Missing Men in a warehouse on the docks near my house, Mike shouted out to the audience, “Release your own stuff! Put out your own music!”. I felt like the King of the San Pedro Punk Scene was pointing at me to inspire me in my process of going back to doing things myself, my own label, my own everything! The album has strong visual themes to me and I decided to work with video artist Brett Sullivan of the NYC antifolk band American Anymen to help realize music videos for the entire album. I really dug his editing style in connection to music, so when he came up with the idea of a video campaign for “Sweet Thursday”, almost a movie, I really jumped on the idea and we got to work filming music videos about San Pedro that inspired the album so much. The full album “Sweet Thursday” is set to be released on MAY 17th.