Nobody says Todd Clouser doesn¹t think outside of the box.
His journey began in Minnesota with rock ¹n¹ roll and took him to the
Berklee School of Music with avant-garde gard then Baja, Mexico with jazz
and finally to Mexico City with, let¹s just call it, A Love Electric.
The band A Love Electric this week makes its fourth swing through Tahoe and
two of its intimate venues, the Divided Sky in Meyers and Moody¹ºº Bistro &
Lounge in Truckee.
³Todd and his group are one of the best bands to ever play at Moody’s
Bistro,² Moody’s owner JJ Morgan said.
The most recent visit featured songs from the album ³20th Century Folk,² a
melange of minor chords from Lou Reed¹s ³Heroin,² Nirvana¹s ³All Apologies²
and the theme song from ³Weeds,² ³Little Boxes.² This time the new album is
³The Naked Beat,² which has a cover photo that reveals metamorphosis ‹
that¹s Clouser¹s bent. Previously the music was all instrumental. Now
³We¹ve always been very liberal with how we express and not putting any
limits on that,² he said. ³We¹re very inquisitive people. We sort of rebel
against what we¹ve already done.²
His voice? Well, it doesn¹t sound like Harry Belafonte¹s, and maybe that¹s
the point. It¹s delivered with a passionate urgency, which might describe
the whole band.
Clouser¹s apartment is upstairs from bassist Aaron Cruz, a Mexico City
native son. Drummer Hernan Hecht, who is from Argentina, lives down the
³Mexico City is an amazingly vibrant place,² Clouser said. ³It is
fascinating and somewhat chaotic but, in a way, it¹s inspiring
³We¹re really close as friends and musicians and artists in the way we are
Communicating right now. There¹is a powerful statement being made. We were
all able to communicate easily and we have all this energy, this drive.²
A Love Electric fans aren¹t developed from following a specific musical
style and Clouser said that might limit commercial success. However, ³when
we do connect with people it can be in a really profound manner.²