Music — Hog’s Trough presents Dave Clark and Caroline Gulde

A little bit femme, a little bit rock Hog’s Trough presents Dave Clark and Caroline Gulde

By Seth Hoy

Much like Sears, the Hog’s Trough Saloon has a softer side. 

Once more accustomed to classic ’80s rock bands and spilled beer, the Hog’s Trough is getting loud and sassy with sex kitten Caroline Gulde and classic rocker David Clark on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. The show is part of the venue’s  Rock 101 WGIR-FM concert series.

A little bit femme-pop

If Avril Lavigne and Caroline Gulde were in a knock-down, drag-out hair-pulling girl fight, I would put my money on Gulde purely based on the sass factor. A 22-year-old fem-rocker out of Chelmsford, Mass., Gulde describes herself with her very own made-up word — Artiva. (For those who aren’t too keen with the subtle, that’s one part artist and one part diva)

“That’s a term I came up with myself,” Gulde said. “I was trying to find a word that described both my music and who I am as a person. I’m not either one of those — I’m both. Part of me has the integrity and respect of an artist who writes all their own material and the diva part, well, that’s my desire to become a great performer.”

Gulde describes her music as edgy, “hooky” rock and even goes so far as to use her name as a category of music, which you have to respect her for.

“My music has an edge that is totally Caroline,” Gulde said. “It’s hooky in the sense that it’s catchy and appeals to the masses and yet isn’t trite. We’ve created great original material that still has wide appeal.”

For those who don’t know what the noun “Caroline” means, it’s a combination of hard rock and pensive singer/songwriter songs. For example, her high-energy song “Come On With Me” is more angry rock, while “Tired Again” is so melancholy and Lisa Loeb-esque that I want to go out and buy a pair of those smart dark-rimmed glasses.

While Gulde looks up to such musicians as John Mayer, David Gray, Eva Cassidy and Joni Mitchell for their strong song-writing abilities, she often gets compared to Alanis Morissette, Vanessa Carlton and Avril Lavigne.

“They are strong women who sing about experiences other women can relate to,” Gulde said. “Whether it’s love, betrayal or insecurity — I’ve experienced them all. I pour a lot of emotion into my songs.”

Gulde and her posse will be playing songs off her new EP, Best of Me (Tainted Blue Records, 2004) — an album that Gulde said literally represented the best of her. Her posse includes Jeremy Harris on guitar and keyboard, Tom Arey on drums, Tom Lada on bass, Justin Piper on guitar and Katie Rey on background vocals. This marks her second show at the Hog’s Trough Saloon.

So, why you should you go see her?

“Because damnit I’m cute,” Gulde said. “Because it’s going to kick ass. The scene is totally rough around the edges but that’s what makes it so fun. I’m not that hardcore, but a lot of my stuff is harder which people really dig. It’s going to be a great night of rock — that’s R-A-W-K.”

A little bit rock ‘n roll

Even though he’ll try and deny it, Dave Clark wanted to be Eddie Van Halen as a teenager. With big guitar riffs and even bigger hair, how could you not want to be a rock star in the ’70s?

Playing solo acoustic gigs for the past four years, Dave Clark finally has a band of his own — David Clark and the Lost Soul. Clark claims not to have been in an original band in 10 years. Not since a band called Little Accident out of Manchester in the early ’90s has Clark rocked out with a full original band.

“We play melodic rock ‘n’ roll,” Clark said, “with big harmonies and big guitars. It’s modern rock with an old-school flavor, you know? We play ballads which are kind of heartfelt and tunes anyone can relate to. It’s rock ‘n roll that makes you want to sing along.”

Often compared to bands like Tonic, Vertical Horizon and Live, Clark believes people respond to his melodic vocals and harmonies. He promises to sing to you rather than scream and play big flying chords instead of the typical metal riffs on the guitar.

“So many bands out there are doing the new metal sound thing,” Clark said. “And it’s either singer/songwriter or hardcore metal — neither of which I’m trying to be. I’m trying to cruise through the middle. I’m a singer/songwriter with big guitar sounds. There’s not enough rock ‘n roll anymore, it’s either pop or metal.”

Clark writes all of his lyrics, which are about personal situations he’s seen people go through — people including himself. His 2004 self-released EP Changes features a song about the death of his father and other changes in his life — being single and getting married.

Together with bandmates Dustin Shelly on bass/vocals, Craig Tramack on drums/vocals and temporary guitarist, Jim Smith, who plays with Vegas Temper, Dave Clark and the Lost Soul plans on rocking out to a packed crowd. According to Clark, they’d better be ready to sing. 

“I have a huge following of people who went to all my acoustic gigs,” Clark said, “so everyone’s really hyped to see the show. It’s going to be a big deal and I’m hoping to have a really big night. Caroline Gulde will be playing and the Heartless Kings — it’s going to be awesome.”

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— Seth Hoy

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