PRESS RELEASE: San Juan, Puerto Rico (July 3, 2013)

Axis Percussion artist David F. McCloskey has independently released a new album with his band TAVÚ, titled “Clamor Victorium, Clamor Silentii”. Apart from laying down some blistering drum tracks for the album, David also pulled double duty as producer for the album, as well as songwriter for a number of the songs.

“The new Tavú album has been a culmination of two years of arduous tracking and production work, and many years before that of meticulous songwriting,” David states.  “I am extraordinarily proud of both my drumming on the album and of the final product.  This is the heaviest, most technical, and yet most melodic collection of songs we have ever created. ‘Clamor Victorium, Clamor Silentii’ is a beast of a record.”
The album was mixed and mastered by legendary engineer, Leo Alvarez and includes a collaboration with award winning sound designer Cesar Dávila-Irizarry, known for composing the foreboding intro music for the TV show “AMERICAN HORROR STORY” on FX.

The album includes both English and Spanish, reflecting the multicultural background of the band.  “Living in Puerto Rico, we are exposed to a duality of influences from both our Latin American and Spaniard heritage, as well as from our time as a colony of the United States,” McCloskey explains.  “Being bilingual, we have a wider palette of lyrical expression to utilize for our songs, and we take this rather seriously.  We dedicate as much time and effort into our lyrics as we do to our music.”

“Clamor Victorium, Clamor Silentii”, which is Latin for “The cries of the defeated, the cries of the silent”, highlights how the victors of conflict write history, and how the voices of the defeated are lost, forgotten, or left unheard.

“This concept doesn’t limit itself to history,” David expresses. “The idea of a dominant personality overpowering a lesser one, of the powerful devouring the weak, is universal. It applies to history, religion, politics, and interpersonal relationships, for example.  ‘Clamor Victorium, Clamor Silentii’ opens a multifaceted window into this idea and elaborates it differently in every song.”

To accompany the release of “Clamor Victorium, Clamor Silentii”, Tavú has released a music video for the first hard-hitting single from the album, “Sin Miedo”.  “Sin Miedo”, which means “Without Fear” in Spanish, exposes one such window into the unique political oppression that has permeated Puerto Rico’s colonial history over the centuries, as well as emphasizes the need for empowerment to break the chains of apathy and fear associated with it.

“Sin Miedo” was filmed during TAVÚ’s live set on their opening for Municipal Waste on September 29, 2012 at La Respuesta, in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and was directed and edited by Alpheus Joseph.

Since their creation in 1996, TAVÚ has shared the stage with artists like ANTHRAX, KORN, MUNICIPAL WASTE, D.R.I., THE ABSENCE, FULL BLOWN CHAOS, SWASHBUCKLE, GOD FORBID, WALLS OF JERICHO, PUYA, ANKLA, and many more, as well as toured in Central America and the Caribbean.  “We have our eyes set on returning to countries we toured in years past, and we are also planning on touring in Spain, the US, and the rest of Latin America,” states McCloskey. “The sky is the limit.” “Clamor Victorium, Clamor Silentii” was released independently on June 1st, 2013, and is currently digitally on iTunes, Amazon.Mp3, Cd Baby and Bandcamp, as well as physically over Bandcamp and Cd Baby. All links are available at the band’s official website,
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