Dave Pirner

Full Name David Anthony Pirner
Birthdate April 16th, 1964
Birthplace Minneapolis, Minnesota
Position Frontman; lead vocalist, guitarist
Instruments played 1982 Fender Telecaster, acoustic guitar, saxophone, trumpet, harmonica, piano, drums, kazoo
Duration in band 1983–present


  • Wrote a song entitled Soul Asylum (not the one on Time's Incinerator) which came from a dream he had. Nobody in the band (then Loud Fast Rules) liked it, but they liked the title and took that as their new name.
  • His entry into music was in the third grade playing trumpet for the school band.
  • The first band he was in was called "The Schitz", a punk rock band which he sang and played guitar.
  • Originally started out as drummer for Loud Fast Rules.
  • Was in a shortlived supergroup, The O'Jeez; which also featured Kraig Jarret Johnson and Jessy Greene.
  • Lived in New Orleans for 17 years, where he recorded his solo album Faces & Names.
  • Sang Black Star with Minneapolis songwriter Wain McFairlane on his 2001 album That Was Then This Is Now (which also incuded Wain singing Dave's solo song I'll Have My Day).
  • Did the score to the 1997 film Chasing Amy.
  • Is a good friend of actor/director Kevin Smith.
  • Once dated actress Winona Ryder (who also starred in the Without A Trace music video).
  • Has a small part in the 1994 movie Reality Bites (starring Winona Ryder), where he plays the character Phineas.
  • Played hockey in grade and high school.
  • Lent his voice as Paul McCartney's for the 1994 movie Backbeat.
  • Released a book on March 17, 2020 entitled, Loud Fast Words: Soul Asylum Collected Lyrics which contains almost all of his Soul Asylum lyrics which have been released up to 2020's Hurry Up and Wait.