New Music : The Clientele

April 24, 2007 by
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I’ve found more often than not a band’s own perception of what they sound like is more rooted in what they “want” to sound like as opposed to what they really sound like. There’s the exception to every rule and I think Alasdair Maclean of the Clientele pretty much nails it when he sums up his band’s new record thusly :

“The band are setting free their inner Monkees; a lovely blend of Big Star
twisted power-pop and country achin’, with flashes of the Beatles at their most
joyful and upbeat. The ghosts, half-light and uncertainties remain, but I sense
a new found optimism in the music.”

I’ll admit to never having even heard of The Clientele before this ,their third record, but that blurb picqued my interest. God Save The Clientele is a breezy joyful pop record that is the perfect accompaniment to spring days full of sunshine. Gently picked and softly strummed acoustic guitars mix with piano, violin,pedal steel and slide guitar to create spacious almost orchestral sounding arrangements. Fans of bands like the Pernice Brothers or Midlake will thoroughly enjoy this record. It’s steeped deep in influence while forging it’s own sound and they’re not afraid to wear it on their sleeve either, Isn’t Life Strange seems to pay homage to the Moody Blues song of the same name while Bookshop Casanova reworks lyric snippets from the Beatles B-Side You Know My Name (Look up the Number) into a completly new song.

The album was Recorded in Nashville with producer Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Calexico, Silver Jews) and has a US release date of May 8th on Merge records.

The band is currently in the midst of a US / Canadian tour, be sure to catch them when they come through your town.

The Clientele is :
Alasdair Maclean
James Hornsey
Mark Keen
Mel Draisey

MP3: The Clientele – Here Comes the Phantom
MP3: The Clientele – The Dance of the Hours

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Upcoming The Clientele Tour Dates
05.06.2007 Hoboken NJ Maxwell’s
05.07.2007 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda’s
05.08.2007 Washington Black Cat
05.09.2007 Charlottesville VA Satellite Ballroom
05.10.2007 Carrboro NC Cat’s Cradle
05.11.2007 Charleston SC Map Room
05.12.2007 Atlanta GA The Earl w/ Beach House
05.13.2007 Nashville TN The Basement w/ Beach House
05.14.2007 Memphis TN Hi Tone w/ Beach House
05.16.2007 Baton Rouge LA Spanish Moon w/ Beach House
05.17.2007 Houston TX Walter’s on Washington w/ Beach House
05.18.2007 Denton TX Hailey’s w/ Beach House
05.19.2007 Austin TX Emo’s Lounge w/ Beach House
05.21.2007 Tempe AZ Modified w/ Beach House
05.22.2007 San Diego CA Casbah w/ Beach House
05.24.2007 Los Angeles CA Knitting Factory w/ Beach House
05.25.2007 Visalia CA Howie & Son’s Pizza & Beer Parlor w/ Beach House
05.26.2007 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall w/ Beach House
05.27.2007 Portland OR Doug Fir w/ Beach House
05.28.2007 Seattle WA Crocodile Cafe w/ Beach House
05.31.2007 Minneapolis MN 400 Bar w/ Beach House
06.01.2007 Madison WI High Noon w/ Beach House
06.02.2007 Chicago IL Subterranean w/ Beach House
06.03.2007 Detroit MI Magic Stick w/ Beach House
06.04.2007 Toronto ON El Mocambo
06.06.2007 Montreal QC Club Lambi w/ Beach House
06.08.2007 New York NY Bowery Ballroom w/ Beach House
06.09.2007 Boston MA Museum of Fine Arts w/ Beach House


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