Announce Details of Debut, Self-Titled Album out May 19th on Constellation Records * Noise Pop Appearance and US Tourdates Begin This Month!
Devoted chroniclers of the Canadian music scene may already be hip to Clues, the musical project of Alden Penner and Brendan Reed, but now, after building a small cult following on their instrument-packed live shows and online music store villavillanola.com, the supergroup is ready for the next step. - Spin.com
This is the wondrous debut record from Clues. Co-founders Alden Penner and Brendan Reed have been quietly nurturing this project in Montreal since the demise of their respective bands, Unicorns and Les Angles Morts. As a member of the short-lived Unicorns, Penner's songwriting prowess was unveiled in a bright burst of mysterious and kaleidoscopic energy, in the form of a single full-length album (released in 2003) and countless live shows, both of which rallied passionate responses from audiences and critics alike.
Penner's voice, guitar and unique lyrical vision now guide Clues, with humble authority, originality and intent. Wedded to Reed's own superlative compositional and arranging acumen (and awesome drumming, among other instrumental skills) and abetted by multi-instrumentalists Ben Borden (Les Automates de Maxime de la Rochefoucauld), Lisa Gamble (Gambletron, Evangelista, Hrsta) and Nick Scribner (Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble), the band delivered sporadic and fantastic local performances through 2008. They then entered the Hotel2Tango studio to lay down eleven songs in a feverish session during a Montréal winter deep freeze. The resulting album radiates a very special warmth and urgency, full of secrets, smiles, snarls and sing-a-longs.
This debut record yields one undeniable tune after another. It is one of those albums that coheres effortlessly in spite of the restless energy and distinct identity of each song – nothing ever really sounds or stays the same, but neither are there any forced spastics or facile schizophrenics. Forged from postpunk, no-wave and psych influences, Clues compose a rare breed of complex pop anthems that consistently inscribe their own perfect limits, without overreaching and without pandering. The overriding aesthetic avoids ornate decadence and stringent economy in equal measure. An authentic, unfussy and stirringly epic little sonic world unfolds: idiosyncratic and enigmatic, but exuberantly infectious and approachable.
Clues offer up a highly original, intensely committed and hugely satisfying definition of indie rock; we are thrilled to be shepherding it into the fractured world of popular music and we believe it is deserving of your attention and engagement.
* Clues is available on CD in a custom gatefold cardstock package printed with metallic and full colour inks. The record is also available on 180 gram virgin vinyl LP and as a digital release.
02 Remember Severed Head
03 Approach The Throne
04 In The Dream
05 You Have My Eyes Now
06 Perfect Fit
08 Cave Mouth
11 Lets Get Strong
February 26 - Spaceland in Los Angeles, CA
February 27 - Howle and Sons Pizza and Beer Visalla, CA
February 28 - Rickshaw Shop San Francisco, CA (Noise Pop Festival)
March 1 - Sam Bonds Garage Eugene, OR
March 2 - Backspace Portland OR
March 3 - The Big Room Olympia, WA
March 4 - The Vera Project Seattle WA
March 5 – The Bitmore Cabaret Vancouver BC Canada
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