289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Clinic formed over easter in Liverpool '97. First single 'IPC subeditors dictate our youth' appeared that October, on their own Aladdin's Cave of Golf label. As an opener it set the stall out for how their unique sound would progress; pounding rhythms, heavily distorted organ and intense vocals, a cryptic mix of surf punk with a mutant house beat. The single was top ten in John Peel's festive fifty and ironically in both NME and Melody Maker. In an indie sense, the band had arrived (despite their ambitions lying elsewhere).
After two more Aladdin's releases (both voodoo based), Clinic signed with Domino in '99 and set about constructing the extreme dementia and peace that would become 'Internal Wrangler'. Their first album proper, 'Wrangler' easily delivered on the promise of the early singles, sounding like nothing else extant, your planet or mine. A London NME astoria show followed, with the band in full Pearly King gear playing to an appreciative audience. A true celebration of the capital.
The second long player 'Walking With Thee' came in 2002. A much spacier take on their sound but still containing the fuzzed organ freak out of the title track. Surreally and deservedly, the album was nominated for a grammy, through a year of growing intrigue in America. This included the genuinely disgraceful and captivating Beatlesesque appearance on the David Letterman show. Not for the faint hearted.
After a spate of living dangerously in '03/'04 'Winchester Cathedral' began to take shape. A dense mass of psyche and senseless music hall, it was Clinic doing what they do best - ignoring the tenets and trends of the music industry. It was a British triumph, borne out of several joyous rural events and circus happenings.
October 2006 saw the release of a new record, 'Visitations'. 'Funf', a compilation of b-sides from the last ten years was released in June 2007. This was followed by a new album 'Do It!' in April 2008.
Clinic's new album 'Bubblegum', is released on Monday the 4th of October 2010, preceded by a beautiful new single 'I'm Aware' out September the 20th.
There's something to be said for a band that can cleverly hide their technically wizardry in a bed of incredible songwriting. Grooms, formerly Muggabears, are able to pack dense harmonies and polyrhythms into their sound, while keeping things in a concise post-pop package that leaves room for electronic tinkering. MVRemix lauded their 2011 EP Prom, saying, "There’s nothing on this CD I would subtract, no filler." Fans of Cibo Matto, Happy Apple, Sonic Youth and Deerhunter should definitely give them a listen.