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The Gene Clark - No Other Tour
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
The Gene Clark - No Other Tour
Featuring members of FLEET FOXES, BEACH HOUSE, IAIN MATTHEWS, GRIZZLY BEAR, and THE WALKMEN
performing Gene Clark's No Other from beginning to end.
"How could a record this good, this gorgeous, this inspired exist for almost 20 years without you even having heard of it?" - Melody Maker 1995
"No Other I really consider is a great album myself, I'm very proud of it. But I was very disappointed and let down after its release that it didn't go any further than it did - and I don't even know all the reasons." - Gene Clark
Gene Clark was a founding member of the Byrds, one of the most influential bands of the 1960's. After leaving the Byrds, Gene Clark released numerous solo albums throughout the 60's,70's and 80's, before his death in 1991. Though we generally love all of his music, we are most infatuated with his 1974 record No Other. It feels like a special moment in Gene Clark's songwriting. At first, the overdone, studio nature of the album feels domineering; the electric violin, the female chorus, the bass riffs, the layered guitar sequences. However, with more listens, Gene Clark's very unique lyrics, voice and spirit become the central focus. It's one of the those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most. Every song is nuanced and amazing in its own way.
When No Other was released in September of 1974, it received a lot of bad reviews, most criticizing its studio excess. There was also a general lack of support from the label as they saw the record as not having any "hits." Ultimately, the album came to be seen as a critical and commercial failure. Therefore, a lot of people of its generation don't really know the record. Throughout the years since, many have dug the record up and fallen in love with it. We, Beach House, are certainly two of those people and we hope that the tour we are organizing to play the record live will spread the album even more.
The show will consist of the entire record, played note for note, as arranged, from start to finish. Gene Clark's lead parts will be sung by four singers that we admire very much: Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Iain Matthews of Plainsong/Fairport Convention, and Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen. To be able to play each part on the album, we are assembling a ten person band and chorus comprised of musicians we know in Baltimore, including members of Lower Dens, Wye Oak, Celebration, and Mt. Royal. We feel incredibly excited and lucky that we will working with such a stelar group of singers, friends, and musicians (listed below), without whose help, this complicated and unconventional tour would never be possible.
A special, No Other centric edit of Four Sons Productions' new documentary, "Gene Clark: the Byrd who Flew Alone," will precede the performance, providing some more insight into the story of the making of No Other.
DJ BLT, aka Brad Truax (Soldiers of Fortune, Black Mountain, Spiritualized), will open the night with a set of No Other related 70's music.