I just made it into work from the sheet of ice that is Capitol Hill (where I live) to work (usually a 30 minute walk turned into 70 minute bus commute). I'm cold and still cautiously walking stiff (black ice is everywhere!).
But, I'm thawing with excitement. Clinic, my favorite band from Liverpool, has just announced the release of their fifth album and they are going to tour the US! The new album is named Do It! and will be released on April 8th on Domino Records. Some know Clinic as the band who strictly don hospital scrubs on stage, but I love them for their discordant guitar harmonies, thick relentless bass lines, and vocals that seethe with urgency. The end result is a beautiful mixture that is exotic, striking and dark.
Here's more scoopage and good FREE SINGLE news:
Recorded by Clinic in their Liverpool studio and mixed by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Archie Bronson Outfit), the eleven song collection on Do It! sees Clinic return with an energized and increasingly psych-rock influenced sound. Tracks range from the Henry Flynt and John Denver laced acoustic "Tomorrow" to the tango rhythm of "High Coin", the dance-floor groover "The Witch (Made to Measure)" to the mellow lounge feeling "Free Not Free", the raw, free-form punk of "Shopping Bag" to the spaced-out closer "Coda". Retaining Clinic's distinct sonic fingerprint, Do It! is a warped pop amalgam filled with songs about living for the day, love, escaping witch hunts and more.
Do It! will be preceded by a free single "Free Not Free"/"Thor" available for download with artwork from the Clinic website, clinicvoot.org, on February 1st.
Do It! Tracklisting:
3. The Witch (Made to Measure)
4. Free Not Free
5. Shopping Bag
6. Corpus Christi
8. High Coin
9. Mary & Eddie
10. Winged Wheel
Thursday, May 8th – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Friday, May 9th – Boston, MA @ Paradise
Saturday, May 10th – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
Sunday, May 11th – Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
Monday, May 12th – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Tuesday, May 13th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Friday, May 16th – Vancouver, BC @ Richards
Saturday, May 17th – Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
Sunday, May 18th – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Monday, May 19th – San Francisco, CA @ Independent
Tuesday, May 20th – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Friday, May 23rd – Austin, TX @ Emo's
Saturday, May 24th – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
Sunday, May 25th – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Monday, May 26th – Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat's Cradle
Tuesday, May 27th – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
Wednesday, May 28th – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat
Thursday, May 29th – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Friday, May 30th – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Saturday, May 31st – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
I will now watch this Clinic video for a song from their 2007 album, Visitations, entitled "If You Could Read Your Mind" five times to celebrate (and thaw out some more).