When I spoke to Clinic's main man, Ade Blackburn, around the time of this quietly psychotic debut album from 2000, his name-dropping was abnormally recherché: hot favorites included Crime, the Californian cop-dressed punks, and doo-wop group the Penguins. In actuality, the ghosts of Phil Spector, the Velvet Underground, the 13th Floor Elevators and Pixies (the unsettling bits that Kurt Cobain left behind) swept variously through the band's spooky sound at the time — "record-collection rock" comes no hipper than Internal Wrangler. Far from lame referencing, though, the lab-coat-wearing Liverpudlian quartet here translated their fanaticism into a brilliantly singular breed of garage rock. In their armory: twangin 'guitar, a '60s Phillips organ sound so thick you could fill your sandwich with it (see "The Second Line"), plus even further-flung relics such as harmonium, harpsichord, pocket clarinet and "psychedelic box," which provides the weird vibrato effect on the title track. Post-Britpop, such invention was just what the doctor ordered.
By Ashley Melzer on 11.26.13 in Reviews
Shearwater albums normally arrive bearing heavy conceptual freight. Their self-described trilogy, which spanned from 2006's Palo Santo to 2010's The Golden Archipelago, explored the physical and metaphysical aspects of t...
By Andrew Parks on 11.13.12 in Reviews
When Clinic first burst onto the midstream rock scene with Internal Wrangler and Walking with Thee sporting surgical masks, they looked like a bloodthirsty gang of Dr. Giggles understudies who'd formed a garage band. Now...
By Andrew Perry on 04.22.11 in Reviews
For ten years now, Clinic have been chipping away at their own mentally unstable breed of garage psychedelia, oblivious to its relative trendiness at any given time and seemingly even less hassled by any woolly muso noti...
By Marc Hogan on 02.27.15 in News
The music will keep playing without commercial interruption. For now. On Thursday, the U.S. telecom watchdog voted to adopt tougher rules that would treat broadband internet service as a public utility, like landline...