News

Wednesday, January 9 2008

Happy New Year

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Luminaire show on the 8th January. It was enormously fun, not least because the Luminaire is so relaxing and cool to play in and the sound is so good. It’s surprising to find a London venue which genuinely seems to put care and consideration into the experience of playing and watching live music.

Don’t worry I’m sure we’ll be back playing in a concrete-walled tinnitus-hole with simian-browed soundmen, sticky floors and unspeakable toilets soon. Oh yeah, and aside from that we are playing the Buffalo Bar in Highbury on the 25th January.

Love (and kisses)

xx

The Clientele

 

Wednesday, February 6 2008

Nothing will come of nothing

Some new shows and a rare visit to Germany now detailed in the shows section. Should be more confirmed soon. Other than that not much going on. We’re about to start making a new EP, but telling you about it now would spoil everything. Check back soon!

Tuesday, March 4 2008

Clientele forum opens

The first ever Clientele forum is now open; it’s run by people independent of the band, but band members will probably be flitting in and out to answer any questions about guitars, chords, songs, drums, the good old days, the future, tour stories, florentine renaissance medallions, slap bass techniques, mel’s pesto recipes, or anything else that you may want to know. You can also talk among yourselves, as long as you do so standing to attention, with a look of groveling servitude on your faces. In any case, it’s here. www.theclienteleforum.co.uk

More news soon!

 

Monday, March 31 2008

Hamburg!

We recently heard that beat bands often play extended R&B sets in the notorious Prinzenbar district, so will be polishing off some R. Kelly covers next weekend.  Please come along, Mel will speak German. mein grossvater ist ein schildkrote

05 Apr 2008 Prinzenbar Hamburg, Germany

8pm 8 Euros / 10 Euros
Tickets available here

with The Most Wanted Men + Adventure Playground DJs

Monday, April 21 2008

New E.P. / Bookshop Casanova European release

Bookshop Casanova, our US summer single for 2007, looks set to get a summer 2008 release for the UK and Europe. It will be digital only I’m afraid but you can download exclusive track Girl From Somewhere and our cover of Television’s "The Fire" as part of the package. There is also a nice graphic of an Owl sculpture from New Mexico as the cover, which is currently behind glass in the spooky Victorian-style Pitt-Rivers Museum in Oxford. Download details when we get them.

Oh yeah, almost forgot, there is an all-new Clientele E.P. coming up too, the first recordings we’ve made since God Save the Clientele. It will be released byAcuarela Records of Madrid (the third E.P. we’ve done with them and the last part of a trilogy). We’ve always used our Acuarela E.P.s to stretch out a little bit between albums and create a kind of a through-the-looking glass version of the Clientele, and this will be no exception, but this time with the poppiest songs we’ve ever recorded. More details when we finish and send off the tapes! 

 

Friday, May 16 2008

New EP and Spanish Tour

There is an all-new Clientele E.P. coming up, the first recordings we’ve made since God Save the Clientele. It will be released by Acuarela Records of Madrid (the third E.P. we’ve done with them and the last part of a trilogy). We’ve always used our Acuarela E.P.s to stretch out a little bit between albums and create a kind of a through-the-looking glass version of the Clientele, and this will be no exception, but this time with the catchiest songs we’ve ever recorded. The title of the E.P. is "That night a Forest Grew". See shows section for a supporting Spanish tour, including a visit to Primavera Sound.

Bookshop Casanova, our US summer single for 2007, looks set to get a summer 2008 release for the UK and Europe. It will be digital only I’m afraid but you can download exclusive track Girl From Somewhere and our cover of Television’s "The Fire" as part of the package. There is also a nice graphic of an Owl sculpture from New Mexico as the cover, which is currently behind glass in the spooky Victorian-style Pitt-Rivers Museum in Oxford. Download details when we get them. 

 

Friday, July 25 2008

That night, a Boris grew

Important: to anyone planning to come to our show at Zaragoza, the Expo 2008 website says we are playing on the 8th; this is true, but in fact it’s at 00:30 on the morning of the 8th, i.e. pretty much on the night of the 7th. Does that make sense? hope so

Hello folks, some bits and pieces of summer news to cover the wait while we chisel away at the song structures bound for the next Clientele long player; and not least, while we defy the fascist nanny oligarch so-called mayor of so-called London Boris Johnson’s ban on drinking on public transport.

‘That Night A Forest Grew EP’ should be out and about this week on Acuarela Records of Spain! catch it while you can, as it will probably be a limited run; among other places, you can order it in the US here and in the UK/Europe here

Details of a London show and our exciting walk-on part in Expo Zaragoza 2008 in the tour dates section.

And thank you to the organisers and all the people we met at the Rip It Up, SONAR, and Tanned Tin Festivals by the way - all very different (types of hangover) but a lot of fun. It’s beautiful when the entire audience sings along with you word for word, in Swedish accents!

 

Tuesday, August 12 2008

Country Music for Keith Girdler

“Breathe in Now”, a previously unheard outtake from Strange Geometry, is now available on the Country Music for Keith Girdler CD, a tribute to the late Keith Girdler of Blueboy. This is a great compilation, also featuring Louis Philippe, Club 8, Biff Bang Pow, The Times, and the Trembling Blue Stars as well as many others. All profits go to the hospice in Hove where Keith spent his last days.

In other news, apologies to anyone who missed us at Expo Zaragoza; an earlier accident involving a sound technician caused our performance there to be cancelled. It was moved at the last minute to a bar in town, but apologies if you were there and didn’t get the details in time, there was very little we could do.

Still waiting for details on the new EP release date. It will be posted when we are told more (or indeed, anything).  

  

Thursday, August 21 2008

New EP now available

Our new EP is now available in CD form from Darla in the US and Norman Records, amongst others, for Europe, you can also download it here (www.emusic.com).

“This is the third, and last, of a trilogy of E.P.s the Clientele have recorded for Acuarela. They have always used the Acuarela E.P.s as a way to stretch out between albums, to create a through-the-looking-glass version of the band that shadows the better-known history of their albums. ‘Ariadne’ experimented with drones and minimalism, ‘The Lost Weekend’ stretched the foggy sound of their debut to epic proportions. In contrast “That Night, a Forest Grew’ is the most commercial and -shockingly- danceable thing they’ve ever recorded. Part Bacharach, part Television, part Orange Juice, the E.P. shares the pristine clarity, light and shade of ‘God Save the Clientele’, but adds a new element of summer pop perfection. This is The Clientele as a hazily remembered 1970s cartoon series, all distanced off-key colours; imaginary summer hits, radio waves beamed in from a dream-discotheque.”

“Dark and slightly sinister, the title track envelopes the protagonist and his negotiation of unfamiliar settings both likely real (a London fog) and possibly imagined (the forest of the title), locating sides of suburban England that the group had yet to articulate. All in all, it’s another charming and fully satisfying release from one of the world’s more unsung and quietly wonderful bands.”  - Pitchforkmedia.com