We’ve got some lovely Clues prizes to give away, courtesy of those smashing Foggy Notions people. Top prize is the Clues album on CD, a tour only 7″ (limited to 500, and only available on this tour), a t-shirt & a ticket to Thursday’s gig Upstairs in Whelans. Two other lucky persons will receive a copy of the Clues CD, plus a ticket to the gig. Read on for entry details…
Foggy Notions Presents…
CLUES (Montreal // Constellation)
+ The Ambience Affair
Upstairs @ Whelan’s, October 22, Doors 8pm
Tickets €12 plus booking from www.tickets.ie, City Discs, WAV Box-Office (Lo-Call 1890 200 078)
Ex-Arcade Fire & Ex-Unicorns super-group CLUES make their Irish debut in Whelan’s, Thursday, October 22nd.
Clues was founded by Alden Penner and Brendan Reed, both active for years in the Montreal music scene. Alden was one-half of Unicorns, a band that burned bright and fast at the beginning of the century, and Brendan has been a member of a number of groups, including Arcade Fire and the endless, Endless Forever.
They began building Clues quietly and in near-secrecy during the summer of 2007, playing a series of unadvertised shows in small Montreal venues. Their early performances elicited passionate responses and made it clear that Alden had an awesome batch of new tunes in the works, a glorious voice to deliver them with, and a brilliant foil in Brendan as his co-conspirator.
By 2008, friends Ben Borden, Lisa Gamble, and Nick Scribner had been recruited from the Montreal art and music scenes; a few more exuberant shows went down, the sound building and strengthening every time. With the band’s foundations fully cemented, Clues began work on a debut record towards the end of the year.
During live shows and on recordings, the band share and trade-off on an extensive array of instruments and create a twitchy, urgent, utterly original music that expands Montreal’s (already diverse) pop music lexicon. Clues incorporates multiple drummers, horns, a table of fried electronics (including a Commodore 64 and an OLPC), saw and pianette alongside their trusty electric guitars and basses.
Through their founding and early work as a band, Clues has remained close to home, dedicated to collaborating with and supporting fellow independent artists. In 2008, Reed started VillaVillaNola, a digital music store featuring recordings by predominantly local artists who have flourished underground but who otherwise receive sparse attention. Strong ties to the independent music community, together with shared ideals, led Clues to collaborate with Montreal’s Constellation, who released the band’s self-titled debut record in May 2009.
Dowload album track here: www.stereogum.com/archives/mp3/clues-ex-arcade-fire-ex-unicorns-prep-debut-offer-sample-go-on-tour_032441.html
So… let’s keep it simple this time. The names of the first three people to email firstname.lastname@example.org will go into the hat, with the top prize winner drawn at random. GO!