Interview: The Clear
Recently signed Sheffield band ‘The Clear’ have had a busy past couple of weeks working towards releasing their new single, America.
The dynamic three piece band made up of Chris Damms, Bryan Day and Jools Duffey have recently enjoyed early airtime support on Amazing Radio and BBC Radio 6, who played the new track within 24 hours of receiving it. The band, who have recently played an exclusive performance of America and their other tracks at Abbey Road Studios, met with us to chat about the new song, their successful debut single Sunlight and their upcoming album due for release later this year.
Tell us a little bit about your brand new single, America?
Of course the song is about America, although it was written in Sheffield. It’s a nostalgic look back to a by-gone era and an idealised image of ‘The Land of Opportunity’ from a British perspective. It’s backed by our publisher, Lance Freed from Rondor Music, who is based in Los Angeles and it’s out next Friday (24th July)
So there’s three of you in the band, so can you describe ‘The Clear’ to me in just three words?
Ooh okay – I’d say were eclectic, tuneful and interesting!
Great choice of words! Who would you say are your musical influences?
I’d say we’re mostly influenced by artists such as Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb and Paul Williams, who are all legendary American singer-songwriters. We channel traditional West Coast Pop with our own classic material, adding a flavour of Sheffield to mix things up and make the sound interesting. I guess you could say The Beatles influence our music as well but everyone picks them!
Your debut track Sunlight was released 18 months ago. I hear it was well supported by BBC Radio 2, Radio Sheffield and even a US station in Florida. You must be very proud?
Yes we were all really proud; that song has really helped the band. It was off the back of that song that we got our publicist contract with Lance Freed and we were able to spend the next year writing and recording more songs.
What’s been happened between then and now?
As I mentioned earlier, we’ve spent a lot of time writing and recording new material for our debut album which we hope to release later this year. We’ve also had quite a few gigs in and around Sheffield. Our next acoustic performance is at the Sheffield SOUP Launch Party on the 29th of July in the Printhouse (previously The Tulip Lounge).
Sounds interesting! What is SOUP?
Its basically a social inclusion event inspired by Detroit SOUP. You come along and pay a minimum donation of £5 entry which goes into ‘a pot’ or ‘micro-grant’; then four local people who are seeking funding will pitch their ideas and you decide who the grant is awarded to on the night by vote. You can then have something to eat, listen to our music, make new friends and contacts, or find inspiration for setting up your own project.
A whole host of well-known DJs , including Dermot O’Leary, rushed to play your song Sunlight on their shows. Apparently Gary Crowley went as far as naming Sunlight one of his “favourite songs of the summer”. Why do you think the song was so popular?
Yeah the song was played for eight weeks on BBC London which was absolutely fantastic! I think a lot of people liked it because it’s a nice uplifting song (it’s a song about sunlight after all!) It has a lovely music video to go with it too! You can see that on our website – www.theclear.co.uk
Do you have plans to release a debut album?
Yeah, our album is already and set to go! We’ve worked really hard with our manager Meredith Cork from Yellowbrick Music and spent a long time preparing it to be the best it can be. We’re planning on realising a few more singles to drum up interest and engage people before we finally release the album later this year.
America is available now from iTunes and Amazon.
Check out their website for more information! http://www.theclear.co.uk