Following the recent release of Clinic's critically acclaimed album 'Bubblegum', the band have confirmed a handful of live dates including Glasgow's Stag & Dagger Festival, and a date at London's Barfly as part of Time Out's London Sessions series.
22nd April Barfly, London (Time Out London Sessions)
14th May The Bodega Social Club Nottingham
20th May The Bombed Out Church Liverpool
21st May Stag And Dagger Festival, Glasgow
27th May The Deaf Institute, Manchester
28th May The Cockpit, Leeds
'Bubblegum', the mind-blowing sixth album from Clinic, is exactly 40 minutes long. Usually, long-players by this most extraordinary British band clock in at a clipped half-hour. Clinic - singular, ambitious, revered by fellow musicians - forever sound like no-one else but themselves, because no-one else could even begin to sound like them. Since the tail end of the '90s, they've beamed in other-worldly psychedelic-pop transmissions from their own parallel dimension (geographically, it's in Liverpool, but.), each with a vibe and quality consistent with its predecessors, oblivious to passing trends.
Across five darkly phantasmagorical albums, they've channeled their '60s-vintage influences through inspired juxtapositions, compulsive experimentation in mood-elevating FX, a punky-surrealist perspective, and plain brilliant songs. Every track has broken the rules implicit in everything foregoing. 'Bubblegum', however, is a different bag of butternut squash. On one listen, it feels instantly warmer, lusher, less uptight. It glows like dusk in a balmy Indian Summer.
Clinic are still Ade Blackburn (voice, guitar, dulcimer, etc), Brian Campbell (bass, backing vocals, etc), Hartley (guitar, clarinet, etc), Carl Turney (drums, percussion, etc). They are still the business.