Clinic Plays The Casbah
The proliferation of bands and the diffusion of the audience leads us to the question of "how popular are certain bands, anyway?" I read recently that The Hold Steady sold seventy-something thousand of their first three discs... TOTAL! In the vast cosmic scheme of things that's like, nothing. And yet they get airplay.
Which brings us in a roundabout way to the Liverpool-based band Clinic. Their first album, 2000's "Internal Wrangler," is considered by some a minor classic, with its strange diversity of styles - everything from scorching instrumentals to Eno-like reverie, an occasional soprano sax and child-like vocals. The cover is great, too, evoking the classic Atlantic jazz albums of the 50s and 60s. They are on a reasonably large label (Domino), they've toured the US a number of times, yet how popular are they? Ten years and five albums later, they're still around.
As a live act, they wear surgical masks (I have no idea why) and are supposed to be very energetic, very entertaining and play short sets. Should be an interesting show this Sunday at The Casbah.