Last night, Clinic took the stage at Brooklyn’s Bell House with their usual literal band name manifestation with surgeon masks and bummed out tunes. Actually, the Village Voice eloquently coined them the Boys of Bummer recently, so I’ll be sticking with that.
Bubblegum, Clinic’s newest and sixth studio endeavour, has the usual suspects– ringing boom-clicks, lo-fi haze, and the psych pop sounds we’ve come to expect from the masked musicians who make note of their own “tacky pun”. Listening to the newest release reminds us how good the previous five were– locked up in our rooms listening to each along with Radiohead and the Flaming Lips, respectively. But Bubblegum doesn’t leave a bad taste in our mouths, one that is longing for the discontinued flavor, it instead induces a feeling of reminiscence in the current tracks. Besides, this may be where all our favorite Pitchfork bands stole their sound.
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And while you think of something witty to say, head on over after the jump to check out the video for the newest single, “I’m Aware”, from Bubblegum which is due out on Domino Records on October 5th.