the-clientele.jpgWarning, anecdote ahead: Until Kevin, from So Much Silence, guest posted on The Clientele, last summer while I was traveling, I was under the impression they were some sort of post-post-post punk band from the UK. If I recall correctly, I believe I was under the impression they sounded like, oh, say, Clinic or something. The name The Clientele sounds soo sterile it just had to be something like that. Woops.

Obviously, I was way off base, having since listened to The Clientele’s 2005 full length, Strange Geometry, many times with nary a Joy Division moment to be found. So, yeah, thanks Kevin for sorting that one out for me.

The pre-release PR machine makes the case for the new Clientele album as the sound of a band embracing their inner Monkees, and after several thoroughly enjoyable listens, I’ll bite. This is perhaps aided by the fact that just last week I was listening to 1968’s The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees LP. (True psychedelia that has gone on to influence more artists than anyone would have thought possible at the time of it’s release.)

What does this mean for The Clientele? Well, certainly not their own television show controlled by NBC corporate interests; no, here The Clientele have tapped into the latter Monkees era comprised of off-kilter sixties pop anchored by Mike Nesmith’s songwriting prowess.

Below: Here are two tracks off the upcoming May release of God Save The Clientele. Also, watch this “zany” video of Frank Zappa and Mike Nesmith spoofing an interview circa 1968.

MP3: The Clientele :: Here Comes The Phantom
MP3: The Clientele :: Bookshop Cassanova

Video: Mike Nesmith and Frank Zappa on “The Monkees”
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5 Responses to “God Save The Clientele”

  1. The owner of the late Gate City Noise record store here in Greensboro sold me on Strange Geometry by telling me it was the perfect record to put on and drive on a sunny, fall day. And he was right. And this record has me licking my chops. I heard “Bookshop..” via Pitchfork the other week and can’t wait to hear the rest. Thanks for the other new one as well.

  2. Sounds like what would have happened if Bob Dylan got bored in the late 60’s…

  3. New Clientele is always a good thing.

  4. Fantastic album if I do say so.

  5. I’ve been meaning to write about this too. One of my favorite records made this year. I love this band. Even though they’re kinda dull live I still want to check them out when they come next month.

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