Clearance "At Your Leisure" Record Release

Clearance "At Your Leisure" Record Release

Deeper, Bunny

Fri, August 3, 2018

9:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL

$8.00

Tickets at the Door

Clearance
Clearance
Clearance's charms have always come from the way they cleverly condense their influences into fresh songs brimming with personality. Drawing as much inspiration from '60s U.K. pop and jangly '80s New Zealand indie rock as '90s slacker and contemporary groups they've recently shared bills with like Omni and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, the Chicago-based band's career so far has been full of wiry and witty gems. From their ramshackle and coolheaded 2015 debut, Rapid Rewards, to their 2016 7” single Are You Aware, each release has boasted memorable riffs and frontman Mike Bellis' bitingly observational lyrics.

Their forthcoming sophomore effort At Your Leisure, which is out July 27 via Topshelf Records, is the product of the band's strengths. It's the culmination of long tours, breakneck writing sessions, and the evolving friendship between band members Bellis, guitarist Kevin Fairbairn, bassist Greg Obis, and drummer Arthur Velez. Older and wiser, Clearance uses the trials and tribulations of being an indie rock band navigating the maddeningly contradictory music industry in 2018 as a secret weapon.

Bellis revels in its absurdities throughout. "On The Doorstep" deals with superficiality and the nitty-gritty business side of the industry: "If the contract's ironclad / You're on the doorstep" while "Gallery Glare" tackles winning over a disinterested crowd: "But don't stare / cause you've gotta laugh at the tawdry details of this sordid affair." Even the album's title is a joking play on the snail's pace of modern-day album release cycles. Armed with the experience of an extensive tour with Widowspeak and a stint playing in Brazil, plus sharing bills with bands like Slowdive, Alvvays, Dick Diver and more, they're weathered but not bitter.

At Your Leisure is also a love letter to guitar pop. The majority of the songs came about when Bellis visited New Zealand for a few weeks in 2016, home to acts crucial to the band’s origins like the Clean and others from the classic Flying Nun roster. Compared to Clearance’s slacker-inspired earlier offerings, the songs on the new LP are breezier and more propulsive, radiating simplicity with each riff and airtight hook. Lead single "Had A Fantastic,” the first song written for the project, is a quick and punchy track that channels their Kiwi jangle into something distinctly Midwestern and distinctly their own.

Elsewhere, songs like “Destination Wedding” poke fun at all kinds of bougie rituals while attempting to write their own version of the Kinks’ “Holiday In Waikiki,” as Bellis offers. But it’s not all sunny riffs and good humor. “Haven’t You Got the Time?” is the most direct single on the LP, which Bellis wrote during the disintegration of a relationship. He sings, “Well I’ve been taking it in a new direction, now that I’ve seen the signs / I know you’ll get out when you can.” Bellis’ hides a sadness behind his droll delivery.

The LP was mastered by Total Control’s Mikey Young and recorded with The Hecks’ Dave Vettraino around Chicago at Jamdek Studios, Public House Recordings, and their own West Side practice space, which they share with Chicago stalwarts NE-HI and Deeper. At Your Leisure isn't just the sound of a band confidently finding its voice, it's a reflection of one part of a thriving and collaborative local music community.

--JOSH TERRY (@JoshhTerry)
Deeper
Deeper
Deeper’s Origins date back to 2014 when prior to releasing any material an abrupt line-up change left the Chicago based band looking for a new direction. Singer and guitarist Nic Gohl along with childhood friend, guitarist Mike Clawson and drummer Shiraz Bhatti threw out all of their old songs and brought on bassist Drew McBride to round out the lineup. The subsequent demos leaned on intricate guitar interplay, direct “of the times” vocals and a spirit that speaks to the band’s collective place in this pit of endless internet.

Deeper honed their sound over the course of 2015 & 16’ in basements, lofts, and anywhere that would have them. Touring the demos and landing at a fully realized inflection point. Call it Post-Punk, call it Indie Rock, it’s a record that steps in and out of boxes filtered through an unmistakable midwestern lens.

As social norms and political ideologies distort, writing and creating art was the only way to control the growing voice in the band’s collective head. The conceptualizing of the album started and stopped over that two year time warp culminating in a few feverish tracking sessions in late 2017. What was left is a stark shimmering portrait of a modern American experience.
Bunny
Bunny
"Bunny toes the bleary line between dream pop and bedroom rock. Their tunes take on a soft grunge feel, mixing dainty, pretty melodies with hazy, sardonic lyrics and juxtaposing the music with a dramatic stage presence."-Your Mom

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com