Clues Announce Debut Details, US Dates

posted February 17, 2009

Clues Announce Debut Details, US Dates

Clues are set to release their self-titled debut record on May 19th on Constellation. Co-founders Alden Penner and Brendan Reed have been quietly nurturing this project in Montreal since the demise of their respective bands, Unicorns and Les Angles Morts. As a member of the short-lived Unicorns, Penner's songwriting prowess was unveiled in a bright burst of mysterious and kaleidoscopic energy, in the form of a single full-length album (released in 2003) and countless live shows, both of which rallied passionate responses from audiences and critics alike.

Penner's voice, guitar and unique lyrical vision now guide Clues, with humble authority, originality and intent. Wedded to Reed's own superlative compositional and arranging acumen (and awesome drumming, among other instrumental skills) and abetted by multi-instrumentalists Ben Borden (Les Automates de Maxime de la Rochefoucauld), Lisa Gamble (Gambletron, Evangelista, Hrsta) and Nick Scribner (Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble), the band delivered sporadic and fantastic local performances through 2008. They then entered the Hotel2Tango studio to lay down eleven songs in a feverish session during a Montréal winter deep freeze. The resulting album radiates a very special warmth and urgency, full of secrets, smiles, snarls and sing-a-longs.

Clues is available on CD in a custom gatefold cardstock package printed with metallic and full colour inks. The record is also available on 180 gram virgin vinyl LP and as a digital release.

Clues Tracklist:

  1. Haarp
  2. Remember Severed Head
  3. Approach The Throne
  4. In The Dream
  5. You Have My Eyes Now
  6. Perfect Fit
  7. Elope
  8. Cave Mouth
  9. Crows
  10. Ledmonton
  11. Lets Get Strong

Clues Live

  • February 26 - Spaceland in Los Angeles, CA
  • February 27 - Howle and Sons Pizza and Beer Visalla, CA
  • February 28 - Rickshaw Shop San Francisco, CA (Noise Pop Festival)
  • March 1 - Sam Bonds Garage Eugene, OR
  • March 2 - Backspace Portland OR
  • March 3 - The Big Room Olympia, WA
  • March 4 - The Vera Project Seattle WA
  • March 5 - The Bitmore Cabaret Vancouver BC Canada