Photo credit: Oscar O’Shea
“CLAMM manage to conjure up the underlying rage that lives in all of us right now and give it a necessary exorcism.” – DIY
“First absorbing and then breaking down indie rock tropes, CLAMM have an acerbic, yet engaging appeal.” – Clash
“CLAMM emerged like a shattering force on the Melbourne music scene, almost unexpectedly…they belong to that new category of punk, all self-aware and considered.” – Post-Trash
Melbourne’s punk-trio CLAMM have shared the title track from their excellent debut album, ‘Beseech Me’, arriving April 9th on Meat Machine (Crack Cloud, N0V3L). Beseech Me, a ferocious track about the strain of a single file lifestyle, is the follow up to their previous offerings Keystone Pols and Liar, which have drawn support from BBC 6, DIY, So Young, Loud and Quiet, Clash, Hero and more.
Listen to / Watch Beseech Me here:
Frontman Jack Summers says of the track: “Beseech Me is a song that touches on desire and solidarity. The song in its entirety seems to have a sort of pleading to it, as if it is asking the listener to do something. Lots of the lyrics on this song were written on the fly. I tried to change the lyrics to make ‘more sense’ at some point, but it always felt wrong and so we left it in its natural state. Because of this, there’s a hint of ambiguity to the track.”
The video was filmed and edited by Oscar O’Shea at The Curtin, Melbourne on March 5th, their first show in over a year due to the pandemic.
CLAMM could not have come from anywhere other than Melbourne, Australia. Theirs is a city that bleeds music. Iconic bands such as Eddy Current Suppression Ring (who the band opened for in 2019) and Total Control (who’s Mikey Young mixed and mastered Beseech Me)have built on the city’s history of open-hearted, fist-in-throat, fiercely independent music. Scenes centering around labels like Flightless (King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, The Babe Rainbow), Antifade (Bananagun) and Cool Death (Romero) have held the torch for countless groups as good as any in the world.
However, CLAMM arrived completely apart from any established scene or sound. They began playing shows in 2019, sharing bills with virtually anyone who would have them. Jack Summers (vocals/guitar) and Miles Harding (drums) had been friends and musical collaborators since early childhood. Under various banners, they performed for years with friends and siblings across Melbourne’s underground landscape. It wasn’t until they found Maisie Everett (vocals/bass) that the CLAMM picture was complete. Their quick ascension drew support from KEXP, Triple J, Triple J Unearthed, Double J, and Triple R as well as shared bills with the aforementioned Eddy Current Suppression Ring and Amyl and the Sniffers in 2019.
Beseech Me, recorded with Nao Anzai (Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Floodlights, NO ZU), offers up ten tracks that explore the margins of fury and tenderness. Keystone Pols churns like the bowels of a factory, with an alarming guitar riff that sirens repeatedly. On the demonic 6/8 chug Repress, Jack begins a snarled plea: “I don’t want your fucking money! / I don’t want your fucking time! / I don’t want your holiday payout / I just want to be outside.” About Liar, Jack says “it’s about dealing with a voice in your head that isn’t always telling the truth.”
Pointing sharpened question marks at power and oppression, CLAMM’s explicit lyrics and indignation is aimed at those who press dents into a struggling world. Despite their frustration, CLAMM also maintain a shining optimism in their ethos. Their tumultuous rhythms and fuzzed mechanical guitar are a fierce counterpoint to messages of anti-violence and self-betterment.
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Thanks to Brace Yourself PR