Clinic To Operate On Major Label, Tour In September

Liverpool band's Walking With Thee to be re-released by Universal on August 6.

Thanks to a favorable response from Stateside fans, Liverpool's Clinic are

taking their Walking With Thee for another stroll around the block.

The quartet's second album will enjoy another pass, not to mention greater

distribution, when Universal Records re-releases the LP in conjunction with

U.K. indie Domino on August 6, according to the band's publicist. Domino

initially issued Walking With Thee in March.

Since then, the cyclically melodic rock band has amassed accolades from

music critics in such publications as Rolling Stone, Entertainment

Weekly and The New York Times with music that's at once driving

and soothing, heavy and ethereal (see "Clinic: Four Lads From Liverpool Creating Quite A

Buzz").

A clip for the album's first single, "Walking With Thee," received some

airplay on video outlets, and Los Angeles radio station KROQ has been

spinning the tune even though it isn't scheduled to be officially serviced

to stations until July 23. Streets can't wait, some would say, though the

streets these anxious folks live on probably run through hipster

neighborhoods like Silverlake and Los Feliz.

" 'Walking With Thee' is a party song, really," drummer Carl Turney said.

"It's a whole sort of mishmash of lyrics. ... The idea is more of a feel to

it, rather than being specifically about anything. ... It sounds sort of

deranged but uplifting at the same time."

The rest of the Walking With Thee, like its title track, is more

textural than thematic, bounding from creepy atmospheres created by the

vintage sounds of a melodica to pulsing electronic beats or grinding punk

guitars. Although its sundry tracks could be seen as slapdash construction,

Walking With Thee was created in quite the opposite fashion.

Instead of experimenting in the studio as they had with 2000's

International Wrangler, this time Clinic had a plan when the engineer

hit "record." The result, Turney explained, is that there's "more of a mood

to it, [and it's] perhaps easier to follow and more melodic."

The compliments paid to Walking With Thee have brought about

comparisons to other buzz bands like the Strokes, the White Stripes and the

Hives — who Clinic sound nothing like. Rather than be annoyed by the

mismatches, Clinic take the skewed assessments as a sign that they must be

doing something right.

"There's enough people who compare it to different things that it stands on

its own anyway," Turney said. "Because it's really diverse, I don't think

you can just fit it into any category or say that it sounds like anything

else. That's something we're really careful about doing. If anything sounds

like something even remotely contemporary, we just change track and do

something different."

"It's probably a good thing that there's a lot of different comparisons,

because if it's one thing all the time, we would start to worry,

definitely," singer Ade Blackburn said. For a band that cites influences

from garage to kraut-rockers Can to '60s girl group the Ronettes, that's not

surprising.

Following their first U.S. tour in March (and some makeup dates in June),

Clinic are back in Liverpool preparing a video for Walking With

Thee's second single, "Come Into Our Room." A second tour of the U.S. is

slated for September.

Clinic tour dates, according the band's publicist:

  • 9/25 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

  • 9/27 - Houston, TX @ Mary Jane's

  • 9/28 - Austin, TX @ Emo's

  • 9/29 - Dallas, TX @ Trees

  • 10/4 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey

  • 10/5 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club

  • 10/6 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club

  • 10/7 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

  • 10/8 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox

  • 10/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

  • 10/12 - Chicago, IL @ Metro/Smart Bar

  • 10/14 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

  • 10/15 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

  • 10/18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

  • 10/19 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza