Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Clone (NYC, ex-Dead Leaf Echo) & Swallow The Rat (NZ, ex-My Education) each share videos from split album

"Swallow the Rat’s ‘Preservation Plan’ is a taut, melancholy post-punk track with abrasive guitars and hazy, shoegaze density, reminiscent of Sonic Youth with more soaring guitar leads and haunting organ. Meanwhile, Clone’s ‘Woman of the Year’ puts up a dense wall of guitars and a dizzying atmosphere, ecstatic and hallucinatory all at once. They’re two complementary sides of the same, mesmerizing, guitar-heavy coin.” -- Treble

“Dissonant delayed guitars and martial drums abound, and the overall sound recalls late-‘80s/early-‘90s dark indie rock acts.” — Big Takeover

"Both bands share a love for dissonant guitars, off-kilter yet satisfying vocal melodies, and an overall air melancholy in their sonic approach." -- No Echo

Kindred spirits from far across the globe, Brooklyn, NY quintet Clone and Aukland, NZ trio Swallow The Rat each share new videos from their recently released split LP today via The Spill Magazine. Watch/share them HERE. (Direct to Clone's "New Romance" on YouTube and Swallow The Rat's "Don't" on YouTube.) 

No Echo recently hosted the full album stream HERE. (Or listen/share via Bandcamp.)

New Zealand's Swallow the Rat (featuring ex-My Education guitarist Brian Purington) and New York's Clone (ex-Dead Leaf Echo, Squad Car) shared a stage in Queens, NYC on perhaps the last day before the city shut down in 2020. A mutual appreciation society was formed over drinks later that night. Swallow the Rat were in town to play the New Colossus Festival, while Clone were playing what was to be the first date of their debut tour of the East Coast. There were plans to share the stage again in New Orleans and in Austin at SXSW.

A global pandemic put an end to this, but the bands kept talking. Both had recently recorded EPs, and so a plan was hatched: a split 12" with songs from both bands. Four tunes apiece, about the irony of memory recall, the loss of friends by their own hand, frustrations of gender role psyche and the fear of looking back. Dissonant delayed guitars and martial drums abound, despite the oceans and continents separating the groups.

Swallow The Rat / Clone split LP is available on LP and download as of May 21st via Headbump Records. Orders are available via Rough Trade in the US HERE and Golden Antenna in the EU HERE


07/23 Brooklyn NY @ Bohemian Groove
07/31 Brooklyn NY @ TV Eye 
09/31 NYC @ Berlin Under A
09/04 Chicago IL @ Windy City Crash Pop Fest 
09/19 Brooklyn NY @ St Vitus 

Artist: Swallow The Rat / Clone

Album: Split LP

Label: Headbump Records

Release Date: May 21, 2021

01. STR - Fall Away

02. STR - Preservation Plan

03. STR - Don’t

04. STR - Station

05. Clone - Deja Vu

06. Clone - Speak, Memory

07. Clone - Woman Of The Year

08. Clone - Easy On The Eyes

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