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The Clerics Magnae Quassationes

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RC009 CD [2006]

If you took all the great (and not so great) bands the members of the Clerics have been in over the years, and laid them end to end, they'd reach to Milwaukee! Magnae Quassationes (that's Latin for Great Shakes) was recorded by Scott Ramsayer at Two Rooms Studios in Chicago in June of 2005. After fermenting for over a year in the overdub and mixing process, this soon-to-be classic batch of guitar-laden rock is available for public consumption.

Track Listing:

You and Your Black Guitar
Grown Up on Fire
Switching to Mild
Picked a Hard Time
The Flourish
I Quit
When Pretty Girls Collide
Soak

Press:

Chicago Tribune
Describing the Chicago Sound is difficult, but hearing The Clerics leaves zero doubt that they are a band from these parts. This quartet, which has just released the irresistible "Magnae Quassationes" (Roostercow), has an approach that fits that weird Chicago post-rock sound, which is the aural equivalent of visiting a very familiar room after someone has moved all the furniture six inches to the right. It's all there, but something is just a bit off.

This is guitar rock based in power pop, sort of a Kinks meet the Beatles while in a telephone booth with Gastr Del Sol and U.S. Maple. Crowded and busy, to be sure. Weird? You betcha. But also beautiful, melodic and very catchy.
—Kevin Williams

The Clerics Paul and Chris