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The Clerics EP

the clerics
RC004 EP 7" [2002]

The first chapter in the The Clerics long and storied history. From the ashes of the New Rob Robbies came this delicious platter of lo-fi gold.

Track Listing:

Shoes in Brick
Write What You Know

Spooky at a Distance
The Proper


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 On Fire