Clique connect to a whole generation of confused, introspective not-quite-adults.
Label: Topshelf Records
Released: 27th May 2016
Why do all the good bands come from Philadelphia? OK – maybe all is a bit far – but still, it’s punching well above its musical weight. From The Wonder Years to Modern Baseball, Tigers Jaw to The Menzingers, it seems more great acts hail from the city than not. Clique more than make the cut too.
With their second album, the quartet know their game inside out. Melodic, emotive indie-rock – they play it perfectly. Scattered with questions of self-doubt, motivations and a potentially futile existence, all the while delivered through discordant melody, they’re a band that fits perfectly. ‘Usage’, with its opening statement of “I don’t know what the fuck is wrong with me,” may nail it best.
Like their peers, Clique connect to a whole generation of confused, introspective not-quite-adults, trying to make sense of the hand they’ve been dealt. With ‘Burden Piece’ we may not find the answers, but at least we’re not alone. Stephen Ackroyd