The four gents of Liverpool's Clinic are touring the states throughout May, playing shows in a handful of select cities. Neumo's in Seattle, the Bowery in NYC, the Black Cat in D.C., Cat's Cradle in North Carolina, Troubador in L.A., and of course right here in Austin at Emo's. There's a good reason that Clinic is performing at the hot spots in these towns, these guys know how to rock. They play funky, demented, fast-paced psych rock that is complimented by lots of keyboard and the signature medical garb they wear on stage.
They've been a prolific band since forming in 1997, releasing five albums, countless singles, EPs, and two compilations. They were picked up by Domino Records in 1999, going on to tour with the likes of Radiohead and Arcade Fire, even getting the nod from John Peel for their debut EP. Their debut album got a 9.3 from Pitchfork, their second album was nominated for a Grammy, and each subsequent release has been met with a good amount of critical acclaim. I first heard about them a couple of years ago and have gone through and listened to the majority of their recorded output, though I haven't had a chance to see them live until now.
Clinic doesn't seem to make it over to the states very often, so if you have an interest in catching a live show you should take advantage while they're here. They're playing Emo's outdoor next Friday with Mark Sultan of the King Khan & BBQ Show, which should be a pretty good combo. I told you about it way back in February. I'm giving away a spot on the guestlist, so if you want to check this one out send your full name to firstname.lastname@example.org with Clinic in the subject line. Do512 is giving away tickets also, so get on it, this is gonna be a cool show.