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Albums Of The Week: Clamm | Care

This Melbourne trio goose their garage-punk with psyche-rock, free jazz & more.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Melbourne punk power trio Clamm explore the confusion of what it is to be a young person trying to live an honourable life in this fucked-up world. Their songs are about trying to navigate systems of power and oppression while retaining a healthy sense of self and mental health. Community, creativity, and catharsis are what they hope to achieve through their music.

Care is bigger, louder and darker than previous album Beseech Me (2020). Clamm dodged lockdowns to record at Rolling Stock and Sound Park Studios with Nao Anzai (NO ZU, Cash Savage, Rolling Blackouts). Nao also plays fearsome synth on the album and has joined the band onstage at recent shows. Saxophonist Anna Gordon (Mangelwurzel) contributes wild free-jazz skronk to a number of tracks.

Care is also the first Clamm recording to feature the bass and backing vocals of newest member Maisie Everett (also in Belair Lip Bombs), who joined the band shortly after Beseech Me was released. Singer-guitarist Jack Summers and drummer Miles Harding have been best friends since primary school, but with Maisie the Clamm trio finds its ultimate form.”