From Washington D.C., Clones of Clones are breathing new life into the indie-rock music scene. Together, Ben Payes (Guitar/Synth/Vocals), Nick Scialli (Bass/ Guitar/Vocals), Todd Evans (Guitar/Synth/Vocals), and Brian Abbott (Drums) create a refreshing change of pace with haunting melodies and perfect harmonies. Synthesizers paired with creative guitar measures add an alluring element to their unique music.
Like me on Facebook. The business of music is often more difficult than making music, but no less important. Clones of Clones are an unsigned band that can make a great album on their own, but believe having a record label would help with distribution. While social media statistics are easily manipulated and not a true indication of any band’s musical acuity, record labels look for the artist with the most presence. The logic is that bands with high statistics come with a ready-made fan base, so record labels do not have to invest time and money into development. Evans explains that your chances for a record deal increase if you become a ‘self-promotion machine’. In the past, record companies would take unknown artists and groom them into superstars. However, the music industry now requires new artists to cultivate their own following, before they are even considered for a recording contract.
Real music is for real people. Amongst the unexpected musical twists and turns in the songs by Clones of Clones, there is an underlying reality. The individual tunes paint a musical picture of the lives we lead. The song “Bully” describes feelings of despair with the words “He’s comin’ for you/It’s all over the news”, expressing how we feel when something is beyond our control. The title track, “I Don’t Need Your Love”, from their new EP, which will be released mid-November, outlines the necessity of walking away. Lyrics from the song say, “Goodbye was never this easy” that oddly ring true, because sometimes it is not that hard to leave an unhealthy situation. Dramatic lyrics set against a backdrop of exquisite harmonious highs and lows is intriguing, yet delightful to listeners.
It’s something new. Clones of Clones are instantly mesmerizing in the symphonic qualities they incorporate throughout. There is no predictable order in the music, but it flows seamlessly from verse to verse, which is the reason it is on replay while I work. Personally, I do not care how many followers they have on Twitter. I am drawn to the raw honesty in the lyrics and engaging musical structures. They are currently performing live at local venues and will release their new EP, I Don’t Need Your Love, next month. In the meantime, fans can see a sneak preview of the title track on the official Clones of Clones YouTube channel.
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