Moogfest: A conversation with Clare and the Reasons

We were blown away by Clare and the Reasons stunning chamber pop, so we caught up with them at Pulp for an informal chat about touring, how Carlos Santana is ruining music and the possibility of recording at Echo Mountain in the spring.

Watch the interview here:


Check out a slideshow of their Thomas Wolfe performance:


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12 thoughts on “Moogfest: A conversation with Clare and the Reasons

  1. Phil Andrews

    Clare and the Reasons can only dream of accomplishing what Carlos Santana has accomplished musically over the last 40 years. Wouldn’t surprise me if they are cleaning Carlos’ toilet in a few years.

  2. lookatmeimsoshiny

    Totally agree with Phil. Carlos Santana isn’t ruining music. This Clare woman knows that. Silly cow! Now someone run and tell her that her band sucks. Hurry, before Asheviile’s “Clare and the Reasons-fest” goes into its “planning stage”. barf.

  3. Piffy!

    [b]Totally agree with Phil. Carlos Santana isn’t ruining music.[/b]

    Have you heard the song she is referring to?

    Its a terrible remake of ‘back in black’ with Nas rapping over it.

    [b]This Clare woman knows that. Silly cow! Now someone run and tell her that her band sucks. [/b]

    Have you even listened to her music?

    [b]Hurry, before Asheviile’s “Clare and the Reasons-fest” goes into its “planning stage”. barf. [/b]

    In the future, you might want to actually listen/watch said interview instead of merely commenting on an out-of-context quote meant to pique your interest.

  4. lookatmeimsoshiny

    Play the interview again and listen closely. All three band members clearly say “While my guitar gently weeps”- they’re talking about the Beatles song that Santana covered, not the song you posted the youtube link for. You might wanna listen more clearly in the future to make sure you have the correct references. Also, dig deeper- you’ll find music critics dismissed Clare & The Reasons “Arrow” as sounding so blatantly much like a Beatles ripoff that they couldn’t even actually tell what Clare & The Reasons THEMSELVES actually sounded like. Then Clare & Co. hear Santana (who already has his own sound, unlike them) on the radio doing a Beatles cover, and it’s sour grapes. The song you referred to in YOUR youtube link is an easy target, yet it’s not the one THEY were referring to. listen more carefully.

  5. lookatmeimsoshiny

    Of course I meant to call you Vic, not Phil- but you gathered that. However, what you’ve failed to grasp (in your haste to show everyone how smart you are, of course) is that you referenced the wrong song, Vic!

  6. Piffy!

    [b] they’re talking about the Beatles song that Santana covered, not the song you posted the youtube link for.[/b]

    Indeed. And have you heard it? It’s AWFUL.

    Still wondering if you’ve even heard their music, or are just mad they pointed out how far santana has sunk in the past few years.

  7. Piffy!

    [b]Santana (who already has his own sound, unlike them)[/b]

    have you even istened to Santana in the past ten years? his new album is all really bad covers with flavor-of-the-month teeny boppers. hardly his ‘own sound’.

    As far as your assessment of clare’s music, i’m curious when youve even heard it?

  8. lookatmeimsoshiny

    Yes, Vic I’ve heard the music. And unlike some people I know, I can listen critically. AND I was at the show. Listened & watched. Made up my own opinion. Three days later I read a Pitchfork review of Clare & The Reasons “Arrows” and for the most part agreed with it. They’re so busy trying to mimeograph the Beatles that you can’t actually hear what Clare & The Reasons really sound like. Do I like the new Santana over the Old Santana? No, but at least Carlos came up with his own sound before he decided to tinker around with it. He’s a legend. So what if his Beatles cover isn’t the greatest thing you’ve ever heard? Go listen to Clare & The Reasons do their version of Genesis’ “That’s All” and report to me back on deck, pirate Vic! yaaarrrrghhh

  9. Piffy!

    [b]He’s a legend.[/b]

    Being a legend doesn’t mean everything they do is beyond criticism.

  10. lisa

    can anyone give a musical example of Clare and the Reasons sounding like the beatles? I hear Harry Nillson and Beachboys inspiration hints at times, but not the Beatles. Pitchfork is not the word of God, FYI. I’m a huge Clare and the Reasons fan and I think they are one of the most unique and innovative bands out there, I have seen them several times live and it’s incredible the way they bring their records to life onstage. Thanks for posting the video!

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