'Friendly Fire' by Claire will get you ready for the weekend!
Music is always about escape.
Escape from the adversities of all facets of daily life; from problems and fears,
whose translation into comprehensible music can offer so much comfort
in hard times; from the everyday madness of life itself, whose challenging
nature we often only feel strong enough to face when we have a considerate,
musical companion of sound and lyrics at our side.
Claire have created such a music companion with their debut album "The
Great Escape"; a playful soundtrack for the uncertainties of the here and now,
and a visionary musical escape from the nasty clutches of everyday life.
The five-piece band originated in Munich, where Mess el and Nepomuk worked
together in a studio. A short time later, the two met Flo on a production job.
"The chemistry between us was right straight away, so we got together and
started making music", Nepomuk recalls. After the first few commissioned
works, the desire to create pieces for their own project emerged. The birth of
Looking for a suitable vocalist, Flo remembered an old party acquaintance:
Josie. "I contacted her over Facebook and asked if she wanted to come by, and
she did", Flo grins, describing the situation. "When she started to sing, we all
just looked at each other and thought: Awesome! This is it."
All they needed then was a drummer for powerful live perform ances of their
songs. This is where Fridl came into play, someone Flo still knew from his
time in the Munich metal-core scene. Claire was complete.
"Vigorous or faint dizzy from our feelings stream/
we will be able to paint what we have always dreamed."
Set Out With Me
The escape that provides the title of "The Great Escape" is a component that
finds itself on several levels of the 13 songs on this debut album. A running
theme of the record is breaking out of the daily grind and exhausting the
untapped potential that lies dormant within each and every one of us. At the
same time, the title expresses a self-fulfilling prophecy leading to the start of
a new life for the five band members. "The title also describes the escape from
the studio, where we spent six months sitting around without seeing any
daylight", Mess el laughs, summ arising their relief over the completion of the
gruelling production process.
From the dark basement studio to the spotlight. How fitting that the band
likes to classify their musical mix of post-pop, indie and electro as neonpop.
"Our lyrics make use of a very strong visual language. Colours are an
express ion of different moods ", says singer Josie. Consequently, Claire paint
situations using musical elements, draw darkly coloured sonic pictures of
emotions, and visualise the neon contradiction of their cold musical aesthetic
and singer Josies warming words.
The best example of this is the grandiose advance single "Games", a driving
mid-tempo number with a whole galaxy of emotions hidden away within its
orchestrated simplicity. Comfort meets grief and hope meets melancholy, always
in the knowledge that the most insignificant moment can change a
whole life. Everything will be fine as long as your world is completed by the
love of another person.
Claire celebrate the duality of things a little differently in "The Next Ones To
Come", a fragile ode to dancing on a volcano; an opulent musical tightrope
above the seething abyss of fear and despair, which the band calmly masters
by singing about the feverish fallibility of the universe.
This makes "The Great Escape" the perfectly designed expression of a mature and
adult understanding of pop, an understanding which no longer views the
"pop music" label as an insult. A healthy adolescence in the underground has
given Claire the necessary traction to clearly distinguish themselves from
slick, plastic pop acts, and lines the band up alongside acts such as James
Blake or The xx.