Q&A Scene: Clive Luca

Tell us about your new Single?

A guttural ramble about big dreams gone sour that still manages to groove along gleefully and sounds nothing like it’s namesake .

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Well this is our first single but I’m rehearsing with some new musicians and enjoying the fresh take on some songs I’ve had for a while.  So maybe that bit we did in that song in that rehearsal the other day?

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

A guest once said that something I’d cooked looked like a pigeon had flown through the window, hit the wall above the stove, landed in a pot of soup and fermented for a week. Since then all my music has strived to bring that bird back to life and rehabilitate it.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

I once travelled for 5 hours with my nose an inch from the interior roof of an overpacked van whilst lying on a mattress belonging to a circus I was performing in as a ten year old touring the Northern Territory. I threw up, fortunately during a break.

What, or who, inspires you?

Bill Fay, Carl Sagan, Darkside, Emma Russack, Jess Rebeiro.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

“Newborn” by Teeth and Tongue. Makes me feel like I’m discovering my hometown of Melbourne with fresh eyes.

What’s next for you?

Another single with a different sound and hopefully a music video concept that doesn’t require so many props and locations as the one we’re shooting next week!

What’s your scene?

The final scene in “La Dolce Vitta”, gets me every time.

CLIVE LUCA Releases ‘Sonic Youth’ Single  – Out Friday 17th June

Melbourne artist Clive Luca and his band drop their single “Sonic Youth”, a groovy post punk ramble that sounds little like the song’s namesake but rather a song that grunts, splutters and grooves to its own unique beat.

To help launch the release, Clive and his band play The Tote Hotel in Melbourne, Sunday 19th June with supports from Roxy Lavish and the Jimmy Chang Band.

A follow up show in Melbourne is scheduled for Thursday 19th July at Bar Open.

Having lived ‘all over the goddamn place’ from Madrid to Mexico City, Melbourne to Holland he has experienced a life, Clive Luca is a traveller and a rambler with a steel string gusto for singing high tales of home and abroad.

Now residing back in Melbourne, Clive has had the time to unwrap his experiences abroad and holler them across a gritty and sonic soundscape. Clive and his band conjure up a ‘cosmic psych folk’ sound that draws on influences as diverse as The War on Drugs, Bill Fay, Darkside, Sharon Van Etten and Gram Parsons.

Working in collaboration with close friend Damian “Little John” Hooper, plus an array of supporting musicians, the culmination of talent has resulted in his debut single ‘Sonic Youth’. For Clive it’s a matter of capturing his raw and powerful nature as a performer in the studio.

The tracks will be released for digital purchase via Bandcamp and Itunes on June 17.

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