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In an endless wave of useless digital ephemera and poppy over produced cliché bands, Clinical Trials stand out for what they are: Powerful, hungry, dangerous, and above all else, true.”

- You’re Beautiful, New York / July 2011

“…like Elastica with extra vitriol and a dash of grandeur.” - MTV Music Blog


Clinical Trials is Somer Bingham (guitars, vocals, production) and Stacey Lee (drums, general awesomeness). Fancy beer? Breaking things? Unicorn herding? Whatever it is, they can probably go for that.

Clinical Trials’ latest effort, “Bleed Me” is a dark detour into the fringe regions of rock music. Challenging and balls-out, these new creations have been birthed bloody and wailing, fueled by punk, tinged with sexuality, yet still dangerously charming. From the first explosion of brass coupled with pummeling tom-heavy beats on “Whip It,” to the deceptively poppy “American Girl,” where dark synth textures bear counterweight to a danceable soca beat, “Bleed Me” is the most menacing type of thrill ride.

Bass-heavy, slow-driving verses give way to a wall of grunge guitars (“Sweet Machine”); hauntingly simple, nursery rhyme-like melodies dissipate into echoes of static and dying feedback (“White Fence”); nihilstic punk shouts soar over surf rock drums (“Animal”). The album oozes an intoxicating dysphoria. It breeds in a world of angst. It might leave you with a sense of nostalgic depression, or a reckless desire for self-destruction, perhaps even a chaotic urge to go out and smash little bunnies.

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