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Philadelphia, United States (2004 – present)

Clockcleaner was a / band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band consisted of John Sharkey III on vocals/guitar, Karen Horner on bass, and Richie Charles, Jr. on drums. The trio had drawn comparisons to The Jesus Lizard, Big Black, Nirvana, Flipper, and even band Whitehouse. Their influences include Cromags, GG Allin, Sun Ra, Brainbombs, Albert Ayler, and the first Skrewdriver LP. As they progressed, they began to more heavily embrace a -like influence.

Formed in 2004, Clockcleaner released an EP called The Hassler on the now defunct Philadelphia label Manic Ride Records. The album echoed early 90s noise rock, with high-pitched guitar sonics and a thumping bass sound. After touring for the EP, original bassist R. Slegel left the band, and was replaced in the studio by John Sharkey. In early 2006 they released a 7” on Baltimore’s / label Hit-Dat Records (Missing Dick b/w Crucifucks’ cover By the Door). Soon to follow was their first full-length record, released on another Baltimore label, Reptilian Records. The album was called Nevermind (a sarcastic ode to Nirvana’s 1991 release). John Sharkey has insisted that the title was a joke to piss people off (He has even gone as far to call Nirvana “dogshit” in a dusted magazine interview in 2007).

“People think that record is like the Bible,” said Sharkey via phone from his North Philadelphia home. “Fuck that record. It’s completely piss-poor.


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