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London, United Kingdom (1991 – present)

The Clientele are a London-based band with Alasdair Maclean on vocals and guitar, Mark Keen on drums, James Hornsey on bass and Mel Draisey on Keys and Violin.

MacLean and Hornsey began collaborating musically while still in school, after MacLean saw that Hornsey had written the name of the band Felt on his pencil case. The band formed in 1991, with the current lineup along with Innes Phillips, who shared singing and songwriting duties with MacLean. The band recorded an album’s worth of material but failed to get any label interest. Innes left the band (and would go on to found The Relict); the rest of the group re-formed in 1997, and they released a number of singles that were eventually collected on Suburban Light (2000). The Violet Hour (2003) was their first album proper, which again saw great acclaim, but, as yet, little commercial success. August 2005 saw the release of their second full album, Strange Geometry. Draisey joined the band in 2006 just in time for band’s second tour of the States.

The band is more successful in America, where they are signed to Merge Records, home of bands such as Lambchop and Spoon, than in their native Britain.

Their music is noted for its reverb-rich production and MacLean’s distinctive breathy vocals and jangly guitar playing. Their lyrics take a strong inspiration from surrealist literature and art from the early 20th century.


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  • leneheart


    14 Feb 8:41pm Reply
  • yuggoth_spider

    Strange Geometry makes me weep tears of joy from start to finish. Yeah, I said it.

    25 Sep 2014 Reply

    sound great, but can't get past the singer's voice

    16 Jul 2014 Reply
  • rustcosta

    it's been so long that I just wonder about the quality of what may come

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Smartypants101

    they are underrated as fuck! i've never said that about any other band before so it's not a statement i just throw around.

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
  • sofiapivatto


    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • JuttaE

    ♪ 💗 Լ☮Ɣ€ 💗 ♪

    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • prunellaluke

    If anyone's really suffering, the album and EP that Innes Phillips released with The Relict are available to download from itunes. A bit unfinished sounding, but very similar to The Clientele if not as good, also to Amor de Dias. Not sure why he left. Obviously a talented man.

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • prunellaluke

    They fairly recently posted oh sorry' tweeted' (on,er, twitter) a link to an interesting, funny and sad interview given when The Violet Hour finally came out. Really worth watching if you haven't already.

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nakos26

    Love this band,it grew on me over time.Any news about a new release?

    18 Jan 2013 Reply
  • grid15

    Minotaur is a perfect song. Hope its not going unlistened to on the EP

    7 Jan 2013 Reply
  • tommoo

    I think this band makes beautiful music. They have an influence on my own. Check it out if you like!

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • damoneymapotnah

    Suburban Light is my fav.

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Debitto8

    i really love them since 2 years ago.

    4 Aug 2012 Reply
  • humantapes

    Whenever I listen to these guys it ends up being only them for a few solid weeks.

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Dylanisgod2

    i wish i had strange geometry on vinyl. such a special record. very urban feel.

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • hinchadelcordob

    I own Strange Geometry's vinyl. Feeling so proud of it.

    1 Jun 2012 Reply
  • muhv

    sweet sweet sounds

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • daile

    so relaxing!

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • esky

    Good to listen after work on the way home

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
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