Live in London – Clues

Here’s one I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for – a London date for Clues.

Clues are a Montreal-based rock act comprising Alden Penner (formerly one half of the much-revered Unicorns) and Brendan Reed (previously in Arcade Fire) plus friends Ben Borden, Lisa Gamble, and Nick Scribner from the Montreal art and music scenes.  They make multi-instrumental bruisers that combine pleasant low-key sections, urgent, jump-for-joy choruses, Alden’s murmurous or screaming vocals and delicious melodies that sound fresher each time than the last.  Apparently when live, the act often incorporates multiple drummers to enhance their fast-pace.


Clues also come with some old-fashioned mystique.  For a long while after the band’s conception in summer 2007 was revealed and they played a few unannounced but well-received gigs, no news surfaced. Then finally came the release of Perfect Fit, a multi-faceted peach of a track.  Then, lots more nothing.  Earlier this summer a self-titled album came out to little fanfare and a few more low-key American shows took place.  To this day, Clues’ MySpace page still carries only that initial song, and has scarcely any information and no facility for friend-requests. There’s never been an official website. It’s all about the music.

All the more reason to make sure you’re free when Alden and co come to town, playing the ever-cooler Lexington bar on Pentonville Road c/o the hip people at Bird on the Wire.


Live date:
Sun 25 October – The Lexington, King’s Cross (tickets here)

Clues on MySpace

MP3: Clues – Perfect Fit (zSHARE)
MP3: Clues – Ledmonton (zSHARE)

Buy Clues’ self-titled album here.


~ by ripamel on 18/08/2009.

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