Having signed to FatCat in March 2013, His Clancyness is the alias of Jonathan Clancy. Born in Ottawa and raised between Canada and Italy, Clancy moved back and forth between the two countries up until his late teenage years, when he finally settled in Bologna.
Gaining early experience through playing in a number of hardcore / punk bands, and having toured the world in a couple of indie outfits, Jonathan struck out on his own back in 2009 and started to gain some early recognition across internet blogs when he began leaking out a series of bedroom-recorded psych-pop gems. Recording alone at home often late at night, writing and playing everything himself, he produced a steady stream of tracks prodding in different directions and comprising weird pop outbursts, fuzzy guitars, cloudy ambient texturing, warm drum machine pulses, and bitter-sweet chord progressions - all anchored by a particular melodic sensibility and Clancy’s bold, often reverb-drenched vocals.
“I love pop songs that don’t feel right. I like songs that get to the point pretty fast, then add repetition and texture,” he says. Where Those early His Clancyness tracks (conceived as just that - a spurt of individual tracks rather than as parts within the cohesive span of an album) often had a certain airy dreaminess, a kind of blurring of focus and amorphous stretching out, the new album, ‘Vicious’ - scheduled for release in October 2013 - arrives fully formed and immediately stood out as an impressively accomplished and completely self-assured album, a huge step forward.
Although the entirety of the music he has recorded to date has been written and played (and up until ‘Vicious’ produced) by himself, whilst on the road His Clancyness becomes a full band with friends Giulia Mazza (synths / keyboards / noise boxes / vocals / percussion), Emanuela Drei (bass, sampler, vocals) and Jacopo Borazzo (drums / percussion) helping out.
Tickets for their London show in November are on sale now. Check out music from His Clancyness here at Soundcloud. Here are the details...
ARTIST: His Clancyness
SUPPORT ACTS: tbc
VENUE: The Lexington
DATE: Friday 22nd November 2013
ADVANCED TICKET PRICE: £7.00
VENUE ADDRESS: 96-98 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JB
VENUE WEBSITE: http://www.thelexington.co.uk/
VENUE TELEPHONE: 020 7837 5371
AGE RESTRICTION: 18+ only