Frantic Heartfelt Rock n’ Roll
From Canada’s Capital
Saint Clare plays frantic, heartfelt rock n’ roll that walks the line between garage rock and pop. They have drawn comparisons to the Pixies, Husker Du, and The Cure and draw on a wide range of genres and influences, like The Jesus & Mary Chain, Mikal Cronin, and Reigning Sound. Their big, catchy sound is driven by the energy of front-man Matthew Saint Clare and the pop melodies of their horn section.
The band lineup is a bar-room orchestra featuring the rock standard guitars, bass, and drums, as well as saxophone, trombone, and organ/piano. The band is backed by former and current members of other memorable bands from Ottawa and beyond, including The Shakey Aches, Casey Comeau and the Half Milers, Monohum, Golden Familie, The Sentries, and The Square Waves.
Saint Clare has toured Ontario and Quebec extensively and have played festivals such as Ottawa Bluesfest, Canadian Music Week, Megaphono, and CityFolk/Marvest. They released their debut Half Holy EP in 2013, followed with the Moving On EP in late Spring 2015, and recently released their debut full length, self-titled record. Their yet-to-be-titled EPIII is set to be released in late 2017, accompanied by a series of videos.
Richard Jeffrey – Guitar and Vocals
Ryan Shannon – Bass
Matthew Saint Clare – Vocals and Guitar
Casey Comeau – Organ/Piano/Synth
Daniel DeVries – Drums
Nick Di Saverio – Trombone
Morgan Grant – Saxophone
Closer to the Devil (Single)
Moving On EP
House of Targ
W/ The Inquisitors + Deadbeatniks
Nov 04, 2016
Feature Friday: Saint Clare
Even after 3 months and 14 Features here at Bytown Sound, I’m still continuously amazed at how many incredibly talented bands and musicians we have in our own city. Ottawa’s very own Saint Clare is absolutely no exception: I was totally blown away.
Nov 02, 2016
New Music: Self-titled By Saint Clare
Ottawa’s Saint Clare just released their much anticipated debut self-titled EP. The album features great psychedelic and garage rock with jiving keys and absolutely exceptional performance by the horns in the band, some of the best I have heard outside of ska in some time.
Feb 09, 2016
Megaphono Fest: Day 4
On my way to the closing party I stopped by Le Troquet to see catchy rock-pop outfit, Saint Clare. Seven of them crowded onto a tiny stage they played a blistering set with sweaty barroom bravado.
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