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, Loon Choir, and Black Boot Trio.
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 a full length in 2016. The band released their third EP, cleverly titled EPIII , accompanied by several music videos in 2018.
With the 2020-2022 pandemic in the rear view mirror, Saint Clare is back making new music with several new bandmates in 2023. Expect more show announcements and tunes soon!
Dan Larmour – Guitar
Geoff Taylor – Bass and Vocals
Matthew Saint Clare – Vocals and Guitar
Brad Sheffield- Keys
Daniel DeVries – Drums
Morgan Grant – Saxophone
Former bandmates include: Casey Comeau (keys), Richard Jeffrey (guitar), Ryan Shannon (bass), and Nick Di Saverio (trombone)