Updated: Tuesday, 11th August 2020 @ 9:23am

Surgical mask-wearing rockers Clinic bring new album Free Reign to Manchester for Deaf Institute gig

Surgical mask-wearing rockers Clinic bring new album Free Reign to Manchester for Deaf Institute gig

By Jonathan Levy

Liverpool’s surgical mask-wearing rockers Clinic are returning to Manchester to promote their latest album ‘Free Reign’.

The band, who are signed to Domino Records, are noted for their often fast-paced and eclectic sound, and will play four dates across the UK, including the Deaf Institute on March 2.

‘Free Reign’, whose nine tracks boast the new single ‘Miss You’, is the band’s seventh album and was released in November.

The band are famed for never appearing without the ominous white surgical masks – but don’t expect them to be ditching the look any time soon.

Lead singer Abe Blackburn described the importance of image in an interview with Pitchfork.

“It annoys a lot of people when there's something different, visually. Bands playing in jeans and a t-shirt, or leather jackets or whatever, why isn't that more irritating? It's an absolute cliché,” he said.

“It's not as if [people in T shirt and jeans] haven't thought about what they're going to wear; it's no more genuine.”

Clinic were formed in 1997 by Ade Blackburn and Jonathan Hartley following the split of their previous band, Pure Morning.

In their early days they developed notoriety for featuring instruments such as keyboards and organs that were acquired at various rummage sales and flea markets. Brian Campbell and Carl Turney joined and the band soon released their first EP, ‘I.P.C Subeditors Dictate Our Youth’.

The new album was produced by the band themselves in their hometown and mixed with Daniel Lopatin from Oneohtrix Point Never.

It has received positive reviews, including a three out of five from the likes of Time Out magazine and The Guardian and has been labelled as a “particularly bold and assured new transmission from Planet Clinic”.

It follows their last album, ‘Bubblegum’ which was released in 2010.

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