Clear are Chris Damms (piano, guitars, vocals), Jools Buffey -(piano, vocals), Hugh Ruiz (bass), Bryan Day (vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards) and Andy Cook (drums).
The band’s single Sunlight is getting an incredible reaction already, picking up tons of word-of-mouth national radio play. BBC’s Gary Crowley has played it 6 weeks running, BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson is raving about it and Simon Raymonde played and praised it on Xfm.
Perhaps it’s no surprise Sheffield’s Clear are wowing so many people; they’re very closely connected to Richard Hawley – one of Sheffield’s most celebrated musical sons. Clear’s members variously record, gig or produce with him. Andy Cook, having played alongside him in 90s darlings Longpigs, still plays in Richard’s band today as does multi-instrumentalist Bryan Day. It was Hawley’s producer and collaborator, Colin Eliot, who hunted down the band having heard talk of their cache of brilliant songs. He eventually convinced them to come into his studio to capture their music. A short, fruitful session followed and then Sunlight was gloriously born.
Clear have been carefully honing their craft, absorbing the golden-hued hits from the late 60s and early 70s and trying to figure out what made those songs sound so timeless. Thus Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and that classic west-coast feel was temporarily relocated to the grittier locale of Sheffield when Clear penned Sunlight.
Sunlight is a marvellous track that’s perfect for the end of summer as we slowly lose sight of the sun and unwillingly welcome in those winter chills. It’s the sort of song that helps you picture the last dregs of sunlight that are clinging on to light up the sky on a summer evening. It’s a relaxing, uplifting and melodic track. The vocals are soft with the acoustic guitar gently massaging and complimenting them. It’s definitely a must hear.