Stephen Clair

Stephen Clair

Sat · October 12, 2019

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Stephen Clair
Stephen Clair
There was a time when rock and roll records were demanding, and maybe confrontational. But, they certainly rocked. Remember that feeling when you first heard Patti Smith sing, "Jesus Christ died for our sins but not mine", that little minefield she lay in our path? But also, how turned on you were? Stephen Clair’s new record, Strange Perfume - is one of those. In an era where rough edges, attitudes and perceptions are made to be easily digested with a first lesson, while you're probably in the middle of doing six other things - can a rock record still matter/cut through? We live in age where everything must come easy, look, smell and sound good in a single tweet. Strange Perfume is here to remind us, in part, what rock and roll is - and why it matters!
To build the record that would become Strange Perfume, Clair went looking for a Producer who would help him make the record he wanted to make. He had this great working band and the songs were ready. The right producer could help keep things focused, and hopefully nudge Clair and company to give their best performances in the studio. Turns out recording legend, Malcolm Burn lived just an hour’s drive upriver from Clair’s Beacon NY home. ‘Well, here’s the guy,’ Clair thought. Burn’s producer resume is about as hard to pin down as Clair’s song catalog. It was also Burn’s producer credits (Emmylou Harris, Chris Whitley, Bob Dylan, even Iggy Pop and Patti Smith), that made Clair scratch his head, and reach out. In fairytale rock ’n’ roll fashion, Burn dug the songs and they went and did it.
Stephen's band’s skills combined with Malcolm’s amazing old microphone collection, his basement studio setup, his funky kickass gear & the ideas bloomed and raged. Burn tells us “Clair’s music is deceptively simple yet carries a lot of subtext and meaning. The autobiographical stance of his lyrics makes the music at once catchy and compelling, yet also transmit on a much deeper level. There is an edginess and strong pop sensibility in the classic punk sense that makes his music quite timeless. It also translates well in the live venue.” The resulting album is darkly joyous.
Venue Information:
The Map Room at The Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003