Client (band)

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Client
Client 2005 Kulturfabrik Krefeld.JPG
Client performing at Kulturfabrik Krefeld in Germany on 17 September 2005. From left: Sarah Blackwood, Kate Holmes
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Electroclash, synthpop
Years active 2002–present
Labels Toast Hawaii, Mute, Out of Line, SPV, Loser Friendly, SubSpace Communications, Metropolis, Noiselab
Associated acts Frazier Chorus, Technique, Dubstar
Members
  • Kate Holmes (Client A)
  • Nicole Thomas (Client N)
  • Live only
  • Mush Berrier (Client M) – bass
  • Charlotte Hatherley (Client C) – bass
  • Emma Fox (Client F) – bass
  • Client X
  • Xan Tyler – vocals (announced only)
Past members

Client (stylised as CLIEИT) are an English electronic music group from London, formed in 2002. They are most popular in Germany where they have had limited commercial success. They typically combine airline hostess uniforms or shiny fetish fashion outfits with glamour-girl aesthetics and harsh electronics to create a sound reminiscent of early forays into electronic sound manipulation and new wave. Their uniforms have become their trademark.

History[edit]

Client B performing at Hotel Shanghai in Essen, Germany in June 2005

The original band members were formerly known only anonymously as Client A and Client B, to the extent that their faces were not shown on any publicity photos; it has since been revealed that they are, respectively, Kate Holmes, formerly of Frazier Chorus and Technique as Client A, and Sarah Blackwood, lead singer of Dubstar as Client B.

Holmes is married to Alan McGee (founder of Creation Records and discoverer of Oasis). In late 2005 a new member, Client E, joined the group. This is Emily Mann, who was a contestant on the Channel 5 reality show Make Me a Supermodel, an artist, and an active DJ, usually performing as Emily Strange. Client E left the band in June 2007. In November 2007 Charlotte Hatherley joined the band as Client C, to fill the vacant role of bassist on their European and Scandinavian tours.

Client was the first act signed to Depeche Mode member Andy Fletcher's record label, Toast Hawaii. They have toured with the likes of Depeche Mode and Erasure and have been described as a combination of "the Pet Shop Boys at their most commercial and The Human League at their most obscure".[1]

Client have collaborated with several high-profile musicians and directors. Their video for "Pornography" was directed by French director Jamie Deliessche from video production company Schmooze. It features Carl Barât (formerly of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things) on vocals. The song "Down to the Underground" features Pete Doherty, also formerly of The Libertines, now frontman of Babyshambles. The song "Overdrive" features Martin L. Gore of Depeche Mode. The song "Where's the Rock and Roll Gone" features Tim Burgess of The Charlatans. Client have collaborated with Die Krupps, Moonbootica and Replica on selected tracks and also have done a special duet, "Suicide Sister" with Douglas McCarthy of Nitzer Ebb.

It was announced in October 2006 that Client had parted ways with the Toast Hawaii label.[2] In November 2006, Client signed with Out of Line in German-speaking Europe, SubSpace Communications in Scandinavia, Metropolis Records in North America, Noiselab in Latin America and their own label Loser Friendly Records in the UK and Ireland.

In December 2010 it was announced that Blackwood had left the band and a new member was being recruited to front the band.[3] In June 2011 it was suggested that a best-of album was in the making on Mute Records, consisting of material taken from the band's first two studio albums.[4] Additionally, Holmes announced that Xan Tyler would take over live lead vocals for the band, replacing Blackwood. Holmes and Tyler formed the synthpop duo Technique in the mid-1990s.[5]

On 4 September 2013, Client debuted the music video for their single "You Can Dance",[6] which introduced new member Nicole Thomas, known as Client N.[7][8][9] Their fifth studio album, Authority, was released on 21 March 2014 on Out of Line Music.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Live at Club Koko (2006)
  • Live in Porto (2007)
  • Live in Hamburg (2009)

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[11]
GER
[12]
"Price of Love" 2003 189 Client
"Rock and Roll Machine" 124
"Here and Now"
"In It for the Money" 2004 51 City
"Radio" 68
"Pornography" 2005 22
"Lights Go Out" 2006 Heartland
"Zerox Machine" 2007 199
"Drive" 90
"It's Not Over"
"Can You Feel" 2009 Command
"Make Me Believe in You"
"You Can Dance" 2013 Authority
"Refuge" 2014
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Client-online.net
  2. ^ "Client quit Toast Hawaii and complete new album". Side-Line. 3 October 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2006. 
  3. ^ "Sarah Blackwood left Client (official press release)". client-online.eu. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Best of Client in the making on Mute? Perhaps an introduction to...". Side-Line. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Xan Tyler (Technique) joins Client". Side-Line. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Tompson, Nick (11 September 2013). "Exclusive launch of Client's new video!". 55Factory. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Client introduces new vocalist Nicole on single "You Can Dance"". Release Magazine. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Lai, Chi Ming (15 September 2013). "CLIENT You Can Dance". The Electricity Club. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Isacker, B. Van (3 March 2014). "Client return with 'Authority' album". Side-Line. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Authority". Out of Line Music. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  12. ^ "Client | Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Musicline.de. PHONONET GmbH. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 

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