Clor

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Clor
Origin Brixton, England
Genres Post-punk revival
Electro-pop
Years active 2003–2006
Labels Parlophone
Past members Barry Dobbin (vocals, guitar)
Luke Smith (guitar and backing vocals)
Max Taylor (bass)
Bob Earland (keyboards)
Harry Bennet (drums, vocals)

Clor was a short-lived five-piece band from Brixton, England, formed by Barry Dobbin and Luke Smith in 2003 and which signed to the Parlophone record label after only six gigs.[1][2] The band released a self-titled first album, in 2005 to critical acclaim.[3][4][5] The album was placed first in a list of the "Greatest Albums You've Never Heard" by the NME in 2010.[6][7]

The genesis of Clor began with a club night entitled Bad Bunny, run by Dobbin and Smith, who wanted to incorporate their own music into their DJ sets.[1][8] They began recording in Smith's apartment and soon invited associates from the club night into their fold, expanding to a five-piece.[1] Dobbin came upon the name Clor as it "...sounded raw, primitive, and futuristic at the same time".[1] The demo Welcome Music Lovers was recorded in 2004, initially with the idea of being sent out to other clubs to book shows.[1] However, word of mouth saw the offer of a record deal with label Parlophone after just six gigs.[1][2][9] The Welcome Music Lovers EP saw release later in 2004, with singles Love + Pain and Outlines preceding debut album Clor in 2005.[10] In May 2006, the band announced that it had split.[11] Their manager stated that the future paths of Dobbin and Smith were unclear, though would likely involve musical pursuits.[12] Smith has since produced Shitdisco's album, Kingdom of Fear (released April 2007), Foals album Total Life Forever (released May 2010), as well as both albums by singer-songwriter frYars.[13][14][15][16] Dobbin went on to form and front a new band called Barringtone.[17][18]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • "Welcome Music Lovers" - July 2004

Singles[edit]

  • "Love & Pain" - April 2005 (UK #48)
  • "Outlines" - July 2005 (UK #43)
  • "Good Stuff" - October 2005 (UK #50)[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Phares, Heather. "Clor: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  2. ^ a b Serck, Linda. "Interview - Clor". MusicOMH. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Clor - Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ Pattison, Louis (27 July 2005). "Clor: Clor". nme.com. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ Ubi, Sam (31 July 2005). "Clor: Clor". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  6. ^ "In this week's NME... (28/12/10)". nme.com. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  7. ^ "Tomorrow's NME The 100 Greatest Albums You've Never Heard... / Music Forum // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  8. ^ "Clor Interview". ireallylovemusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  9. ^ Cummings, Bill (27 July 2005). "Interviews: Clor". godisinthetvzine.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  10. ^ "Clor Discography". discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  11. ^ "Clor split up". nme.com. 2006-05-11. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  12. ^ Melia, Daniel (11 May 2006). "Clor Split Due To 'Musical Differences'". gigwise.com. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  13. ^ "Shitdisco - Kingdom Of Fear". discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  14. ^ "Foals/Total Life Forever - SP875". subpop.com. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  15. ^ "Fryars: Dark Young Hearts". drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  16. ^ "Fryars: Universal Music Publishing". umusicpub.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  17. ^ East, Ben (1 July 2008). "One To Watch: Barringtone". metro.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  18. ^ Lester, Paul (23 April 2008). "New Band of the Day No. 309: Barringtone". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  19. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 111. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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