Clues (band)

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Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres indie rock, experimental
Years active 2007–2010
Labels Constellation
Members Alden Penner
Brendan Reed
Ben Borden
Lisa Gamble
Nick Scribner
Past members Bethany Or, Alden Penner

Clues was an indie rock band from Montreal, Canada formed by Alden Penner, Brendan Reed, and Bethany Or,[1][2] Lisa Gamble and Nick Scribner in 2008. The band was dedicated to supporting independent artists in Montreal. Constellation Records released the band's only album Clues on May 19, 2009. The band disbanded in 2010.

Formation (2007–2008)[edit]

Clues was founded by Alden Penner and Brendan Reed, both active for years in the Montreal music industry. Alden was the founder of The Unicorns, a band that was very popular during the beginning of the 21st century. Brendan has been a member of a number of groups, including The Arcade Fire. They began building Clues quietly and in near-secrecy during the summer of 2007.

By 2008, friends Ben Borden, Lisa Gamble, and Nick Scribner were recruited from the Montreal art and music scenes to form the band.


During live shows and on recordings, the band shared and traded-off on an extensive array of instruments and created an original music that expanded Montreal’s already diverse pop music lexicon. Clues incorporated multiple drummers, horns, a table of fried electronics (including a Commodore 64 and an OLPC), saw and pianette alongside their electric guitars and basses.

After foundation Clues collaborated with and supported fellow independent artists. In 2008, Reed started VillaVillaNola, a digital music store featuring recordings by predominantly local artists who have flourished underground but who otherwise receive sparse attention. Strong ties to the independent music community, led Clues to collaborate with Montreal’s Constellation, who released the band’s debut record in May 2009. In the autumn of 2009, Lisa left the band and was replaced by Jon Boles.

The band toured North America and Europe, and decided to create something new. [3]

Debut album (2009)[edit]

Clues's self-titled debut album was released on May 19, 2009 on Constellation Records. Radwan Moumneh recorded the record at the Hotel2Tango in 2008, with additional recording with Mark Lawson at Arcade Fire's Petite Église studio. A few months before the album was released, Clues did a very small tour in North America along with label mates Elfin Saddle, playing mostly at small colleges. The band then returned to Montreal. In the Summer of 2009, Clues toured North America more extensively in support of the album but continued to play exclusively at small, all-ages venues. In autumn a European tour followed.

Clues disbanded about a year after their only album was released.


Studio albums[edit]


  1. ^ "Alden Penner plays solo & with CLUES, MP3, Pop Montreal". 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  2. ^ "The Clues | Unearthed". Retrieved 2014-04-06. 
  3. ^ Clues "CLUES | Constellation Records". Retrieved 2014-04-06. 

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