The Clay People

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Live @ the QE2 99' Photo by Nadine Swiger
The Clay People
Also known as Clay People
Origin Albany, New York
Genres Industrial Rock, Industrial Metal
Associated acts Iron Lung Corp, OWL[disambiguation needed]
  • Daniel Neet
  • Dan Dinsmore
  • Mike Guzzardi
  • Brian McGarvey
  • Eliot L. Engelman

Past members
  • Peter E. Porto
  • Brendan Slater
  • D. Patrick Walsh
  • Walter Flakus
  • J. Alexander Eller
  • Eric Schwanke
  • Karla Williams
  • Duane Beer
  • Will Nivens
  • Kevin Bakarian
  • John Stevens
  • Kevin Micheal Scott
  • Jon McClendon

The Clay People is an industrial rock band based in Albany, New York. Singer-programmer Daniel Neet has been the only constant member throughout the band's history, leading the group as its sound has evolved to incorporate gothic, industrial and metal influences. Neet is also a member of the band Iron Lung Corp.

Originally known as "Clay People," the group added "The" to their name with the release of a self-titled 1998 album, marking a change in direction toward a less-synthetic/sampled approach to live performance with a lineup featuring Neet, Brian McGarvey (guitar), Mike Guzzardi (guitar), D. Patrick Walsh (bass) and Dan Dinsmore (drums). The Clay People (1998 album) was produced by Neil Kernon for Slipdisc Records (a Mercury affiliate); Kernon also worked with Queensrÿche and David Bowie, among many others. It was the band's most commercially successful release, and songs from the record were included in the soundtracks to films Strangeland and Universal Soldier: The Return, as well as on the soundtracks to several video games.

The band went on hiatus in the early 2000s as members pursued solo and side projects or launched new bands, including Idols Never Die[1] and Black Incorporated featuring both Guzzardi and Dinsmore. A new album from The Clay People, Waking the Dead, was released on May 22, 2007 via Overit Records with a lineup featuring only Neet, Dinsmore and McGarvey from the 1998 band.

Alongside the new release was a music video for the album's first single, "Supersonic Overdrive," directed by Jay Bender of Phobic Films.

In June of 2012, The Clay People reformed to perform the Jamie Duffy memorial show "Cold Waves". This show would include a line-up never seen before of the who's who of the industrial scene including long time friends Acumen Nation, 16 Volt, Chemlab, Hate Dept., Go Fight, I:Scintilla, Cyanotic, and members of the Revolting Cocks. This show would make The Clay People active again putting them back into the studio.


  • Daniel Neet: Vocals/Programming
  • Dan Dinsmore: Drums
  • Brian McGarvey: Guitar
  • Mike Guzzardi: Guitar
  • Eliot L. Engelman: Bass

Former members[edit]

  • Peter E. Porto: Bass (co-founder)
  • Brendan Slater: Bass
  • D. Patrick Walsh: Bass
  • Eric Schwanke: Bass
  • John Delehanty: Guitar
  • Walter Flakus (ex-Stabbing Westward): Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
  • J. Alexander Eller: Keyboards and Programming
  • Karla Williams: Guitar
  • Duane Beer: Guitar
  • Kevin Bakarian: Drums
  • John Stevens: Guitar
  • Kevin Micheal Scott: Guitar
  • Jon McClendon: Drums


  • The Calling b/w Nothing 7" (1990)
  • Toybox EP (1991) Production credit George Hagegeorge
  • Firetribe (1993) Production credit George Hagegeorge
  • Cringe (Germany Release) (1995) production credit George Hagegeorge, Van Christie, Jason McNinch
  • Iron Icon (1995) production credit Van Christie, Jason McNinch
  • Strange Day (1996) production credit George Hagegeorge
  • Stone Ten Stitches (1997) production credit George Hagegeorge
  • The Clay People (1998) production credit Neil Kernon
  • The Headhunter Demos (2001)
  • Waking the Dead (2007)

Compilation Appearances[edit]

  • Shut Up Kitty (Various Artists) (1994) - "Paranoid"
  • Tribute To Black Sabbath: Eternal Masters (Various Artists) (1994) - "Paranoid"[2]
  • Thugs 'N' Kisses (Various Artists) (1995) - "Pale God (Raw Version)"
  • Operation Beatbox (Various Artists) (1996) - "Jump Around"
  • Strangeland (Various Artists, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1998) - "Awake"
  • Universal Soldier II: The Return (Various Artists, (Original Television Soundtrack) (1998) - "Awake"
  • ColdWaves II (Various Artists) (1997/2013) - "Stone" (Remix by Chris "Boom" Paige)


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