This Is Seb Clarke

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This Is Seb Clarke
OriginStoke-on-Trent, England
Years active2004–present
LabelsSons Ltd.

This Is Seb Clarke or (TISC) are a 12-piece soul-punk ensemble from Stoke-On-Trent, North Staffordshire. Their line-up plays Hammond organ, piano, bass, drums, lead guitar, rhythm guitar and has a brass section. The group are named after their frontman and principal songwriter, Sebastian Clarke.[1]


Playing soulful ballads with an acoustic guitar and blues harp. A tour of acoustic tents at numerous festivals culminated in a performance at T in the Park in 2004. Later that year, the line-up expanded to incorporate a bass player and drummer, but this trio rapidly grew into the twelve-piece. The band sound was getting faster, louder and more energetic and soon developed into a curious blend of Northern Soul and punk.[citation needed]

As a nod towards old Northern soul posters, 19960s Stax album cover designs and Spinal Tap, the band had begun to advertise itself, with tongue firmly in cheek, as "This Is Seb Clarke".[citation needed] This, in due course, lead to the name. The band embarked on a UK tour, played a sell out gig at the London venue, The Borderline, as well as a performance at Guilfest, which found them vote the second best band at the festival by BBC Radio 2, after Blondie and before The Stranglers.[citation needed]

This Is Seb Clarke's debut album, Rover was released in 2005. "Spring Morning Sunshine" reached #12 in the UK Indie Chart in 2006. The follow-up single, "I Just Can’t Carry On", from their second album, Vox, entered the indie chart at #7. Their third single "Rock 'n' Roll Alamo - pt 7" reached #1 on the same chart on 5 April 2008.[2]



Date of Release Title Label UK Indie Chart
24 January 2005 Rover SONS Ltd 12
Winter 2010 Vox TBA


Date of Release Title Label UK Indie Chart
15 June 2006 "Spring Morning Sunshine" SONS Ltd 12
21 January 2007 "I Just Can't Carry On" 5
24 March 2008 "Rock 'n' Roll Alamo - pt 7" 1
12 April 2010 "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" 29


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