Last February, we released an EP of the audio from ’ early-2017 video session in Johnny Iguana’s piano room. This was a special session, one of the band’s personal favorites. The intimate tracks on Pull Closer to Me: Live in the Piano Room capture mallets-and-brushes performances of Claudettes songs and classics by Pink Floyd, Ruby & the Romantics, T. Rex and the Sundays.
We’re pleased to announce that the set has been nominated by the Independent Music Awards for Live EP of the year! This is the 16th year of the IMAs, and a Yellow Dog Records release has been recognized in 10 of those years — including nods for ’ previous two albums, Infernal Piano Plot… HATCHED! and NO HOTEL. Does that qualify them for a hat trick?
When Pull Closer to Me was released, we described it as “the gentle side” of this very dynamic band. We said that three of this EP’s songs would “come out in VERY different form” on their upcoming electric album. In just a matter of weeks, those electric versions are coming, along with nine other tracks that present “the wild side” of the Claudettes, as captured in throwback analog fashion by Grammy-winning Black Keys producer Mark Neill. Prepare yourself for a DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM!, landing on March 23!
Don’t look now, but the Claudettes have been implicated in a Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium! That’s the title of the band’s thoroughly untamed new album, their fourth release (and third full-length) on Yellow Dog Records. have self-produced thus far, but this time they accepted Mark Neill’s invitation to come down to his storied Soil of the South studio in Valdosta, GA. Mark won a Grammy as producer of the Black Keys’ biggest album, “Brothers,” and has helmed acclaimed releases by Paladins, Los Straitjackets, Old 97’s, J.D. McPherson and many more.
Dance Scandal is rootsy like the Cramps and Violent Femmes were rootsy — that is to say, this is a “Roots Gone Wild” affair, anchored in blues, soul and jazz but punked-out, fuzzed-out… a knockout… listen and pre-order HERE!
The main thing at the top of’ minds right now: Doris the Van. She’s only got 178,000 miles on her, but she’s a ’99, and not as young as she used to be. Still, they’ve got the blessing of their Chicago mechanic and they’ve got the dates to put Doris to the test, starting with a few Midwest venues and festivals including the Wicker Park Fest in Chicago, Atwood Fest in Madison, WI and the posh Vieux Carre in St. Paul, MN before heading out on an extensive West Coast tour.
In typical Claudettes-ian fashion, they’re hitting blues clubs and festivals (Catfish Lou’s in Portland, the Calgary International Blues Festival, the Big Sky Rhythm & Blues Festival in Montana and, once back in the Midwest, Ribberfest in Madison, IN) as well as esteemed rock clubs (Viper Room in West Hollywood, El Corazon/Funhouse in Seattle, Lost Lake in Denver, Amnesia in San Francisco and Beauty Bar in Las Vegas). Then: it’s back to the East Coast in the fall…
Along with songs from their forthcoming album produced by Mark Neill (Black Keys, Old 97’s, Paladins, Los Straitjackets), first three releases on Yellow Dog Records. All the Claudettes tour dates (more to come) can be found right HERE . Tell your friends in those towns, and if you can make a show, don’t miss it — you’ll see why crowds at the aforementioned rock clubs and blues fests alike highly dig the vibes of the Claudettes live!will be playing new songs as well as a bevy of beauties from their