|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||alt-country indie seen live indie rock alternative rock folk americana singer-songwriter alt country|
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Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, this alternative roots rock unit was formed by Eef Barzelay (vocals/guitar) in 1991, and took its name from a character in William Burroughs novel Naked Lunch. The original line-up of Clem Snide specialized in cacophonic punk rock, but after releasing a pair of 7-inch singles ground to a halt in 1994. Barzelay relocated to New York City, where his music began to reflect his new musical hero, Neil Young. He teamed up with former associate Jason Glasser (violin/cello) as Fruit Key, before recruiting Jeff Marshall (bass) and Brad Reitz (drums) and resurrecting the Clem Snide name. The quartets sound became slower in tempo, mostly acoustic based, and possessing elements of country. It was not until nearly seven years since their original formation that Clem Snide signed a recording contract, issuing their debut, You Were A Diamond, on the independent Tractor Beam label. Original drummer Eric Paul was then drafted...