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Clor-ing their way to the top.


WHEN music magazines and serious national newspapers start doling out reviews like "ridiculously perfect" and "Britain's best new band" then you have to take notice Clor, above, a five-piece who banded together from various points around the country in south London's club land, are the latest hipsters to be lauded to the high heavens.

Fair enough, every week someone gets this kind of appraisal, but Clor are genuinely worthy of the praise heaped on them.

Their eponymously titled debut album got the five star treatment from the critics on its release in July based in no small part on its diverse range of 80s synths, weird beeps and guitars which manages to be reminiscent of the Human League, Prince and XTC.

The perfect post-modern statement, they have thrown everything but the kitchen sink into the mix and hoping that it works - it does. With a tour supporting former US indie legend and former Pavement frontman Steven Malkmus just about to finish, they are all set for a date in Liverpool next Wednesday, October 5.

Frontman Barry Dobbin, a Mancunian exiled in London for years after studying art in the city, says the album is the perfect statement of the band's influences and a triumph of fate over naked ambition.

"There's no agenda or rules in the band. There are a range of influences and we will explore them all and hopefully we can make something that is contemporary in feel.

"We just came from different musical backgrounds and began playing the music that we liked. We didn't feel that what we fitted in with anything and we didn't know if anyone would like. That people love it is fantastic."

But like it they did, with the salivating style press failing over themselves for a piece of Clor. Dobbin however says that while this has been a fantastic effect of the album, there was no attempt by the band to hatch a masterplan for stardom.

"We didn't start off with any big plan or plot. We were DJing in a club in Brixton and came together and did a four track EP and gave it to the promoter and he passed it on to someone else and the next thing we were being offered a contract for an EP then an album.

"The record company also gave us full freedom to do the album. I think we were lucky to be making the right sounds at the right time."

Signed to Regal Records their next single "Good Stuff" is on sale on October 10.

Attempting to sum up the whirlwind that has been the musical life of Clor, he says "It's a bit of a fairytale. We have creative freedom to create what we want and it's all positive. We have taken the path of least resistance and got to where we want to bep CLOR play Liverpool Academy, on October 5
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 30, 2005
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