Charlie Clark releases a new single, ‘Don’t Have a Cow, Man!’, via Alan McGee’s new label It’s Creation Baby.
It’s the first track to come from album ‘Late Night Drinking’, due for release later in 2021.
Clark is also a member of Glasgow-based four piece Astrid, who released Astrid, who in 2019 released their first new material in 14 years, in album ‘Fall Stand Dance‘.
He has also over the years launched his own projects Broken Arrow and MJ12, and acted as a guest musician with the likes of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Snow Patrol and was a key part of Gary Lightbody’s supergroup The Reindeer Section.
Most recently he was based in Los Angeles, working as one of the city’s best-regarded promoters, but returned to Scotland while at a major crossroads in his life and battling a growing addiction problem which he has spoken frankly about.
“I wrote the chorus of ‘Don’t Have A Cow, Man!’ just before moving back to Scotland from Los Angeles and finished it in Stornoway,” Clark recalls. “I came home to help care for my father who was terminally ill so I had some serious s**t to get together.”
“A friend said it’s like ‘Sit Down’ by James on very strong sedatives!” he continues. “Having said all that I also wanted it to have a good groove and make people dance! It’s a slice of indie pop definitely inspired by more 60’s style pop. I hope people see it as a positive message as obviously I chose to live!”.
“I honestly had no intention of making an album but when I moved back from LA permanently I wrote 11 songs that told a story like a journal. 10 years of living in California, the breakdown of a relationship, losing my father, relapsing after a decade of abstinence, working for seven years at Harvard & Stone in LA. The only venue I’ve worked at where the staff are more rock n roll than the bands. The songs told that story and there’s a very positive message underneath it all of hope and love.”
The new album contains additional appearances from Astrid bandmate Willie Campbell on vocals, Calum Buchanan from The Sea Atlas (on “general weirdness”), plus his brother Kevin Clark of The Broken Ravens on drums.
‘Late Night Drinking’ was produced by Jason Shaw from Cambodian Space Project and mastered by Mark Gardener from Ride.