“4.5/5 stars. This EP will become a landmark.” – Poppy Reid, Rolling Stone
”Imogen Clark may not have tailored her record to this era but her vibrant, bracing songs – kind of like a dip in a cold September sea – might just be one of the things to carry us through it.” – Divya Venkataraman, Sydney Morning Herald
“A rock gem from Imogen Clark. Her voice is incredible… I just love how raw that one is.” – Karla Ranby, Triple J
Imogen Clark is an Australian indie rock artist from Western Sydney. Her music ranges from intimate to arena-ready, rock anthems with the soul of a confessional singer-songwriter. Beginning April 22, 2022, she will perform 100 shows in 100 days.
An artist who regularly performed 75+ shows in a year, Imogen has barely managed 20 over the last two. Even that number is a testament to her determination to do the only thing that for her makes life worth living – coming together with other people to put her heart on her sleeve and exhaust herself physically and emotionally making music that will move people.
“I don’t know who I am when I can’t do this,” she says. “It’s not just a job, it’s what makes me feel alive. That connection with an audience of strangers, where you don’t know somebody but you know they feel how you feel, and with the people on stage bringing these songs to life with you, my life feels empty without it, so it’s time to make up for lost time”.
Imogen’s new single Enemy is the positive sum of all these feelings, an indie rock anthem about breaking out of a gaslighting relationship. Co-written with indie star Alex Lahey just prior to the pandemic, it has become a mainstay of Imogen’s irregular live shows, transforming into increasingly faster and leaner versions of the song. By early 2022, Imogen was ready to get into the studio and capture that energy on record.
“I feel like the moments of catharsis I’ve had playing this song and what it does to the crowd is exactly what I needed to put out as my next single. I got this cast of musicians, some I know, some I’ve played with before and some I just admired, and I’m so lit up by how this track turned out”.
Produced by former Gang of Youths guitar slinger and Broth Records head Joji Malani and mixed by Middle Kids’ Tim Fitz, the track features Adam Newling on guitar, Superorganism’s Earl Cho on bass and keyboards and Middle Kids’ Harry Day on drums, along with Ali Barter on backing vocals.
“Joji I knew in passing pre-COVID, but we really got to know each other hanging out in Sydney over the last couple of years. I met Tim and Harry after an incredible Middle Kids show in Sydney just before the last lockdown, Ali and I had performed together at my last Holiday Hootenanny and Earl and Adam were just cold calls, different perspectives and textures I knew would bring something really interesting to the track. The result is such a unique blend of everyone’s contributions, but all in service of the song Alex and I wrote.”
The 100 Shows in 100 Days tour will encompass full band headline shows, solo touring, support slots, festivals, surprise pop-up shows, live streams and more, all around Australia and the USA. The tour kicks off on 22 April with a sold-out single launch at Low 302 in Surry Hills, then moves on to Wollongong on Saturday, with upcoming dates in Melbourne, Ulladulla, Windsor, Los Angeles and more, with many many more shows to be announced.
It’s the most ambitious project yet from an artist who has spent the most challenging two years the music industry has ever faced refusing to rest on her laurels, releasing critically acclaimed EPs The Making of Me and Bastards, two Christmas singles, a live record and even touring, including sold out EP launch shows in Sydney and the first two editions of her now annual Holiday Hootenanny shows, featuring guests including Ali Barter, I Know Leopard, Mo’Ju and Montaigne.
The 26-year-old started 2020 in LA, recording with producer Mike Bloom (Julian Casablancas, Jenny Lewis) and a cast of rock legends, recording The Making of Me and what would become Bastards, which was later finished across the globe from Sydney over Zoom. The EPs form two halves of an artistic rebirth for Clark, featuring her most raw and intense music to date, covering addiction, suicide, misogyny and doomed romance.
Amongst the murderer’s row of collaborators on the records include Men at Work’s Colin Hay, Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith, Rilo Kiley’s Jason Boesel and Melbourne indie-pop artist Eilish Gilligan as co-writers, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Elvis Costello and the Attractions drummer Pete Thomas lending their legendary chops to the recordings.