Clara Berry

Clara Berry

 Exeter, New Hampshire, USA
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Portland Magazine calls her music "Sparkling and dark, intriguing and entrancing". With Clara Berry's featherlike vocals, enchanting melodies and the precise & unique rhythms of her partner Joe O'Neill (Wooldog) it's easy to understand why. Their music has been featured on The Bob Edwards Show, Soundcheck, The River Boston and more.

Biography

Clara Berry grew up by the sea in Southern Maine, writing delicate, twisting melodies and enchanting story-based lyrics. Meanwhile Joe O'Neill, the primary force of Wooldog, grew up on Boston's South Shore garnering influence from Billy Martin and John Zorn whilst wailing on pickle buckets in the Cambridge streets. The two met at a show in Lowell, MA and later found their styles to be perfectly complimentary.

Not long after they would commence recording with producer Bradford Swanson (The Bad Plus, Mason Jennings) on a full-length album released in October of 2013. The Wire NH & The Portland Press Herald named it among the best local records of 2013. The first track off the album, "Air Traffic" was used in the first free online music production course presented by NYU-Steinhardt, MIT-Media Lab and P2PU. 

Their music has been featured on The Bob Edwards Show, Soundcheck, The River Boston and a number of local stations throughout New England. In December of 2013 the duo recorded and released the single "Riches & The Girls" with Dean Baltulonis (The Hold Steady, Gay Blades) a preview of things to come in 2014.

Lyrics

Air Traffic

Written By: Clara Berry

air traffic control
i'm coming down
was waiting on your word
flying round and round

this may not be
the best timing
but the heavens are full
and i need the ground

air traffic control
if you were in my place
if you could feel my wings
you too would fall from grace
so blessings or not
i'm coming down
the heavens are full
and i need the ground

take off your oxygen masks
and your life jackets please
there'll be only pain
if you survive the seas
kiss your neighbor goodbye

let go of your seats
let go of your seats

empty promises
false words that you said
come tumbling down
from bins overhead

limbs broken and scarred
hearts opened and marred
to find who we are
they'll dismember our bones
and take us apart
take us apart
take us apart
take us apart

let go of your seats
let go of your seats

Go Slow

Written By: Clara Berry

go slow
bones are shaking
all the old folks breaking up
the new molds
holmes you're older
and i don't give a shit
about the skin
on your teeth

hold me till the sun
goes down on you
i said hold me till the sun
goes down on you
cause it will follow, the night

onwards to the night

The Magician's Wife

Written By: Clara Berry

reachin' for your arms again
i find you at the pavement's end
their curves as i'd remembered them
a daisy coyly hidden in your sleeve

but you'll not trick me
this time with your handkerchief
my dear

for i am
the magician's wife
and to be fooled
is my lot in life

mumblin' incantations in my hand
draw the curtain closed and be my man

Riches & The Girls

Written By: Clara Berry

Well I Know
It's not worth a lot
cause the deal's been shot
but I can't let it go
it's caught in the head it plays
over and over and over again

so what do we do it for
for the riches and the girls
for the riches and the girls
for the riches and the girls
for the riches and the girls
for the riches and the girls
for the riches and the girls

well the papers
may claim that it's all for naught
that there is no gain
while they rake in your fame
and the greenback babes
that a headline brings

cause even kings gotta eat
even kings gotta dream
gotta tap these waters fore we head downstream
the piper's hangin' from the sycamore tree
but the children keep on keep on keep on
dreamin dreamin
dreamin dreamin

of the riches and the girls
of the riches and the girls
of the riches and the girls
of the riches and the girls
of the riches and the girls
of the riches and the girls