Clare Bowditch

Clare Bowditch

 Fitzroy North, Victoria, AUS
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Captivating stories set to captivating music

Biography

“Clare Bowditch dreams up one of the albums of the year . . . Again”
**** Rolling Stone 2007

To Australian audiences, Clare is best known as a folk flavoured song-writing original who has released a slew of fantastic, thoughtful and cohesive albums through Capital Records/EMI. She has won Australia’s ARIA Award for best female talent in 2006, was nominated twice in 2008, was runner up in the International Song-writing Competition in the singer/songwriter category, has played every major festival in Australia, sold a stack of records and is generally loved and admired as much for her charm and leadership as her music, everywhere she goes.

But things are changing in the Bowditch camp. The first taste from a new album is meant to set the tone of what’s to follow, and that’s exactly what Clare Bowditch’s new song “The Start of War” achieves, in a very dramatic way.

In late 2008 Clare slayed a European tour with fellow Aussie and ARIA winner, Goyte, and then set up shop in that greatest of artistic cities, Berlin. After a chance encounter, Clare happened to rent the apartment of producer Mocky, most famous for his work on Feist's “The Reminder” album (as well as working with Peaches, Jamie Lidell, Gonzales, and a host of others). By day she wrote songs on Mocky’s piano (with Feist’s triple-platinum album award sitting above her) and by night, she and her Casio performed in hidden underground bars in the lost parts of Berlin, refining her sound for the morning to come.

Not surprisingly, what Clare produced during this time is a courageous and exciting contrast to what has gone before.

The Start of War is a fascinating and addictive reflection on the problem of being human, recorded with long-time co-conspirator Marty Brown and the great, GREAT, Mick Harvey (ex-Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). With an honest, stripped-back arrangement, most of the song’s tension is drawn from the panoramic overlaying of backing vocals. One Bowditch just isn’t enough!

Clare’s forthcoming album is still being recorded with Melbourne’s cut and paste maestro, Qua. Then after a UK/European tour, Clare will be recreating David Bowies' amazing vocal sound from “Heroes” in Berlin's famous Hansa Studios, with Mocky at the helm.

Lyrics

When The Lights Went Down

Written By: Clare Bowditch

This won’t bring our dog back.
This won’t unstitch time.
If I had a dollar now for
every time I’d hollered out your name
I’d buy us a word mine.
Our mine she’d be rubies,
but deep down you’d find pearls
‘cause underneath this cave
there are a thousand crashing waves.
One of them knows you.

When the lights went down you shone
like a mirrored train at dawn
with your back carriages closed
but your front ones
always on show.

This won’t bring our dog back
and this won’t unstitch time
but deep in side the rabbit’s heart
where all the windows blew apart
there’s someone making your diamonds.
You lay them on the foreshore
for your girl’s mother to see
thinking underneath this cave
there are a thousand crashing waves.
One of them knows me.

From the thirteenth floor at dawn
The Moon Looked On,
she looked on,
with our dog alive in our arms

The Start of War

Written By: Clare Bowditch

Big men talking all of the time and none of us are sure what they are saying.
Take these chlidren by the hand - remind them what it is to be just playing

Every day we are fighting wars with people who did not cause the start of war.
The start of war, the start of war
The start of war, the start of war

The pen is mightier than the sword
Still we're spilling blood all over the words.
They're words.
And the children say goodbye to their Dads.
Do the newspeople weep into their hands?
It's absurd.

Every day we are fighting wars with people who did not cause the start of war.
The start of war, the start of war.
The start of war, the start of war.
Every day we are fighting wards with people who did not cause the start of war.
The start of war, the start of war.
The start of war the start of war.

If You are The One, then "One", surely you'll be
Warmer than a gun, cracker than an army.
It's not war, it's not war,
It is us.

Everyday, we are fighting wars with people who did not cause The Start of War.

Discography

Human Being (EP, 2003)
Monday Comes (EP, 2003)
Autumn Bone (2004) - independent release
Which Way to Go (EP, 2004)
Divorcee by 23 (EP, 2005)
On This Side (EP, 2005)
What Was Left (2005) - Capitol/EMI - Australia #35
The Moon Looked On (2007) - Capitol/EMI - Australia #29
The Start of War (2009) - Island Records (Aust)

Set List

TBC. All original material by Clare Bowditch.