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"Midwest Beatdown"

Here is a little blurb by Nick J from the Midwest Beatdown regarding our show at Bash on the Farm:

The Bash on the Farm was a complete family vibe. It was intoxicating in itself. Families even brought kids as young as toddlers to the event. The main stage was overflowing with rock starting with Mason City's Senseless Beauty, which suprisingly only turned away a few older folks when the screams came blairing out of the PA. During their set I wondered over to the stage to check out Minneapolis' Claret who completely caught me off guard. Claret's music was filled with emotion and it was hard not to get sucked in. Frontman Nyko is a vibrant frontman who's outpouring was infectious. Guitarist Irish was perhaps the best guitarist I had seen all day. Their live show is where Claret shines, the band easily should have been on the main stage.
- Nick J


Blue Red Grey: Released 2009



Reigning from their stomping grounds of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and named after a 1964 British, Military Operation, Claret was formed in 2007. Writing and recording songs that are saturated in themes of battle and the human struggles for love, juxtaposed with feelings of detachment, ambience and aggression, Claret has already begun to create a passionate, rock and roll, signature sound.

Influenced heavily by such industry artists who include, The Doors, Counting Crows, Elbow, Miles Davis and The Beatles, Claret has already recorded a home-made demo that was recorded and produced by Nyko, the bands lead vocalist. The compilation spawned the success of an alternate, cover version of the previously released, Hold Fast, as well as Claret's first collective track, Open.

As a follow up to their debut project, the band officially released their 2008, EP, Frozen War; an album that was recorded at The Substance Audio Labs in Monticello, MN. The EP garnered acclaim for the release of songs that include, Picket Fences, as well as the album's title track. Frozen War has become an explosive track that ultimately remains frozen in the memory of the fans, everytime the band performs the song live.

Compared to the Foo Fighters, U2, Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead, Claret is on the pulse of redefining the genre and style of Rock and Roll.

As Claret has just completed performing center stage at a slew of summer music festivals across the upper mid-west, they are presently writing new material for the release of their first, full-fledged, studio LP. The band has been privileged to expose their sound to cross-cultured audiences, by competing in various tournaments and battle of the band series. Claret has already taken the top prize at The Raging Battle, Bridgewood Battle and Showcase Battle of the Band competitions.

The group prides themselves on presenting their music in a way that envelops their listeners into their aura of faith, as well as the hope of victory. Ultimately, Claret wants to be able to deliver their music globally, sustaining a livelihood of success that is solely based on their lyrical and rhythmic revolution.