Clatter

Clatter

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Clatter is rock music without guitars. Bass, drums, and female vocals create rhythmic mayhem with melodic melodies -- hard candy with a soft center.

Biography

Amy Humphrey (bass, vocals) and Joe Hayes (drums and percussion) have played in a variety of bands, both together and separately. Their first recording together was with four-piece band Clatter Bean in Seattle. The EP, titled "Salt," was recorded at Bad Animals studio with producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Good Charlotte). This self-released CD received radio airplay nationwide and spawned a tour that stretched from Seattle to CBGB in NYC.

Amy and Joe later left Seattle for central Missouri and hooked up with a new guitarist. They changed the band name to Clatter and recorded the full-length CD "Brood." Again, the record was played on college and commercial radio across the country, and Clatter toured extensively to support the release.

After the departure of the guitarist, Amy and Joe decided to approach hard rock music from a completely different perspective. Their new concept incorporates the driving, rhythmic foundation that has always been a cornerstone of their sound, while introducing effected bass and electronic percussion.

Amy and Joe released their first full-length CD, "Blinded By Vision," in March 2003. The record showcases the duo's heavy, rhythmic, melodic strengths. After touring over 50,000 miles to support the release, Clatter recorded a concert for DVD, titled "Blinded in Boonville," on July 10, 2004.

Following a hiatus for writing, Clatter recorded their second CD "Monarch" over six months in Nashville in 2006. A continuation of the bass/drum exploration Clatter began with "Blinded By Vision," "Monarch" seeps into even more musical crevices with forays into pop, funk, and ballad. 2007 will undoubtedly see Clatter on the road again to support this latest release.

Amy and Joe have always made business decisions based on environmental impact, such as packaging the CDs and DVD in recyclable Digipak, selling organic cotton shirts, and recently replacing their 15-passenger van with a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. They live on 125 acres on which they've planted native grasses and wildflowers and over 7,000 trees, and they converted their dilapidated chicken house into an eco-studio using reclaimed and recycled materials. One of the songs on the new album, titled "House of Trouble," deals with the environmental issues currently facing humanity.

YouTube Video--
From the "Blinded in Boonville" DVD:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldobZy4KKvc

Behind-the-scenes video from Amy and Joe talking about parts on the new album:
Joe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp_JrpjGPXs
Amy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svPE59mkDQI

Lyrics

Death's a Wall

Written By: Amy Humphrey

I wait for the time to pass
A breath of air, a blade of grass
For all the days I thought would never end

Death’s a wall
With a door in it
You just have to find the key
Death’s a place
That we all must come to
It’s not where we cease to be

Instinct takes a hold of me
I fought to live but not to breathe
It doesn’t matter when you start or end

Death’s a wall
With a door in it
You just have to find the key
Death’s a place
That we all must come to
It’s not where we cease to be

Don’t leave me
Don’t follow
I’m empty and hollow
In silence I slip away

Death’s a wall
With a door in it
You just have to find the key
Death’s a place
That we all must come to
It’s not where we cease to be

House of Trouble

Written By: Joe Hayes

Deep roots hold onto the soil
Shallow thinking a dust bowl
No prophets for the future
Heirs to claim a broken kingdom

House of Trouble
Sliding down
Weak constitution
Holds no sway
House of cards
Is blowing away

Stacks unload on the blue sky
Full speed into the black
Coffers are overflowing
But we are choking in the darkness

House of Trouble
Sliding down
House of Trouble
Cracked foundation
Shift in the clay
House of bricks
Is crumbling away
Weak constitution
Holds no sway
House of cards
Is blowing away

Heavy water wash away
Scar the bed and feed the bank
Strip the land - erode the clay
And the heavy water eats away

Caustic reign is trickling
Roar of a silent spring
The ships have all come in
Funny that now the fleet is sinking

House of Trouble
Sliding down
House of Trouble
Cracked foundation
Shift in the clay
House of bricks
Is crumbling away
Weak constitution
Holds no sway
House of cards
Is blowing away

Monarch

Written By: Joe Hayes

Life is a jet stream
We are a monarch’s wings
Hover above the water
Guided by a moonbeam

Life is frail and withering if you waste it
A desert or a paradise is waiting
Life is what you make it
You can save it all for a rainy day
But some droughts are never ending

Strands of silver strings
Billowing in the wind
Caught in the spiral
And you will not transcend

Life is frail and withering if you waste it
A desert or a paradise is waiting
Life is what you make it
You can save it all for a rainy day
But some droughts are never ending

Étend tes ailes
Sens-toi porté
Laisse-toi aller

Seasons are eternal
We are made of stars
The strength of a life most lived
Is written in the scars

Life is frail and withering if you waste it
A desert or a paradise is waiting
Life is what you make it
You can save it all for a rainy day
But some droughts are never ending

Discography

"Blinded By Vision" LP, 2003
"Blinded in Boonville" Concert DVD, 2004
"Monarch" LP, 2006

Set List

We can play selections from both CDs for up to an hour and a half. We only play one cover song, Rush's "Limelight."