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Sydney, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2016

Sydney, Australia
Established on Jan, 2016
Duo Rock Alternative



The best kept secret in music



CLEWS, a fledgling sister duo from the South Coast, have unleashed their latest track ‘Feel’.

Somewhat resembling an Angus and Julia Stone track, the song titled does what it sets out to do and, despite the opening lyrics being “I don’t want to make you feel”, these two sisters do exactly the opposite.

This one makes you want to take a nice long walk along the beach and think about all the decisions you’ve made in your life so far. Lovely stuff! - Tone Deaf

"CLEWS is the only sister act we want"

It’s kinda weird that we’re 14 days into 2016 and Sister Act hasn’t been on free-to-air TV yet. To be fair, I haven’t seen Cool Runnings or Mrs. Doubtfire pop up yet either, and The Wedding Singer has only been on once so far, which is a little surprising.
But today we’ll try to stave off those Whoopi Goldberg withdrawals with a sister act that you probably haven’t heard before: it’s Lily and Grace Richardson, who’ve banded together to form the super-new sister duo CLEWS.

The Bee Gees. INXS. AC/DC. It seems keeping it in the family works for Aussie bands, and the warm harmonies of sister duo CLEWS is no exception to the fact.

Hailing from South Coast NSW, Lily and Grace have been singing together pretty much since they could talk. We’ve previously heard some sounds from Lily, having released her debut album Falling and the Leaves that Followed back in 2011 when she was just 15.
As triple j Unearthed’s Dave Ruby Howe put it, Lily’s voice has “matured impressively” since then. And as I put it, she’s Washo Jr. Yep, Megan Washington was the first person I thought of upon hearing the beautiful harmonies of Lily and Grace. Though CLEWS exists more in the folksy realm, their vocal harmonies provide that same warmth, jazzy effortlessness and competing elements of light and dark that Washington has made characteristic of her indie pop tunes over the years. - Happy

"Triple J Unearthed"

This was love at first sound. - Dom Alessio, Triple J

Like a crisp spring morning! - Lachie Macara, Triple J

Fell for this instantly, one second was all it took to hook me. A pair of gorgeous voices that meld perfectly with each other and the guitar. This is simple and really appealing. - Nat Tencic, Triple J - Triple J Unearthed

"CLEWS interview"

Keep your ears peeled for Clews’ new song ‘Feel’ coming out soon and make sure to check them out at Sad Grrrls Fest Sydney in October

Who are you and what are you doing here?

We ask ourselves that everyday. But we are CLEWS, just two kids who popped out of the same womb.

How did your music career start?

On the night Grace was born in the autumn of ’99, young Lily held her up like a baby lion and told all the land they would be in a band together some day.

How would you describe your music?

Sometimes it’s girl-and-guitar, sometimes it’s alt rock, sometimes both.

If you had to pick one song you’ve written that best describes your sound, which one would it be?

We just recorded our first single called ‘Feel’. It’s about growing up in our hometown and it’s the first song we’ve recorded with a rockin band.

In this day and age, where pretty much anyone is able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

To be honest we are those people who just picked up our instruments, so we tend to be more skilled on the singing and songwriting side of things. Plus we were raised on four part harmonies and can’t seem to shake them.

Where are people able to hear your songs?

We’re releasing that first song ‘Feel’ very soon so people can keep their ears peeled for it. Until then we have a few demos floating around on SoundCloud:

Are you playing any shows any time soon?

We’ll be at Sad Grrrls Fest in October!

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a musician?

Yesterday we figured out you can just verify yourself on YouTube.

Tell us three bands we should be listening to/keeping an eye out for?

We’re really in love with Kyle Craft’s record that came out this year, and a band called Vundabar from the US. Sui Zhen from Melbourne also has our hearts - Cool Try Bro


Our first single Feel, released in August 2016. It's a song about growing up in a small town and becoming part of the world. 



CLEWS is the fresh new project of south coast sisters Lily and Grace. Raised on the anthemic ballads of the 90s, the girls are singing big choruses and writing songs that will make your heart explode.

Their early demos gained love on the Happy music blog and Triple J Unearthed website and radio, racking up plays and five-star reviews for song demos that are simply electric guitar and sweet, sweet harmonies. 

At last, August 2016 saw the pair release their first single ‘Feel’, a cruisy alt-rock ode to growing up in a small town, which premiered on Tone Deaf and received instant praise. 

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