Joe Cleere

Joe Cleere

 Carlow, Leinster, IRL
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Joe Cleere (Band) are an award winning Irish four piece who can only be described as themselves. Cleere writes from the heart regardless of genre and prides himself on producing songs with poetic story lines and true emotion. An energetic raw live act with pro recordings and original character.

Biography

Joe Cleere

Queue

Life is a queue, waiting and working for one social step after another. And while the world’s wealth dissipates before our eyes, as it is passed from front to back. We become very aware of our place and anxious of the thousands in front of us. But rarely do we turn around to see the billions behind watching our backs.


“Queue”, the debut single from Joe Cleere, is the first offering from the long awaited album East/West. Described as a “Songsmith” by Jackie Hayden (Hotpress), Cleere is known for his acute lyrics and Social/Political themes, in this realm “Queue” is certainly no exception, lyrically chartering the distribution of the worlds wealth accross nations.


Avoiding the usual singer-songwriter perch, “the plight of the lone guitar- vocalist”. Cleere pumps out bass and shreds guitars, while delicately conducting choirs and feathering pianos. Think of Neil Young, Radiohead and Bob Marley, balance their vibes with their meanings and you’ll land in East / West.


As part of the bands introduction into the Irish music scene and to stimulate open conversation about Irelands, often unappreciated, independent artists and their efforts to release themselves, the band will be giving away 10,000 copies of their debut single “Queue” across the country. This campaign is set to start in November 2008 and will continue until, literally all the discs are gone!

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Contact
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Web: www.joe-cleere.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/joecleere

Email: cleere_joe@yahoo.ie

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A Brief Over View
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Cleere, currently 21, has won the Artlinks Bursary Award 2008, the 2fm National Song Contest 2006 and the National IT Song Contest 2005.

His debut album East/West, due for release in February 2009, was recorded by Joe at his own studio "Fretless Records". The band will also be giving away 10,000 free copies of their debut single "Queue" in September 2008.

At present the album has been mixed by Phil Magee (Chili Studio Dublin, Westlife's Brian McFadden, The Script) and mastered in Sterling Sound New York by Steve Fallone (The Strokes, Sonic Youth and James Brown).

Cleere and the Band have been gigging around Ireland extensively and have traveled as far as Slovakia to play festivals.

Whether its live performing, publishing, writing, or recording. Cleere is a good candidate for the job.

To see a video of Joe Cleere (Band) live from Slovakia please visit here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evX6iv55JCY

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History
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Joe Cleere, as a music artist has been traveling a long route to hopeful success. Cleere picked up guitar at 11 years old and played his first gig at 12, under the act "Joe plays Jimmy (Hendrix)". At just fourteen Joe recorded his first EP in a friend’s studio in Finland. Subsequently a song from this disc, "How Does It Feel", entered the final of the Jacobs 2Fm Song Contest 2001. The contest was aired live on 2fm from Vicar ST, Dublin.

Having received a taste for the music world Cleere, kept working hard on improving his song writing, singing and musicianship. He also started building a recording studio. Two years later at 16 Joe was back in the 2fm song contest final 2003, this time with a song called "All the Same".

After leaving Cert Joe decided to study a degree in PR & Communications at IT Carlow. His first year in college saw him winning the National IT Song Factor 2005. This was then followed by Cleere and his band winning the 2fm song contest 2006 of which funded the completion of his home recording studio now named "Fretless Records", which has recorded a host of local acts including the recent chart hit "Irish Party" by Shakey which reached #26 in the Irish Charts on downloads alone.

Now 21 Joe Cleere has graduated college with an honors degree, is in the final stages of completing his album and has just been awarded an Artlinks Bursary Award to help fund the release. The first single will be launched on September 13th and the album in February 2009.

But mostly he is working hard paving the way for a long awaited full time career in music for both himself and his band.
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Lyrics

No Raindrop

Written By: Joe Cleere

A child won’t mind if you don’t teach it.
Tell it lies and it just believes you.
That doesn’t make it all ok.
The child will grow up some day.

Now the boy is taller than you are.
He’s got your hatred a gun and a star.
He’s going to go across the sea.
To kill some other boy like him.

Chorus.

No raindrop falls to dry the day
No flower grows to feel the shade.
No planet spins to float away.
Why do we walk a pointless way.

Verse 2

Tears in his as the bombs keep falling.
A summer mind quickly moves to autumn.
A hundred years are in his eyes.
A hundred lives put to bed with his sythe.

Chorus.

Verse 3

He comes home he’s a great survivor.
Put in his hand another star worth a fiver.
He’s got to make his own way back,
To love and life, to a job, to a smile.

Bridge

Well he lives in a corner sponsored by the state

He can’t sleep he can’t stay awake

He feels the guilt from the pain he caused

And the pain from the guilt that wasn’t his fault

Wearing a sign saying veteran of war

With those medals of his rusted into his soul.

Wearing the boots that ran through jungles of fire.

No fireman’s hose can quench the burns.

Of a mind and a soul that no longer desires,

To remember his days as a boy with a gun.

Chorus.

Made Me Think

Written By: Joe Cleere

I heard a whelping dog and a gunshot that rang out.
Like a singular oceanic wave across the almost dark.
And silence had passed too long but echoed questions never fade.
When all at once I heard a bark, the dog’s life not to waste.

And that had made me think,
What it must be like.
For those where shots ring out in the night
Who has died whose life’s destroyed.

It brought it home to me when I was sitting with an Auswitch survivor.
Black and white clips on a colour TV of mangled corpses in a pile.
He turned and said to us you see a corpse like any other.
Where I have to ask myself, is this one my mother.

And that had made me think, what it must be like.
For those where pits are dug in the night,
Who is gone, who won’t come home.
Who won’t come home?

This is no marching song
No mission no flag.
Just a little education for
Those who hold the pens.
We’ve got to clean this mess,
We’ve got to stop the pain.
From neighbourhoods to countries,
From a child to the human race.

And that had made me think,
What it could be like,
If we weren’t always trying to be right.
Or always trying to get rich.

Concert

Written By: Joe Cleere

Verse1

You see the line
But yet it never bothers you.
Two hours of waiting to get into a field.
Now you’re queuing for a port-a-loo.

Your pants weighed down
From the bottles of your smuggled booze.
You’d watch your friends
In case they try to pull them down round you ankles.
But the tent they have belongs to you.

Bridge

And you don’t see the significance.
Of being free for this day with your friends.
A moment in time you’ll never forget
Like how you said:

Chorus

We don’t want no glossy stars.
You can’t varnish it.
We’re here because we love music.
So tell it like it is.

Verse2

The tents too small,
There’s eight sleeping toe to head.
But that’s ok cause it’s only really used for couples
And the rest of you don’t go to bed.

The band sets up.
The engineer shouts “2 1 2”
You’d give your arm from the elbow
If they’d give you a sandwich.
But twenty quid will have to do.

Bridge
Chorus.

Verse 3

You’re on the bus.
You’re starting to sober up.
You’re getting sleepy and your eyelids are getting heavy.
You think of all things you done.

The days were long
but some how they weren’t long enough.
You get depressed at the thoughts that it might al be over.
Then someone turns the radio up.

Chorus.

East West

Written By: Joe Cleere

Verse1

Little girl how do you sleep so differently than those.
In the world whose mums and daddies can’t afford the goods.
That you found the second that you opened up your mouth
and cried for food to the shadows that were bobbing round your room.

Chorus 1

So now sleep the world with greet you in the morning
So now sleep the world with greet you in the morning.

Verse2

Little boy you learn to walk with rubbish at your feet.
Keep looking down in case you stand on something good enough to eat.
You don’t frown you’ve never known anything but this.
Your play ground school and retirement are here.

Chorus 2

So now sleep the world will beat you in the morning.
So now sleep the world will beat you in the morning.

All the Same

Written By: Joe Cleere

You judge a man by the way that he fights
And the damage you do with the things you say.
For he has no choices but to die.
By the demons and dragons you send him to slay.

Don’t be shy young man go and die
Just get on your horse and ride into the night.

They tell you to go then they beg you to stay.
They change all the bedrooms while you’re away.
I’m fed up of orange I think I’ll have white.
I’m going for pink now the white is too bright.

I don’t understand anything that you talk about
In your crazy land.

Now I’m not amused by the things that you do,
Or the friends that you keep the other men that you woo.
I know I should leave but my heart says stay.
Cause I know I love you all the same

I don’t know why but I love you all the same
I know I love you all the same
I don’t know why but I love you all the same.
But I know I love you all the same.

Brother

Written By: Joe Cleere

Mother nature you’ve done enough
To take away everything I own.
In Guatemala you covered up
Thousands simply sitting in their homes.

So many things we can’t control
Enough pain from her alone
We can’t stop the land slide
There is one thing we can do

Chorus

Brother don’t hate me cause I’m different than you
Brother, cant you see I’ve got enough to do
I try to stay alive any way I can
So brother don’t take away the little that I have.

Our friends in Niger ran out of food
The earth was dry so nothing ever grew
A quake in Kashmir left thousands crushed
Then winter came and swept the mess back up.

So many things we can’t control
Enough pain from her alone
Gambled earth beneath our feet.
Some get lucky some just don’t

Chorus

I think its time,
We learned that no-ones wrong and no-ones right.
Instead let’s work,
To fix the things we have within our power
After all
Does god abandon us to worship god.
We can save
But instead we’re always asking to be saved
Looking up
To be helped instead of helping those below
Say your prayers
But I bet you never try to answer one
You know we’re not the same
We’ve known this for thousands of years
So why the shock

Jesus, are we that set in our ways?

Chorus

The Ones We Left Behind

Written By: Joe Cleere

Hit the end of another part of your life
You’ve time to take it in
Gentle ache of the end of the war of the night
Relieved but empty-full
Its hard to comprehend the killer pace of today
Success has its price
I haven’t seen a lot of my friends in a while
But I guess that’s just life

And from time to time
When we’re allowed
We spare a thought
To the ones we left behind

Flashing back I met my falling trees
Where sometimes I was to blame
I held the hands of too many dying dreams
And watched them fall asleep
Where love is blind and youth a pair of shades
I was memorized
Imagination grows a rose to high
Where reality disappoints

And from time to time
When we’re allowed
We apologise
To the ones we left behind

And I wonder what
A capsule from today
Will look like
In another ten years time
Will I think of now as the best or worst of times
Or will I find that I left myself behind

Road to Nowhere

Written By: Joe Cleere

Vlado took a spade into his hand
Carved himself a life from the Slovak land
Just like padraig picks up ticket stubs
From the upper deck of a Dublin bus
Hugo had his days at pukkelpop
Now his sons at school he runs a beguine shop
Always up on the underside of life
Always trying to build a world with better choice

Chorus
We’ve all become the same
We’re just trying to feed ourselves and to make some progress
And nothing ever changed while we’re towing a social line
On our road to nowhere

I wear the mark of such a hypocrite
My shoes were probably made by unpaid kids
In an unfair word equality
Is an overpriced commodity
Are we leaving, are we leaving, are leaving enough for each other now
Are we learning, Are we learning, how to change the world for the future

Chorus

We’re on a road to Nowhere…..

Things We'll Never Know

Written By: Joe Cleere

Verse1

Falling out of time,
and I couldn't wait any longer
Its hard not to loose your mind
while your trying to find yourself

Chorus
I've doubted all my self belief
been thinking twice, about half my dreams
and I wonder why, why we worry so about things we'll never know.

Verse2

I can't give up the fight,
Though it's hard to keep motivated
While things apear alright
They dont know the way that it could be

Chorus

Not many try to do what they love
Cause it's hard enough doing what you must
and I wonder how, how my dreams will go.

Somethings we'll never know.

Bridge

Gather up your self belief and make it on your own,
Never let them scare you off by, telling you things that can or can't be done.

Discography

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All the tracks on our current play-list are mixed by Phil Magee (Chili Studio Dublin, Westlife's Brian McFadden, The Script) and mastered in Sterling Sound New York by Steve Fallone (The Strokes, Sonic Youth and James Brown).

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Our debut album East/West is expected to be released in Ireland in February 2009. The first single (Queue) will be Launched on September 13 from Radio City Dublin. Everyone's invited so come along!

All songs were written, performed, and recorded, by Joe Cleere,

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Set List

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Our show is always energetic and different. To view us live just watch our you tube video "Concert"

here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evX6iv55JCY

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We have up to an hour of original music if needed Below is a sample of how we could fill an hour.

Sample Set List

Road To Nowhere (electric guitars)

Queue (funky)

Thins We'll Never Know (lighter funky)

Brother (electric guitars)

The Ones We Left Behind (light electric guitars to heavier electric guitars)

East West (alternative, trippy)

All The Same (funky)

No Raindrop (acoustic)

Hey Joe (Jimi Hendix)

Concert (electric guitars)

Sorry (electric guitars)

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