Clem Snide

biography

The last ten years have been a rollercoaster of deep despair and amazing opportunities that somehow present themselves at the last possible second,” says Eef Barzelay. “During that time, the band bottomed out, I lost my house, and I had to declare bankruptcy. The only way to survive was to try to transcend myself, to find some kind of deeper, spiritual relationship with life. Once I committed to that, all these little miracles started happening.”

 

‘Forever Just Beyond,’ Barzelay’s stunning new album under the Clem Snide moniker, may just be the most miraculous of them all. Produced by Scott Avett, the record is a work of exquisite beauty and profound questioning, a reckoning with faith and reality that rushes headlong into the unknown and the unknowable. The songs here grapple with hope and depression, identity and perception, God and the afterlife, humanizing thorny existential issues and delivering them with the intimate, understated air of a late-night conversation between old friends. Avett’s production is similarly warm and inviting, and the careful, spacious arrangement of gentle guitars and spare percussion carves a wide path for Barzelay’s insightful lyrics and idiosyncratic delivery.

 

“I look up to Eef with total respect and admiration,” says Avett, “and I hope to survive like he survives: with total love for the new and the unknown. Eef’s a crooner and an indie darling by sound and a mystic sage by depth. That’s not common, but it’s beautiful.”

 

Named for a William S. Borroughs character, Clem Snide first emerged from Boston as a three-piece in the early 1990’s, and the group would go on to become a cult and critical favorite, picking up high profile fans from Bon Iver to Ben Folds over the course of three decades and more than a dozen studio albums. NPR highlighted the Israeli-born Barzelay as “the most underrated songwriter in the business today, with a sneakily firm grasp on poignancy and humor,” while Rolling Stone hailed his songwriting as “soulful and incisive,” and The New Yorker praised his music’s “soothing melodies and candid wit.”

 

Barzelay currently resides in Nashville, TN.

news

Clem Snide teams up with Scott Avett for NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Clem Snide Preview Upcoming Album ‘Forever Just Beyond’ With New Song ‘Roger Ebert’

TOUR DATES

Date City Venue
Jan 17 Fort Worth, TX Tulips
Jan 18 Austin, TX Saxon Pub
Jan 20 Albuquerque, NM @708
Jan 22 Los Angeles, CA Hotel Cafe
Jan 25 Novato, CA Hopmonk Tavern- Novato
Jan 27 Portland, OR White Eagle
Jan 28 Seattle, WA Fremont Abbey Arts Center
Jan 29 Prosser, WA Brewminatti
Jan 30 Garden City, ID Visual Arts Collective
Feb 01 Denver, CO Soiled Dove Underground
Feb 03 Denver, CO Soiled Dove Underground
Feb 05 Loomis, NE The Balcony
Feb 06 Sioux Falls, SD White Wall Seessions
Feb 08 Duluth, MN Wussow’s Concert Cafe
Feb 09 Milwaukee, WI Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.
Feb 10 Des Moines, IA xBk Live
Feb 11 Pacific, MO Henry House Concerts
Feb 12 Chicago, IL Golden Dagger
Feb 15 Newport, KY The Southgate House Revival
Feb 16 Indianapolis, IN Lo-Fi Lounge
Feb 17 Lake Orion, MI 20 Front Street
Feb 18 Columbus, OH Natalie’s Grandview
Feb 19 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
Feb 20 Wayne, PA 118 North
Feb 22 So. Burlington, VT Higher Ground – Showroom
Feb 23 Portland, ME One Longfellow Square
Feb 24 Exeter, NH The Word Barn
Feb 25 Cambridge, MA Club Passim
Feb 26 Peace Dale, RI Roots Hoot House Concerts
Feb 27 New Haven, CT Cafe Nine
Mar 01 New York, NY Joe’s Pub
Mar 02 Asbury Park, NJ The Saint
Mar 04 Richmond, VA Richmond Music Hall
Mar 05 Charlotte, NC The Evening Muse
Mar 06 Greenville, SC Radio Room
Mar 08 Wake Forest, NC The Wake Forest Listening Room
Mar 09 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
Mar 10 Jacksonville Beach, FL Blue Jay Listening Room
Mar 12 Nashville, TN The Basement

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