CLEWSÂ â€“ akaÂ LilyÂ andÂ Grace RichardsonÂ â€“ are fast becoming known for delighting audiences with their candied grunge sound. Their songs sparkle with lush harmonies and writing that speaks to fans from the heart. The sisters return today with theÂ release of their new singleÂ Everything Is HeavyÂ via Wonderlick Recording Company / Sony Music Entertainment Australia.Â The song marks a return to a darker, more reflective tone forÂ CLEWS, reminiscent of their earlier material, but with an elevated aesthetic that speaks to their growth as artists and songwriters.
LilyÂ ofÂ CLEWSÂ explains thatÂ Everything is Heavy (produced byÂ Oscar DawsonÂ ofÂ Holy Holy) is about the stakes in everyoneâ€™s lives getting higher as life goes on; â€œThe people I love and the people around me have now been through more in life and those experiences are shaping us all. There’s been a big shift in my life and Grace’s where we’re starting to go through our first serious relationships, which has brought us closer together as sisters. Everything Is HeavyÂ is kind of about taking all that seriously and to heart instead of brushing it all off. The verses are about working hard for love and accepting that youâ€™ve done all you can to make it work out, even when it doesnâ€™t.â€
The release of Everything Is HeavyÂ is accompanied by another stunning visual made withÂ Maya LuanaÂ – long-time collaborator and an integral part of theÂ CLEWSÂ backbone.Â
â€œThe video was shot down the coast where we grew up. We chose a magical winter night when the big orange super moon was rising over the beach we spent every day of our childhood on,â€Â saysÂ CLEWS.Â â€œWe also shot guitar scenes in the community hall where we did music theatre rehearsals when we were kids. Going back to our hometown to make art has become a very special process for us and I hope adds authenticity to ourÂ videos by capturing us in an environment we feel truly part of. The video has a simple colour pallet – black and white and reds, with the darkness of the ocean looming in the background. We wanted to make something that felt a little more serious forÂ CLEWSÂ – inspired by the visuals ofÂ King KruleÂ andÂ Wolf AliceÂ and red stage lights.â€
ForÂ LilyÂ andÂ Grace, leaning into the catharsis of songwriting has been a big part of them navigating life, love and relationships. Their universeÂ hasÂ revolved around musicÂ for as long as they canÂ remember.Â CLEWSÂ haveÂ carved out a distinct sonic identityÂ of strong, melodic vocals, lush production and the organic sound of a high energy bandÂ thatÂ echoesÂ elements ofÂ theÂ rockÂ artists they love –Â PJ Harvey, Warpaint, Cherry Glazerr,Â andÂ Fontaines D.C.
The bandâ€™s development as a live act has influenced their song writing,Â LilyÂ reflects;Â â€œThe more we connect with audiences at shows, the more open and honest I want to be in my songwriting and storytelling. Becoming more open to love and more in touch with my relationships over the past few years has made me realise how powerful it is when a song speaks to you, cutting like a laser right through the headnoise to articulate a feeling so specific, yet so universal.â€ The moreÂ LilyÂ andÂ GraceÂ sing their hearts out, the stronger theÂ CLEWSÂ connection gets.
Behind the scenes,Â LilyÂ just completed her Honours thesis exploring young women-identifying artistsâ€™ experiences in music, which impacted her role inÂ CLEWSÂ profoundly: â€œMy research about women in music really motivated me to never, ever stop making rock and roll because I really underestimated how powerful it is to have women singing at the top of their lungs in rock for other young girls to see.”
Fresh from touring withÂ Holy Holy, Hockey DadÂ andÂ Boy & BearÂ this year, fans can catchÂ CLEWSÂ heading back out on the road again in support ofÂ â€˜Everything Is Heavyâ€™Â from October.
CLEWS Everything Is Heavy 2022-2023 TOUR
For full ticketing information,Â CLICK HERE
Saturday 22 October | Flavour Fest – Melton, VIC
Saturday 3 December | Sunsets Festival – Manly, NSW
Sunday 1 January | Summer South Festival – Morton, NSW
Friday 20 January | The Lansdowne – Sydney, NSW
Friday 27 January | Black Bear Lodge – Brisbane, NSW
Friday 3 February | The Workers Club – Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 4 February | Crown & Anchor – Adelaide, SA
Everything Is Heavy is out now – LISTEN HERE
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With thanks to Sony Music Australia