“Half Bad” by Saint Clare

Fans of 80s post-punk/alternative rock bands will be captivated by Ottawa, Ontario’s Saint Clare’s new single, “Half Bad.” The track’s hard-hitting, nostalgic, yet modern take on the genre is flawlessly executed, with its jangly guitars and melodic keyboards. What sets “Half Bad” apart is the unique blend of instruments, such as the saxophone, which are not typically heard in rock tracks. This adds a distinctive and entertaining element to the sound, making it a must-listen for rock fans.

“Half Bad,” upon first listen, may feel like a fun-loving track due to its upbeat nature, however, it carries a much deeper, significant meaning. The track was written during the beginning of the pandemic, and right after a loss of a loved one. It delves into the realities of life, what-ifs, and mental health challenges. Yet, it also serves as a beacon of hope, a “…call out for love to carry us through periods of darkness,” offering a light at the end of the tunnel for listeners, adding emotional depth and resonance to the music. 

Saint Clare is a band of multi-dimensional talents, each member bringing their unique skills to the table. The band is comprised of Matthew Saint Clare (vocals & guitar), Dan Larmour (guitar), Geoff Taylor (bass & vocals), Brad Sheffield (keyboard), Morgan Grant (saxophone), and Daniel DeVries is on drums. Together, they create the unforgettable sound of Saint Clare.

“Half Bad” was recorded and produced by Mike Dubue (Hilotrons, Scattered Clouds) at Studio Cimetière in Quyon, Quebec, in early 2024. Michael Hart Webster is credited with the single artwork, and Curtis Delaney created the animated video.

“Half Bad” is just the beginning, serving as the first single the group will be releasing throughout 2024, a year that promises the completion of their highly anticipated full-length record “Everyone’s Old and No One Goes to Parties Anymore”. Get ready to be blown away by what Saint Clare has in store for you. 

Written by Melissa Cusano


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