Clair de Lune

Clair de Lune is a study in contrasts. Controlled fury. Beautiful cacophony. Sentimental anger. All of which proves that bands can draw from punk, emo and hardcore without falling prey to old stereotypes. Clair de Lune may have two voices screaming over each other, but it doesn't sound unnecessary. It matches the rest of the music, full of rage and urgency--in moments of both quiet intensity and loud dissonance. This Minneapolis quintet, whose debut, Marionettes, was released in June on Deep Elm Records, is a force to be reckoned with. A force...with piano. But theirs isn't the wimpy kind of ivory-tickling. In the hands of Adam Roddy, the keyboards sound as fierce as any guitar, percussion or voice. This, plus well-constructed dueling vocals and complex melodies, sets Clair De Lune apart. Slowride, The Strange Boys and Little Brazil open.