2 x Independent Music Awards nominations

We were most pleased to find ourselves nominated for two 2016 Independent Music Awards: Best (Mainly) Instrumental album (“No Hotel”) and Best Instrumental Song (“Big Easy Women“). We won’t be able to attend the award festivities at Lincoln Center on Nov. 12 (we’ll be, yes, out playing shows), but maybe we’ll have something nice to add to the Claudettes trophy case. Thank you, IMAs!

Recording DONE. Mixes NOW. Shows COMING. CAPS LOCK wonky.

Recording with producer Mark Neill was cosmic. It’s no wonder his recordings with the likes of Black Keys (“Brothers”), J. Roddy Walston & the Business, J.D. McPherson, Los Straitjackets, Old 97’s, Paladins and many others manage to sound big and modern and also vintage and earthy all at the same time. He’s uniquely able to create such records. We’re already beaming with pride at ours, in his hands. The mixes are coming very soon.

In the meantime, we’re headed from Chicago to NYC to St. Louis to Minneapolis and more for shows spanning now through mid-December. Come see us!

Soil of the South!

The Claudettes were so happy to be contacted by Mark Neill, who produced the Black Keys’ breakthrough album “Brothers” as well as records by the Paladins, Old 97’s, J.D. McPherson, Los Straitjackets, J. Roddy Walston & the Business and more. All his records sound big, earthy, modern and vintage at the same time. Mark is producing our next album in September at his Soil of the South studio in Valdosta, GA. We’ll be playing a heap of new songs on tour all summer ’til we go down there and make what Mark guarantees is gonna be a very “spooky” sounding record. Quite awesome. Come see us on tour in the meantime, and please spread the word to your friends in these towns!

MATT+BERIT+IG+ZACH=THE CLAUDETTES!

We’ve been workin’, workin’, workin, rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, keep those doggies rollin’, etc., the sparkling new lineup of the Claudettes. See the photos page and stay tuned for new recordings. In the meantime, see the photos page to look at us and the shows page to mark your calendars to come see us. Or, camp out outside our Ukrainian Village practice space and gawk/stalk.

New recording, new band members and other novelties

Hey hey!
We just finished recording a heap of new hot-stuff tracks with the Claudettes’ new singer, Berit Ulseth. Yana is off and running with theater/TV/film stuff, and can’t be bothered with the machinations of our admittedly overbearing overlord Claudette. We are now also featuring the many-splendored talents of singer/bassist Zach Verdoorn…come and see us soon (see the new showdates, which will greatly expand before long)!

 

New video: “She’s So Imaginary”

Hey, hey. We’re working nonstop on new songs and demos this winter, after our dizzyingly busy 2015. While we’re hunkered down, please watch the new Claudettes video. It’s for the song “She’s So Imaginary” from our new album NO HOTEL. The song and the video mean a whole lot to the band; please read the back story, and watch the video, here on Innocent Words. Off with you!

Tour rolls east…videos in the bullpen…

Hey now!
We hit my former hometowns Philly and NYC, and my birth state (NJ) this week, plus Pittsburgh, D.C. and Cleveland, then move into Ohio, Indiana and Detroit next week. See all details on the showdates page. Come and spread the word, please! The new album NO HOTEL has made some good people say some great things. We’ll update the press page soon. And, coming soon, TWO new music videos! Don’t turn that dial…

NO HOTEL is here!

The official release date isn’t ’til Sept. 18, but you can pre-order NO HOTEL here, and if you attend one of the dozens of shows listed on our Shows page, rest assured: we’ll have advance copies with us. It begins in St. Louis and Urbana this weekend. In the meantime, Mirza, one of Yana’s vocal tracks from NO HOTEL, is the “Ear Candy” feature on this website’s home page, and you’ll also find Big Easy Women from NO HOTEL on the music page!