End Of The Road Festival - Dorset (uk)
Members of Beach House, Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes come together to celebrate No Other, the 1974 album from the Byrds’ Gene Clark.
End of the Road is thrilled to welcome the Gene Clark No Other Band as a UK exclusive. Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen and ex-Fairport Convention man Iain Matthews come together with members of Wye Oak and Celebration to reconstruct the lost 1974 masterpiece.
Baltimore duo Beach House spearheaded this project so we thought their words would serve us best:
“Gene Clark was a founding member of the Byrds, one of the most influential bands of the 1960’s. After leaving the Byrds, Clark released numerous solo albums throughout the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s before his death in 1991. Though we love all of his music, we are most infatuated with his 1974 record, No Other; it feels like a special moment in Gene Clark’s songwriting. At first, the overdone, studio nature of the album feels domineering: the electric violin, the female chorus, the bass riffs, the layered guitar sequences. However, with more listens, Gene Clark’s very unique lyrics, voice, and spirit become the central focus. It’s one of those records where each time you listen, you love a different song the most. Each song is nuanced and amazing in its own way.
When No Other was released in September of 1974 it received a lot of bad reviews with most criticizing its studio excess. There was also a general lack of support from the label as they saw the record as not having any “hits.” Ultimately, the album came to be seen as a critical and commercial failure therefore, a lot of people of its generation don’t really know the record. Throughout the years since, many have dug the record up and fallen in love with it. We, Beach House, are certainly two of those people and we hope that the tour we are organizing to play the record live will spread the album even more.
The show will consist of the entire record played as arranged, note for note, from start to finish.We feel incredibly excited and lucky that we will be working with such a stellar group of singers, friends, and musicians without whose help”, Beach House add, “this complicated and unconventional tour would never be possible.”