Vancouver’s CLONE has released their EP, Knock Out Drops Vol. II, via ZeroTrophy Records. The lush rock ’n’ roll band fuses the sequined swagger of 70’s glam with the DIY gut punch of early punk and polishes it all off with the audacious vocals of contemporary pop. Collaborating with producer/engineer Eric Mosher, all instruments were tracked live off the floor at the Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with vocal overdubs were done at the band’s studio in East Vancouver.
The band wanted to flip the perspective of the glam genre which is generally male dominated (with a few notable exceptions) and have the same themes come from a woman’s point of view. Singer Juniper Watters challenges gender norms in CLONE’s lyrics:
“I identify as a bio queen. I am a huge supporter of drag and drag culture. My character ‘Rocket Science’ is a souped-up version of a woman. An homage to fictional over the top characters like Betty Boop, Jessica Rabbit and Peg Bundy. The idea was to hyper feminize the character. Huge hair and big lips and 8 feet tall. To dress like a man’s idea of dressing like a woman. I like to confuse people and make them question gender norms. If people are confused, I’ve done my job. That’s what glam rock is about!…It’s not easy to be a woman singing Rock n Roll. There’s always going to be people who don’t take you seriously and think you’re just there to be some kind of eye candy. I think you can be eye candy and still be highly interesting, capable and intelligent. Women are often put into categories where we are one but not all of these things. It’s high time we own our power. And thanks to artists like Suzi Quattro and Joan Jett who paved the way, I have this opportunity. This is our spin on Glam Rock in 2023.”
Stream the new album below and keep checking back for more from CLONE!