A Rollercoaster Of Despair And Opportunity Led To Clem Snide's New Album

Clem Snide’s new album “Forever Just Beyond” is led by songwriter Eef Barzelay. Clem Snide was formed in the mid-1990s in Boston. They are named after a character who appears in several William S. Burrough's novels including “Naked Lunch”.

In 1999 they were discovered by Seymour Stein who signed them to Sire Records.

“The band was classified as alt-country at a time when Wilco was reaching its ascendency and although they flirted with success the band never broke through to the mainstream,” says WYEP’s Rosemary Welsch.

This is the first album in five years from Clem Snide.

“Clem Snide is basically Eef Barzelay these days. He's joined by Scott Avett who produces the album with an emphasis on the basics. And the basics are highlighting Eef Barzelay's great songwriting and his kind of strange nasal voice. The Avett Brothers can get pretty philosophical on a lot of their songs and Eef Barzelay approached Scott after he heard a cover of one of his own songs done by the Avett Brothers. So, there is a lot of emphasis on fate and mortality,” says Welsch.

Many tracks on the new Clem Snide album deal with last words, death, and God. The new album might be summed up best with a quote from Barzelay himself:

"The last 10 years has been a rollercoaster of deep despair and amazing opportunities that somehow present themselves at the last possible second," says Barzelay.

Welsch describes the album as thoughtful, beautiful, and funny. Hear Rosemary Welsch’s full album review here.

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