Alex Clare is just the sort of musician you’re glad is still being made in the country’s basements, backrooms and bedrooms. Born and bred in South East London, as a child Alex toyed with the trumpet before taking up the drums to help him get rid of all his nervous energy. After leaving school he trained to be a chef while still playing and teaching himself piano and guitar.
His debut album ‘Lateness of the Hour’ was released in July 2011, produced by Switch and Diplo. ‘So Relax My Beloved’ grows from a minimalistic shudder into a great, growling monster of a tune. ‘Whispering’ is a reverb-heavy acoustic lament with a huge melancholic drive behind it. ‘Won’t Let You Down’ is a gorgeous, piano-led gem that could have slipped off the first Tom Waits album. The explosive west-coast punk-rock thrasher ‘Up All Night (“It’s about going on a bender!”) pitches Clare’s songwriting skills up against very 21st century grimy drums and thick waves of bass, while ‘Too Close’ has a speaker-wrecking, wump-wump, dubstep bassline and is a hair-raising rave-anthem
In August 2014 Alex relased his sophomore album 'Three Hearts', featuring the powerful single 'War Rages On'.
The album was recorded in London and Los Angeles with Alex collaborating with Dan Wilson (Adele, Paloma Faith), Antony Genn and Martin Slattery of The Hours, Steve Booker (John Newman) and Ben Hudson (Kanye West).
Speaking about the album Alex says “The new music definitely represents the big changes in my life. ‘The Lateness of the Hour’ was a very cathartic album; I was getting a lot of things off my chest… the new record is very much an album of thanksgiving, of gratitude that things have worked out pretty sweetly for me.”