"Very little in music excites me more than a fiery vocals coming from a bad girl. Think Polly Jean Harvey, Joan Jett, etc. That sense of angst, so true, so guttural can often draw you in and make the listener feel her presence, her pain, her desires. We have that here in spades..." - Billy Suede, The Boy with the Thorn in His Side
Clinical Trials is the electro-grunge offspring of Somer Bingham, a self-produced musician whose sun-drenched childhood in boring but beautiful Florida did nothing to quell her inner angst. She migrated north to seek bleaker pastures, finding trouble in the big city before eventually settling in Brooklyn, NY.
Music came after severe heartbreak left her bitter, without purpose, and in search of the most extravagant and difficult means of making her ex jealous, i.e. by becoming a rock star.
The sound of Clinical Trials is influenced by Nirvana, Patti Smith, PJ Harvey, Ladytron, Sonic Youth, Depeche Mode, Ayn Rand, long walks on an imaginary beach, and Russian literature. Bingham's sonic goal is to meld her unhealthy Kurt Cobain obsession with dirty synthesizers and distorted beats - and she finds success on the debut EP "In the Wake of the Digital Afterlife," which was digitally released on January 1, 2010.
Bingham is now joined by Cici Harrison on the drums, forming an all-female grungy live show that proves why duos are just so hot right now.
released January 1, 2010
Mixed by Mark Damian at Trig Media. Engineered by Dan Huron (tracks 1, 2, 5), Brian Speaker (track 4), Mike DiSanto (cellos & vocals for track 2). Cello on tracks 2 & 5 by Emily Hope Price. Backing vocals & claps on "Hey" by Dan Huron. All live drums by Mark Damian. Produced by Somer Bingham. Mastered by TJ Lipple.