Five Minutes With: Vancouver Glam Rock Band CLONE

CLONE is a female-fronted collective of musicians from various eclectic backgrounds who bonded over their shared love of 70’s rock, specifically glam rock. Nods to T-Rex, Suzi Quatro, The Runaways, Sweet, New York Dolls, and Iggy and the Stooges inspire their catalogue of rock anthems that fuse punk with glitter and power with pop. CLONE was created by guitarist Kelly Zombor and frontwoman Juniper Watters with the remainder of the band consisting of refreshingly experienced musicians: Lee Forrester (lead guitar), Gil Forrester (bass) and Jack Guppy (drums). They share a unique ability to connect with their inner alter egos who come out to play on stage. As David Bowie once said, “Freedom is born in the realms of eccentricity” and CLONE illuminates this beautifully. They have been a favorite pick on SiriusXM’s Rodney Bingenheimer Show and on Internet radio including Dandy’s Stardust Dive. CLONE has been DIY since the beginning – producing their first EP in 2020 along with four music videos which they wrote, directed, designed, photographed and edited thanks to decades of experience as working technicians in the BC film industry. In March 2023, CLONE recorded their second album, again with Eric Mosher at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver.

CLONE

Name:

CLONE

Genre:

Rock n Roll Glam

Founded:

2016

# of Albums:

1

Latest Album:

Knock Out Drops Volume ll (EP to be released Nov 2023)

Latest Single:

Queen

Latest Video:

Favourite musician growing up:

David Bowie

Favourite musician now:

Creem Circus, Neo glitter rock out of Philadelphia.

Guilty pleasure song:

Roxy Roller by Nick Gilder. We always crank it to get pumped before a show.

Live show ritual:

Tequila shot with the band after the show.

Favourite local musician:

Slip~Ons. They are a killer rock band. Big energy and great songwriting. Those guys put on a hell of a spectacle every time.

EP or LP?

EP just get to the point already! We don’t need no filler tracks.

Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl for sure! The best ideas come out of late-night sessions.

Road or studio?

Studio all the way. We have a recording set up in our home and tend to record every idea which is how we write our songs. We are most at peace deep in the middle of recording a new song. That being said, we’d hit the road tomorrow if we got the opportunity.

Any shows or albums coming up?

7 song EP titled, “Knock Out Drops – Volume 2” will be released on Nov 1st, 2023. We’re playing our EP release show on Saturday, Nov 4th at The Fox Cabaret with special guests Abel Collective.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | FacebookSpotifyYouTubeTik Tok

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Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

We are huge brunch people and Yolks is the best! They’ve got lots of breakfast options and the food is always delicious. The beignets are incredible!

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

Main St. in Vancouver has always been a favourite. It really has come a long way in the last 20 years. Offering cafes, bars, a great selection of restaurants and really good shopping. The neighbourhoods around are so quaint, with beautiful tree-lined streets. I grew up around there and spent most of my 20s and 30s living in SOMA. It always has a special place in my heart.

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Jericho Beach Park is beautiful. Right on the water surrounded by forest with a pond and weeping willows. It’s where I often like to ride my bike when the world gets too loud. And there are bunnies living in the blackberry brambles. They’re everywhere, munching on grass in the summer. Just as if you walked into a fairy tale. Very dreamy.

What is your favourite music venue in your city?

The Rickshaw is such an iconic venue. Seen so many killer rock shows there. It has a cool street vibe so it’s perfect for Punk shows but also big enough to host some great touring bands that maybe don’t have enough reach to fill the commodore. The stage sound and lighting are world-class.

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Long & McQuade is always the spot. We probably go there once a week for all kinds of stuff. They have the largest selection of guitars and instruments and they have really reasonable rentals. We’ve all been able to finance gear over the years to facilitate our music.

 

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