The Clerics are a three piece band based in Hamilton, New Zealand. Playing short, aggressive, new wave splashed with no wave, intensely furious tunes with bass, keys, guitar, drums and voice, The Clerics' music is a wonderland of quasi-pop angularity and cock-blocking beats.
Gary Teko: drums/voice
Vince Cunnington: bass/voice
Benno Truimvist: keys/guitar/voice
The Clerics formed in mid-late 2004 and played their first live show in October 2004. In February 2005 The Clerics released their debut album Graveyard of the Dead, a nine track album (with bonus video Cautions). In June 2005 The Clerics commenced a nationwide tour with Gadget Goose and Amy Racecar. July/August 2005 saw The Clerics hit the road to support the release of their second album The Bitches Will Fly, with tours across the North and South Island. October 2005 saw the third album release from New Zealand's most prolific band, capping off their busy year with Desperation on the Dancefloor. This album marks a departure from previous releases by The Clerics with the exclusion of guitars. Using just voice, bass, keys and programmed drums, The Clerics produced an intriguing album of pop-scum tunes that range from scum-techno to scum-noiseblast.
Live, The Clerics produce the chaos in full effect. Clerics’ sets are furious blasts through their back catalogue with nary a pause for breath, and sometimes 20-30 songs in a single set. Clerics’ shows are lively affairs with an overload of audience participation.
The Clerics played around 50 shows through 2005. They last played in November 2005 and are currently 'on hiatus'.
Graveyard of the Dead (February 2005)
The Bitches Will Fly (June 2005)
Desperation on the Dancefloor (October 2005)