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Company Hearse

by The James Clark Institute

"Sounds like: Classic Canadian storytelling..." - Larry Lootsteen, Produced by Canadian iconic musician Moe Berg, this song asks the universal question "Is life passing me by?"
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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With a wink and a nod to the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto (now CAMH), The James Clark Institute is the musical guise for its lead singer and songwriter James Clark. Confronting the ghosts of his past, James spins his personal demons into witty, well-crafted pop-rock tunes. With inspirations like Elvis Costello, Ray Davies and comparisons to John Lennon, The Beatles and Bob Dylan, he established The James Clark Institute band in 2004.

In the summer of 2012, iconic Canadian singer, songwriter, producer Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness) produced and played on two new songs – “Company Hearse” and “I Don’t Leave The Radio On Anymore” – for The James Clark Institute, and a sparkly new independent 7” vinyl record featuring these two songs sees the light in June 2013.

“Company Hearse” deals with the feeling that life may be passing one by, and “I Don’t Leave The Radio On Anymore” refers to the passing of his 17-year companion and treasured pet cat.

Prior to this, in November 2011, The James Clark Institute released ‘Son Of A Sideshow’; an independent five-song follow-up to the Not Lame Recordings full-length album ‘Sideshow Unattraction’ (May 2008 release). The songs on both albums were recorded during the same sessions and both are a theatrical, esoteric journey into a world of carnival illusion, heartbreak, melancholy wit and bitter double entendre. 2008’s ‘Sideshow Unattraction’ (distributed by U.S. label Not Lame Recordings until its demise in 2011) charted on Canadian campus radio and its fourth track “Monstrous” was chosen to be included in the 2011 Jack Vero directed, independent film ‘Cherries and Clover’.

2008 was also the year that The James Clark Institute (The JCI) became a real live performing band. Many shows were played, including a short jaunt to New York City in 2010 to promote ‘Sideshow Unattraction’, and members came and went in those days. Currently, Clark is joined onstage by Chris Bennett (guitar), Gord Fynes (drums) and RD Southwood (bass and vocals).

In October 2004, James Clark released the first official The James Clark Institute CD. With song subjects including prison, divorce, embarrassing photographs, egomania, entomology, confusion and death and titled ‘Home is Where the Heart Attack is’, the seven-song (written between 1997 and 2004) album is a collection of well crafted pop/rock songs that went on to chart on campus radio across Canada. Tracks from the album also received considerable airplay and widespread recognition on several Internet radio stations around the world. “The Worst Photograph Ever Taken of Me” hit number five on (operating out of the UK) and the CD reached number three on the pop album charts on (based in Australia).

James Clark started his music career as a drummer in various bands, such as garage/surf band The Sintones (1998-2004), until he branched out on his own.



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