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by Clark Wallace

Loud, quiet, but always melodic indie rock.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Flaneur
3:16 album only
2. Major or Minor
2:02 album only
3. Miles
2:23 album only
4. Higher
2:02 album only
5. Sure Shot
3:25 album only
6. Airport
2:52 album only
7. Planned Community
2:54 album only
8. Phoenix
5:55 album only
9. Love You
2:56 album only
10. Aimee/Radio Waves
5:14 album only
11. Aaron
3:14 album only
12. Dark Angel
4:13 album only
13. Rushing by Train
2:18 album only
14. Body
2:57 album only
15. I See Myself Through Your Eyes
3:49 album only
16. Bom Bom
2:50 album only
17. One Foot Out the Door
2:07 album only
18. Ebenezer Howard
1:58 album only
19. Taste the Fire
1:35 album only
20. Radio Waves (Reprise)
3:05 album only
21. Brooklyn
1:40 album only


Album Notes
Cities, my first album, is an experiment with the one-man band -- I played guitar, bass, drums, and sang. In these 21 songs, I tried to share the things I think about most: love (lost, found, and longed for), music, and "Cities", or the physical environments in which we live our lives.

If I had to describe my music with one genre, I'd use indie rock. Even so, you'll find a wide variety of styles here, from driving pop ("Higher", "Aaron"), to more acoustic music ("Dark Angel"), to raucous yet melodic instrumentals ("Phoenix").

If you like any of my favorite bands--Superchunk, the Swirlies, Poem Rocket, Sebadoh, My Dad is Dead--I think you might find something you like here.

I've played with Philadelphia's Weasel Stick, former members of which went on to play in Athens, GA's Harvey Milk and Baltimore's The Wobblies. More recently, I've played with the Foster Family ( and Vitamin D ( But I've been writing and playing my own music for a while now and wanted to release some of it. Thanks for giving it a listen!



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Clark Wallace

Review from The New York Hangover, September 1998: These days, when you pick up a record in the indie rock end of things, it's either crawling with pretentious wanna-be Pavement-isms or played out John Spencer rip-offs. Cities sounds like a bunch of records you've heard on your favorite college station but with a really individual vibe to it. Songs like "Higher" and "Airport" have a great Superchunk-y kind of rhythm to them and it's really the rhythms that set this record apart from a lot of the boring stuff you hear today. You've got strong melodies, but with a great sense of arrangement that sets them apart from the crowd, especially on "Aaron". This record will undoubtedly be hard to find, but it'll be worth the search. He also seems to be looking for a band, so if you are looking to play some great songs, try to track the man down. You could be a part of something special. (RB)

Nikki Konstantinakos

Clark Wallace's "Cities" is a record rich with inventiveness, raw intensity and humor. Great guitar playing, heartfelt singing and solid writing characterize this disc, which should appeal to fans of the melodic instincts of Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard and Lou Barlow, the darkness and unorthodox guitar sounds of Sonic Youth and the off-kilter punch of the Pixies. This CD may be something of a blueprint for future work - it's a lo-fi, one-man band recording - but if it is only the beginning for Clark Wallace, remember his name. The man rocks.