“effervescent retro-pop delights…” (Record Collector Magazine)
James Clarke Five is the musical brainchild of Liverpool-born singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and all-round person James Clarke. (AKA James Hughes).
There aren’t really five people in JC5. It’s just a name – a bit like Doctor and the Medics (who in actual fact had no formal medical training whatsoever ), or The Police, who in their 7-year chart career, never made one single arrest.
So if you’re looking for yet another bunch of chaps with guitars and tight trousers, look away now. Not that James DOESN’T use guitars of course – that would be silly.
What you DO get is a dazzling array of well-crafted pop tunes, sometimes annoyingly catchy, and never far from the odd sonic surprise or two. One minute it’s the politico sleaze punk of Sexbombe Über Alles, next the bossa nouveau of I’ll Wait for You, next the hazy psychedelia of Sunflower. Have a listen, you’ll get the picture.