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Winfield, Alabama-located indie/alt-rock trio The Dirty Clergy are gearing up to release their third album, In Waves, on October 25th. The LP follows up 2016’s Rattlesnake, which helped the band gain significant recognition from outlets like MTV, Sirius XM, AXStv, Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, and the Independent Music Awards.
The band consists of singer/songwriter/guitarist Brian Manasco, bassist Ky Carter, and drummer Cody Moorehead. In Waves continues on what some of Rattlesnake touched upon; Dark tones, songs about loss and heartbreak, and even getting politically motivated with “Homesick,” a song Manasco wrote about the Parkland school shooting.
The Big Takeover is stoked to host the premiere of the performance video for the gently vibrant, psychedelic power popper “Trials,” an enticing track off the upcoming album. The track swims with a buoyant sound of reverb guitar lines, bass line undertow, shaken percussion, steady drumming, and cymbals crash.
A reflective Manasco sings in a slightly hazy, lighter tone amid the teeming instrumentation. While the sonics emanate a retro-‘60s vibe, the brightly colored and luminescent graphics that provide kaleidoscopic accompaniment to the band members hark back to the ’80s.
Manasco gives some insight into the song-writing process for and video-making of “Trials”, relating, “The song was written relatively fast — in about a 10-minute sitting. It took a bit longer to come up with the music though. Those seem to be the best kinds of songs as opposed to the ones you write a bit, tuck away, and go back to. We chose it as the first release because it wasn’t the fastest, it wasn’t the slowest, but it was one to set the pace, so to speak, for the new album and sound. “Do you still love me or would you rather see me dead” – It seems everyone is so quick to give up on one another. Give things time, talk it through. For the video we wanted to do something we’d never done before, so we did achieve that for sure. It was also our first time being in front of a green screen. It was kind of funny seeing the editing process.”