Alison Clancy has a band called LOVING YOU. The band recently released their song, “Nothing But Glory”. We recently got the chance to interview Alison !
Check out our interview with Alison!
upfrontNY: How did you get your start in music?
Alison Clancy: I’ve been a dancer my whole life, so I’ve always had a close connection to music as a reverent listener. But I never played as a kid, and was shy about starting. Then I met a girl named Molly Allis. We developed an amazing friendship through jamming in my bedroom for hours on like random, shitty instruments. It was a low key way to find my musical voice. After dancing silently for many years, making a lot of noise is exciting, and I became obsessively hooked. Six months later Molly and I were invited to record our first album at Graham Nash’s mansion in LA, and things have continued from there.
upfrontNY: What other musicians inspired you while growing up?
Alison Clancy: My hometown Nevada City, has an amazing local music scene and I spent every weekend going out to shows. Even though I was too shy to play at that time, I was really inspired by my friends: Joanna Newson, Zach Hill and Spencer Seim of Hella, Jeffrey Thorsby, the bands Chode and Pocket for Corduroy (Andrew Hodgson, Dan Elkan, Pete Newsom, Marc Snegg, Thad Stoener), Alela Diane, Mariee Sioux and so many amazing other people. There was a lot of eclectic and passionate music being created around me, and I was always in the front row trying to absorb the nuances in a visceral way. I also love 90’s hip-hop, particularly The Score by the Fugees, and obsessively listened to Portishead, Cat Power, Fugazi, Patti Smith, and Tsunami Bomb.
upfrontNY: How would you describe your sound?
Alison Clancy: Dreamthrash is a genre my brother invented for me a few years back… I like it because it implies both ethereal and intense qualities. But I experiment with different sounds and collaborators… I’m after a very a specific feeling, but not a specific style.
upfrontNY: Can you tell me about your song, “Nothing But Glory”.
Alison Clancy: Yeah it’s a fuzzed out, angel-goth track. Metallic and mechanical, but the with spectral cello stylings of Chris Lancaster bringing it to the realm of the haunted, and a shimmering atmosphere created by producer Tony Long. It’s a song for headphones as you march through the city feeling like a force to be reckoned with. The mantra of a heart broken but not beaten.
upfrontNY: What have been your favorite venues to perform?
Alison Clancy: The Guggenheim Museum was dope and in The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco I could feel the musical ghosts. But my favorite place to perform is Burning Man. People are open to having an unique experience with you there. Last year Loving You played at sunrise on the open playa, and a girl started hugging me in the middle of song. We slow danced and were flooded with sunlight and dust as I was singing… surreal.
upfrontNY: What do you want others to know about you and your music?
Alison Clancy: Just thank you for listening. Without you, I’m a bit like a tree falling in a forest, questioning if I fell or made a sound… Also right now my main collaborator is cellist Chris Lancaster and if you can come see him play live, please do! He is a force of nature, an otherworldly player who can bring deep catharsis to all kinds of people through his music. Our band Loving You is currently in Sweden and we have shows coming up in Berlin, Barcelona, NYC, San Francisco, Portland, LA.