Claire on a Dare Background Info
Claire On A Dare formed in 2012 when Stephen Dix and Raya Ghajar joined forces to create an edgy band incorporating elements of goth, glam, shoe gaze, and psychedelia. Raya’s passionate vocals are set against Stephen’s unique guitar style, which he likens to the shoe gazers, using analog pedals to create distinctive guitar soundscapes. The band is as melodic as they are heavy, thanks to hard hitting drummer Mike Uharriet, and bassist Nick Santana . (via ReverbNation)
Aside from having a pretty cool name, Claire on a Dare makes some very awesome music! While considered Indie, Goth, and/or Shoegaze, to me Claire on a Dare is more of a Shoegaze and Grunge type of mix with perhaps a bit of Lo-Fi and ever so subtle hints of Punk. Labels really annoy the crap out of some people, and understandably so. But for people who have never heard of this band, they are going to want to know what they are getting themselves into. And what, exactly, are they getting themselves into? Think Veronica Falls… minus the British and the Pop plus reverb, flange, and distortion.
Claire on a Dare makes more than just songs. They make “ear-art” ™ (I just trade-marked that. It’s mine now). There is such a bevy of sounds, melodies, and harmonies going on at any given time in Claire on a Dare’s songs. And while you might think that would be over-stimulating and too much for the ears, somehow (I assume through magic) the band is able to take those sounds and create something that you immediately recognize are greatness the second you hear it. And while I compare them to Veronica Falls, that comparison comes mainly in the lyrics.
Raya’s lyrics don’t necessarily always match the songs. That is to say, the rather upbeat sound of a song like Pulverize, for example, is contrasted greatly by the, let’s say - not - so upbeat lyrics. Not that that is a bad thing, because it’s not. It’s actually a wonderful thing, like putting yellow next to purple (contrasting colors; Art class; Mr. Cheeseman (yes that was his real name)). It’s an additional level of amazingness that could be lost on some people, that’s why I mention it. At least people like me could overlook it, assuming you know my issue with understanding lyrics. If you don’t, read some other reviews on here and you’ll figure it out.
My favorite song was Distant Star, though it was a bit of a toss up between that and Go Numb. Funny story – the first time I heard Go Numb, the first say, 2 seconds, it reminded me of Zombie by The Cranberries. Ok, well that really wasn’t funny and it wasn’t much of a story, but Claire on a Dare is much of a band… *sigh* Ignore me, listen to the music. It’s great stuff. You’ll love it.