“The Warm, Dark Circus” is coming soon! Keep an eye out for the release date!
A kaleidoscopic trip through the anxieties and possibilities of the present moment, the new album ranges through some of the weirdest, heaviest landscapes we’ve ever visited. Containing two epics that have been under construction as long as the band has been in existence alongside a handful of newer studio creations, it is the culmination of many years of experimentation and refinement lyrically and musically, a musical palimpsest.
Damon Waitkus – vocals, guitars, hammer dulcimers, piano, flutes, etc. Emily Packard – violin, viola Jason Hoopes – bass Jordan Glenn – drums, accordion, synth Kate McLoughlin – bassoon Thea Kelly – vocals Victor Reynolds – guitars, recorders, harmonica, vocals, etc. Ivor Holloway – saxophones Jon Russell – clarinets Keith Waters – baritone saxophone Karl Evangelista – electric guitar Art Elliot – piano Josh Packard – cello Ben Spees – microtonal guitars Myles Boisen – pedal steel
Damon Waitkus’ microtonal collaboration with Ben Spees of The Mercury Tree, VENTIFACTS, has just released an EP covering the entirety of R.E.M.’s release Chronic Town, as one continuous, barreling suite of songs.
Damon: The essential ghost of R.E.M. was never so upfront for me as in their earliest material…There’s always been something appealing and natural about going microtonal with this stuff–something in the pungency of the expanded pitch pallet seems to bring back the hauntedness that grabbed me when I first heard these songs.
What’s new with Jack O’ The Clock? Damon (voice, instruments) and Emily (violin), with help from Kate (voice, bassoon), Thea (voice), and Victor Reynolds (instruments), are currently working on overdubs for a new album of material derived from the many recording sessions we did with Jason and Jordan before leaving California in 2019. Though these were the same sessions that produced our 2021 album
LEAVING CALIFORNIA, the mood and energy of the new album is a world apart. Look for updates on this process on this site in the coming months.
As for the live band, Damon and Emily have been rehearsing a slew of new composed material with founding member Kate McLoughlin, Victor Reynolds (bass/guitar) and Ben James (drums). We hope to start playing out locally before too long under a different name, but the material is complex and we are not quite ready yet!