Road to the Heart
Clancy releases his debut album 'Road to the Heart'. The album was co-written by HERM, who also released his debut album 'Monsters' earlier this year. Clancy was once a singer-songwriting drummer with The National Prayer Breakfast (NPB) a band who released three albums worth of garage rock at the turn of the last century (The Irish Times called them 'important' and NME compared them favourably to Lou Reed). But something must have happened to Clancy between then and now because while the NPB (like Clancy's childhood musical heroes KISS) sang from the crotch, Clancy now sings simple, unpretentious ballads from the heart. So with an old guitar picked and plucked fervently, a smooth electric guitar dripping sweet tones like honey and butterscotch and a voice rasping with character, Clancy has absorbed aspects of artists such as Bonny Prince Billy, Josh Ritter, Beck (sea change), Eels, Leonard Cohen, and Grant Lee Buffalo. The single 'Hope in your Heart' is a simple upbeat song of hope and optimism.