Clawjob is the musical brainchild of Nick Burgess and Mike Gintz, two friends who went from re-making Mega Man soundtracks together as undergrads at BU to starting the most conceptually adventurous band in Boston.
Spacecrackers, Clawjob’s debut album released in 2006, is an outer space rock opera about love and world annihilation that sounds like Ziggy Stardust on a steady diet of Chocolate and Cheese. The story line is well worth following and highly rewarding as long as you don’t neccesitate a happy ending. What needs to be accounted for here is that this band is imaginative beyond where most bands would be willing to go and deserve acknowledgement on that merit alone.
In 2008 they released their follow-up album entitled Manifest Destiny, a concept album about life in 19th-century America that displays the band’s ability to vary not only their lyrical content but the music as well. The phrasing has veered away from theatrical towards a more direct Wire-y approach that corners you with it’s immediacy.
Both of these gents are obviously well-versed in historical context and at every turn look to reveal the humorous patterns of self-destruction embedded in civilization. Bear witness to Clawjob in all their deconstructive glory this Wed at TT’s.
Q&A w/ Clawjob
- Q: When talking about the thought process behind your recently released EP Manifest Destiny, you’ve been quoted as saying, “We were looking for parallels between the US 150 years ago and the US now. They had a kind of optimism for the future, with new discoveries and the thought that technology was going to save the day.” If technology is not going to save the day in 2009 then what, besides Clawjob, is capable of doing so? Or is you’re outlook as a band entirely fatalistic?
A: Our first album ended with the destruction of humanity, and we have at least a few more apocalyptic projects in the pipeline, so the failure of the human race does seem to be a pretty constant theme in our work. Mike is currently reading “The World Without Us” and we’re both, for better or worse, fascinated with the awful things that people have been doing to this planet. That said, Manifest Destiny is still less about the future being completely hopeless than it is about the danger of repeating the mistakes of the past, and less about the fact that nothing will save us than it is about the fact that people are probably going to keep acting and feeling like people for as long as they exist.
- Q: How does having a second album, that is not a rock opera, effect the way in which you present your music in a live setting?
- Q: What is the most flattering/sickening band comparisons Clawjob has received from fans, friends, family, press etc…?
- Q: Your 2006 debut Space Crackers was an ambitious rock opera based on a completely original story line. Did you know you wanted to make a rock opera before coming up with the story? If so, what other story ideas did you come up with that eventually lost out to the Space Crackers story?
So, nothing major was lost or changed, just weird little ideas.
- Q: If you could play a show in Boston with 3 other local bands who would they be and at what Boston venue would you play?
- Listen to Clawjob…\”Diamond Hoax\” by Clawjob