CLINTON KANE is coming to BOULDER THEATER on Monday 12th September 2022. Tickets are available on Friday 15 July at 10am HERE.
Clinton Kane isn’t afraid to cry. He’s also not afraid to ask questions, laugh, yell, speak his mind, or push the envelope. He could ponder God in one song only to wonder what the heck went wrong in one relationship in the next. As broad as he may be lyrically and conceptually, he is also a highly disciplined and self-taught singer, guitarist, pianist, drummer and producer. Heartache, nights on park benches, and an incredible journey to the brink of adulthood inspired his 2022 debut album, Maybe One Day Everything Will Be Alright. [Columbia Records].
“To be honest, all of these songs made me cry,” he says. “I wanted to talk about the story of my life, all the good memories, all the bad memories and all the feelings of heartbreak, loss and love. I’m not a teenager anymore; i’m a bit a bit like a young older person. It essentially connects to the coming-of-age story. After a tough time, everyone asks, “Will it ever get better?” These songs speak of hopelessness, but also of hope. You know that one day everything will be fine.”
As for the story, Clinton traveled to the UK from Perth, Australia as a child. Living in Santorini and beyond as a teenager, he lived out of a backpack as he gained traction with a string of independent releases before signing with Columbia Records. In 2019 he served on the This is what it feel like EP before guesting on Martin Garrix’s Drown in early 2020.
He built an international following and generated more than 1 billion streams in a catalog starred as “Fix It To Break It”, “I Don’t Want To Watch The World End With Someone Else” and “Remember The Tomorrows”. becomes. He’s also sold out consecutive headlining tours and garnered the acclaim of NME, Billboard and more, in addition to landing on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia. Along the way, he carefully pieced together what might one day be all right in Los Angeles and Amsterdam. In 2021 and 2022, he preceded the album with two gold-selling singles “CHICKEN TENDIES” and “I GUESS I’M IN LOVE” and “GO TO HELL”.
When it came to the title, a phone call to a friend was revealing.
“In the last year I’ve lost three family members and my outlook on life has changed,” he recalls. “I was having a conversation with one of my best friends on the phone. The conversation ended with ‘You know, maybe everything will be fine’. When that was said, I immediately got chills. I knew exactly how the album was going to play from there.”
With his latest release “14” he officially introduced the record. Originally written at 2am one night, acoustic guitar creaks beneath his emotionally charged vocals as he confesses, “I wish I was someone else just to feel enough for myself.”
“It’s about the different stages of my life at 14, 17, 19 and 20,” he reveals. “It relates to doubts and self-esteem issues. As a Filipino Norwegian I would go to the Philippines and not feel accepted. I would go to Norway and not feel accepted. With that Australian accent, it gets even more confusing. It speaks of not wanting to be who I was. There is a lot of self hatred, insecurity and embarrassment. I didn’t feel like I was related to people or that I belonged.” Elsewhere, in ONE MORE DAY WITH YOU, he addresses the aftermath of “the recent death of a very special person.”
Then comes the finale “I WISH I CULD HATE YOU FOR BREAKING ME AND CALLING IT LOVE”. The airy production underscores raw vocals enhanced by distortion and a breathless scream of “You keep on f-ing me up in the head”.
“You might hear it and think it’s another song about a girl,” he says. “It’s really about my mother. We had a very complicated relationship growing up. I was in my teenage anxiety phase. You can tell by the title.”
In the end, Clinton might make you feel strong enough to let your emotions out, too.
“When you hear this, I hope you take comfort and peace,” he finishes. “I want you to know you have a friend going through the same thing as you so you don’t feel so alone in the world.”