Clinical Trials is the electro-grunge offspring of Somer Bingham, a self-produced multi-instrumentalist and a powerful performer who recently brought her edgy sound & likable personality to Showtime’s docu-series The Real L Word. Bingham has found greener pastures since butting heads with the lead singer of the band on the show and being ousted in one of the last episodes. She brings all that energy and angst to Clinical Trials, which MTV Music Blog describes as “like Elastica with extra vitriol and a dash of grandeur.” Comparisons to Hole, Metric and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs give you an idea of the sound of this ballsy female duo Bingham forms with drummer Stacey Lee.
Lee is a pop-punk, riot-grrl inspired drummer, the powerhouse behind the kit who rhythmically anchors this riotous pair. With every bang on her kit, she adds her own touch of femininist-A.D.D to the male-dominated genre of rock n roll, inspired by the likes of Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi, Wild Flag) and Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint). As a combined force, these two ladies put out more volume and sonic pleasantries than most four piece bands.
Taking inspiration from the energy of Nirvana and early PJ Harvey, yet rooted in pop structure & melody, Clinical Trials oozes an intoxicating dysphoria that breeds in a world of whiskey waterfalls & post-punk pop. “If only Frances Bean would make up with Courtney – they would probably enjoy checking out this band together.” – Dave Cromwell, The Deli Magazine
On Sunday, February 16th, Clinical Trials will being playing Chicago for the first time on a bill at Reggie’s Music Joint. The duo hits the Windy City while on a brief tour through Columbus, OH and Detroit, MI, where they’re playing an event to benefit the city’s homeless population. Doors open at 7pm and their set time is 7:30pm. Also on the bill are two other Brooklyn-based bands, indie rockers Walking Shapes and dark electro-pop songstress Seasick Mama. The show is 21 & up with a $5 cover.
Clinical Trials’ demo from their upcoming release, “Devils”:
Single & video for their latest release, “Polly Got Away”: