Smalltown America


American Clay release "Talk"

Delighted to announce the release of our second lathe cut 7 with American Clay's first single "Talk".

The exclusive one track lathe cut 7 will be available to pre-order from 26th October and will feature the bands lead single "Talk". Each of these, specially created records, are made by hand using Japanese lathes from 1970. Due to the delicacy of the pressing process stock will be extremely limited. 

American Clay are in an embryonic form in many ways. They have yet to play ten shows, and despite their lack of released music, they have already supported some of the bands that were fundamental to their inception, be it Krill, Pile or Total Babes, (featuring Cloud Nothings’ Jayson Gercyz).

American Clay started out as a bedroom project for Martin Johnston. It then turned into a university assignment, then a fully fledged live band. "Talk" is the first song that Johnston (22) has written, subsequently the first set of American Clay recordings feature Martin on every instrument, reminiscent of Dave Grohl’s role on the first Foo Fighters album. 

Similar to the aforementioned album, musicianship is not compromised on these recordings. Their first single, “Talk”, although an early representation of American Clay, still demonstrates the quartets love for guitar shackled dissonant pop, thundering drums and distant yet hooky vocals.

This is the first time Johnston has swapped sitting behind the drums and adopted the unfamiliar role of a frontman. The transition to the stage has been helped along by his three bandmates, Chris McKeown (Drums), William Clapperton (Bass), & Ross Stewart (Guitar). 

At our 6th All Dayer in Derry, the band garnered the immediate support of BBC Radio Ulster DJ Stephen McCauley, immediately lifting a live recording from the gig and broadcasting it on his next radio show. The DJ commented on his first impressions of American Clay; “…for all of us that night it was our first experience of the band, and the reaction to the set was nothing short of phenomenal.”