REVIEW album CLONE Knock Out Drops Vol. II

Vancouver’s CLONE Drop Dazzling Glam-Inspired EP “Knock Out Drops Vol. II"

Knock Out Drops Vol. II


CLONE is a lush rock ’n’ roll collage that fuses the sequined swagger of 70’s glam with the DIY gut punch of early punk and polishes it all off with the audacious vocals of contemporary pop. Familiar yet totally unique, CLONE revitalizes the glory days, reminding us what rock and roll is all about. Giving nods to bands like T-Rex and Sweet, replete with heavy background vocals and simple, effective guitar riffs, CLONE set out to really define who they are with Knock Out Drops Vol. II. Adding just enough Glam elements but keeping it somewhat contemporary at the same time, CLONE skates that fine line without sounding too retro. Collaborating again with producer/engineer Eric Mosher, all instruments were tracked live off the floor at the Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with vocal overdubs were done at the band’s studio in East Vancouver.

Lyrically, CLONE wanted to “flip” the perspective of the glam genre which is generally male dominated (with a few notable exceptions) and have the same themes come from a woman’s point of view. The genre has been historically dominated by men like David Bowie, Marc Bolan, and The New York Dolls who pushed gender norms, making people uncomfortable.

CLONE is a female-fronted collective of musicians from various eclectic backgrounds who bonded over their shared love of 70’s rock, specifically glam rock. Nods to T-Rex, Suzi Quatro, The Runaways, Sweet, New York Dolls, and Iggy and the Stooges inspire their catalog of rock anthems that fuse punk with glitter and power with pop. CLONE was created by guitarist Kelly Zombor and front woman Juniper Watters with the remainder of the band consisting of refreshingly experienced musicians: Lee Forrester (lead guitar), Gil Forrester (bass) and Jack Guppy (drums). They have been a favorite pick on SiriusXM's Rodney Bingenheimer Show and on Internet radio including Dandy’s Stardust Dive. CLONE has been DIY since the beginning - producing their first EP in 2020 along with four music videos which they wrote, directed, designed, photographed and edited thanks to decades of experience as working technicians in the BC film industry. CLONE share a unique ability to connect with their inner alter egos who come out to play on stage. As David Bowie once said, “Freedom is born in the realms of eccentricity” and CLONE illuminates this beautifully.