CLAVVS Share “Interference” Single + Lyric Video
Amber Renee and Graham Marsh are CLAVVS, a Queens-based indie electronic duo crafting songs for the end of the world. At the start of their collaboration, they leaned into the pop format to tell stories that challenged American culture. Now, after two full-length albums and EPs, the duo’s songs are sharper and more prescient than ever. “Interference” is their latest offering, and it finds the pair grieving the state of human connection amidst ebullient, buoyant sound. That juxtaposition points to the heart of CLAVVS, a band making complicated songs feel light as air.
CLAVVS has received praise from Consequence of Sound, NPR, Under the Radar, and The Line of Best Fit. Their music has been featured in countless films and TV shows such as Gen V, You, The Sex Lives of College Girls, Uncoupled, Warrior Nun, and Queer as Folk.
Watch Interference Official Lyric Video – HERE
Tell us about being a duo.
Amber: It’s an interesting dynamic. I think we’re both grateful to have someone who knows the other so well that we can share our ideas and trust that together we’ll know how to shape them into something worthwhile. But it’s a process. Sometimes we disagree, and we have to leave ideas behind. It’s a balancing act like any relationship.
How is your creativity disrupting the indie music scene?
Graham: It’s more the disruption in the world that impacts my creativity rather than us being disruptive. I want to use our music to make sense of the disruption rather than add to it.
Amber: Totally! Disruption has never been our goal. We’re pretty isolated from a scene. We stopped playing shows because of COVID-19, which really affected my health and exacerbated my anxiety. I’ve only recently started to feel any level of peace, so I’m super protective of it. My experience in the indie music scene here has been dominated by disingenuous people, mostly men, whose misogyny and clout-chasing make them insufferable to be around. So I’m happy to disengage and live in my own world. Maybe that’s a disruption in and of itself.
What inspired this new track, “Interference?”
Amber: “Interference” is an observation of the culture. For a long time, I felt really lost and disoriented. My optimism was shattered. This song is a bit of a lighthouse for me, a way to reorient and understand what’s happened. People are operating from their own trauma and experiences, and often that creates a disconnect. Truly understanding someone else is a choice you can make. It’s a bridge.
Graham: I really love how the optimism of the track juxtaposes with the darker meaning of Amber’s lyrics. While the song explores the disruption in the world most of us are feeling, the music gives a small hint of hope that maybe we can come out of the other side in a better place.
How has NYC inspired you both creatively?
Amber: When we moved here, NYC was magic to me. It felt unknowable and alive and special. But having lived through the height of the pandemic here, something changed. I feel a shift towards an individualism that I don’t remember feeling before. And maybe it’s me, but the city feels a little less kind, a little more on edge than it used to. And it’s not all that hard to guess why. So of course that emerges in the art that I make. “Interference” definitely touches on that feeling and leaves room for a little hope that the future can be better.
Graham: New York has a relentlessness to it that forces me not to sit on my laurels for too long. It almost demands creativity which I really thrive on.
What can we expect next from you guys?
Amber: If anything, more songs about the state of the culture. We’ve always been an intersectional feminist band and we’ve made some anti-capitalist songs, but right now, that’s what I really want to keep writing about.
Graham: I’m here to support Amber’s vision of anti-capitalist pop songs.