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“The San Diego scene for our sound is alright,” says Beejay Buduan, guitarist and songwriter in Clockart, over coffee at Twiggs on Park.

“It’s more of a rock city. It was getting pretty big here, the whole beach, chillwave thing. Bands like Dirty Gold and TV Girl happened and the scene got a lot bigger, but it’s kind of dying now.”

Yall 'memer chillwave?

The more-or-less made up genre was termed by a Hipster Runoff blogger to describe a handful of bands with vaguely similar styles, namely a synth-heavy, ambient, lo-fi New Wave sound driven by mostly dance-friendly beats.

Blogger Carles likened it to “something playing in the background of an old VHS cassette that you found in your attic from the late ’80s/’90s” and, for a few months around the summer of 2009, it was the raddest thing on the planet.

Employing dual Telecasters, a Micro Korg, a Roland sampler, live and programmed drums, and ample pedal effects, Clockart finds an ethereal, lo-fi, chillwave-y, nu-gaze-y, dream poppy sound defined by super processed signals and synth/singer Allie Underwood’s 'verb soaked vocals.

“We use lots of chorus,” says Beejay. “Kind of that ‘80s, Bee Gees thing.”


The five piece band (local SDSU and City College kids ranging from 20 – 23 years old) cites influences including Cocteau Twins, The Sundays, Dominant Legs, Twin Sister, Washed Out, Toro y Moi, and Small Black, but, says Allie, “Somehow we always end practice with a Bee Gees cover.

"Beejay – he writes all the instrumentation – always describes our sound as ‘bliss.’ For me, it’s about nostalgia for things that don’t exist anymore. Or never existed.”

“Like relationships?” offers Beejay.

“Isn’t everything about relationships?” Allie says.

“I take a more guy approach,” Beejay concludes. “She’s more about feelings.”

“We used to be called Aurora Borealis but it was too hard to say,” says Allie. “Then it was going to be Clock Heart, but they thought it was too girly. It’s from the Wizard of Oz – ‘Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.’ But Clockart is cool, too, because music is decorated time.”

Now in the process of recording their second EP, Clockart started decorating time together about a year ago when Allie posted a band mates wanted ad on Craigslist.

“She had me after listing ‘Beach House’ as an influence,” says Beejay.

The band has since played venues including Tin Can Ale House and Soda Bar with bands such as Lunar Maps, Dr. Seahorse, and Neon Cock.

Catch the wave this Thursday, December 22, with TV Girl, Tropical Popsicle, and Kynan at Soda Bar.

“It’ll be good to play with similar San Diego chillwave bands,” says drummer Anthony Bautista.

“We started chillwave,” says Allie, “but now we’re more of a ‘70s thing.”

“Let’s just face it,” says Grant Glibert (Freezing Vinyl) who learned to play bass a week before the band’s first gig. “We’re going to end up a Bee Gees cover band.”

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