“One of the greatest rock and roll bands in the free world.” -Wavy Gravy
In 1987 Clan Dyken released it’s first recording for sale to the public. To celebrate and document more than twenty years of recording and touring Clan Dyken has released Retrospective, a three disc set with remastered songs from the first recordings to the most recent release. With the release of the CD Love Is, Clan Dyken continues to produce a unique, danceable, stylistically varied music that is well known and loved at home in California -they were voted “Best Band in Calaveras County” in a recent newspaper poll and beyond. They have played over 1500 live shows, toured the US from Hawaii to the East Coast, and played across the ocean in England, France and Italy.
“The music has a powerful, danceable boogie pulse, a certain funkypunkyness that roams around for a chunk of reggae here, an African guitar there, Native American beats and lots of good old guitar contribute to the dynamics. Clan Dyken sings of its truths, plays with conviction and has convincing music and messages.” -Jonathan E, BAM Magazine
Clan Dyken has released eleven albums on their own Forward Productions label. Songs from those recordings are featured in films and heard on radio around the world. They are perhaps best known as the activist band that has played in clear cut forests, proposed nuke dumps, nuke test sites, Indian reservations and many more cutting edge venues, often using solar generated electricity, and /or plant fuels, for recording and performing. The band is fiercely independent; having self produced all of their material, many festivals, events and projects of various sorts. The music reflects this experience in content and form.
The albums have been well received, but it is the live performance that sets this group apart. It’s an emotional, high energy charge that draws people in. The musical pulse of the crowd is raised, as they become part of the show.
“I made a point of catching the Clans next performance. I soon found myself swept into the whirling dervish of sweaty humanity, twirling to the Clan’s hypnotic, congofied chord patterns and shouting some paean to peace and social justice, celebrating Earth Mother in a Sacramento style Dead Head ceremony, sans-hallucinogens.” -Tim McHargue, Suttertown News
The band has seen many incarnations through more than 2 5 years and eleven record releases. The line up includes Bear on guitars, vocals and other primitive instruments, Mark on drums and vocals, Somer Moon on vocals and Bear’s son, Silas on bass.