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Patrick Clarke

Staff Writer at The Quietus and Freelance Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

A London-based writer with Liverpudlian roots, I'm a recent graduate of City University's Magazine Journalism MA, staff writer at Europe's leading independent culture website The Quietus, a freelance journalist with bylines for The BBC, NME, Metro, DIY among many others, and a copywriter for hire.

I specialise in (although am by no means limited to) art, culture, politics and opinion. Commission me!

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Portfolio
BBC Three
12/14/2018
Inside the mind of Kanye West

The rapper has hit the headlines almost as much for his mental health as his music this year, but what's really going on?

The Quietus
04/09/2019
Too Much Love: An Interview With Fat White Family

Photo by Duncan Stafford The narrative surrounding Fat White Family has usually concerned frontman Lias Saoudi and guitarist Saul Adamczewski. They have been considered the central creative partnership of the group, a flawed, frayed and fractious partnership, but central nonetheless.

The Quietus
04/10/2018
Eric's, Probe And The Armadillo: The Story Of Liverpool Music, 1976-1988

Pink Industry live at Eric's On July 19 1984 The Mighty Wah! were the opening act on Top Of The Pops. They performed 'Come Back', then at number 28 amid a five-week stint in the Top 40, with bristling energy, a look of frenzy in their eyes and the kind of swagger imbued not just by a band, but by an entire city at its creative peak.

The Quietus
01/17/2019
Toxic Concepts: An Interview With Deerhunter's Bradford Cox

I get the impression Bradford Cox is a little bit sick of being interviewed about the new Deerhunter record. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia and he's a night owl, so that makes it easier to organise a load of European phone interviews, but tQ is apparently quite far down the queue.

The Quietus
06/12/2017
Witch Hunts, Resurgence and Defiance: Heavy Metal In The Middle East

Twenty years on from the arrests of 100 Egyptian metal fans, across a series of interviews across the Middle East Patrick Clarke speaks to metal musicians about their defiance to keep the genre thriving, despite risks of imprisonment, torture, and in some cases, execution.

The Line of Best Fit
Pstereo Festival is a rich and varied delight in the heart of one of Europe's most beautiful cities

For a historic town of less than 200,000 people, Trondheim has a musical calendar that puts cities twenty times its size to shame. Pstereo sits alongside the SXSW-esque Trondheim Calling in February, Trondheim Jazz Festival and the grassroots one-dayer Bakkefestivalen in May, Trondheim Rocks in June (which this year featured Iron Maiden), while the century-old cultural institution UKA (Norway's biggest festival) takes over the whole of October every second year.

The Quietus
01/29/2019
LIVE REPORT: Black Midi At Brixton Windmill

Photo by the author It's one of those days where everything's going right, apart from a rail replacement bus from Falmouth. It gets me to Truro just in time for my connection to Plymouth, and the strange man who keeps staring at me and waggling a bottle of wine with a grin gets off before I change onto the final train to London.

Stylist
10/19/2017
"Why all men must take responsibility for stamping out sexual harassment and abuse"

Following the slew of allegations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, millions of women have been taking to social media to share their own stories of sexual harassment and abuse under the hashtag #MeToo. But sexual abuse is not just a women’s issue and, in response, men have begun sharing pledges to take responsibility under the hashtag #HowIWillChange. Here, freelance journalist Patrick Clarke explains the lessons men can learn from the movement – and how he plans to change...

The Quietus
03/14/2019
The Strange World Of... Sublime Frequencies

Ahead of a night dedicated to the label as part of Berlin's Find The File festival, Alan Bishop, one of the founders of Sublime Frequencies, picks ten points of entry into the crucial label's extraordinary back catalogue of sounds from across the globe

The Quietus
04/26/2018
No, Streaming Services Are Not 'Saving The Music Industry'

Recent reports that streaming is now the 'biggest money-maker' for the music biz have prompted hyperbolic claims that Spotify and co have 'saved the music industry'. In reality, this could not be further from the truth.

The Quietus
03/04/2019
Mexican Excellence: Carnaval De Bahidorá Reviewed

Photo by Andrea Gunar That the team behind Carnaval De Bahidorá got their hands on Las Estacas is something of a miracle. It is not just a beautiful site, in the way that Green Man or Festival No.6 are set in beautiful sites, it is a staggeringly pretty place.

The Quietus
02/27/2019
"I Enjoy Silence!": Michael Rother's 13 Favourite Albums

With a show at London's Under The Bridge on 5 April, Michael Rother of Neu!, Harmonia, and a newly-boxsetted solo career takes Patrick Clarke through his life in 13 records, from Little Richard to Fuck Buttons, even though he doesn't really listen to music any more

The Quietus
06/13/2018
Not Elsewhere: Björk at We Love Green

In a set that both creates a wonderful new world and re-ignites material from a decades-long career, Björk continues to push forwards and upwards

Technikart Magazine
09/04/2017
The KLF In Liverpool (French Language)

Le 23 Août dernier, les mythiques The KLF revenaient après un silence de 23 ans avec un happening horsnome. S'aggisait-il d'un come-back foireux? D'un rite païen? Ou de la plus géniale entourloupe de l'histoire de la pop? Notre reporter y était...

The Quietus
02/19/2018
Melancholy Optimism: Manic Street Preachers Interviewed

The Manic Street Preachers thought they might never make another album again, then along came Resistance Is Futile. Patrick Clarke meets Nicky Wire to discuss a record that's either the start of a great new era or the end of it all

The Quietus
10/03/2017
Transforming, Vibrating: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Reviewed

All photos by Rowan Allen The O2 Arena is the venue for the last of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds' five UK dates. Such has the reception been to his sets across the rest of the country by the time it comes round - breathless, clamouring effusions of praise, "the best show I've ever seen him do" etc.

The Quietus
02/27/2018
But You Didn't: Confidence Man Interviewed

When Confidence Man arrived last year, surfing a tidal wave of glistening bangers, it was as if they were a band conjured in some kind of perfect-pop laboratory. They are fronted by Sugar Bones, a muscular hunk in hotpants, and Janet Planet, a woman in a custom baby-doll dress, who perform manic synchronised dances on stage, and backed by two mysterious musicians in black veils (Clarence McGuffrie and Reggie Goodchild).

The Line of Best Fit
Dhani Harrison: Positively Brainwashed

It's taken over 15 years of constant work for Harrison to release an album that's truly and solely his own, however and IN // PARALLEL is be his debut LP as simply 'Dhani Harrison'.

Gigwise
02/18/2018
End Come Too Soon: Wild Beasts' last ever show reviewed

There have been many farewells from the more interesting stalwarts of the last decade of the UK indie scene of late, many of whom have played a farewell tour like Wild Beasts'. Take The Maccabees, for example, who ended their run with three consecutive dates at Alexandra Palace.

The Quietus
07/04/2017
Differing Experiences: Radiohead Live At Glastonbury

Radiohead's headline spot was a set of ups and downs, or so our man-on-the-ground Patrick Clarke believed. But the outside world did not agree - so when is a disappointment actually a triumph?

The Quietus
04/11/2017
Amended Legacy: The Kinks' Ray Davies Interviewed

As Ray Davies prepares for the launch of the next phase of his colossal Americana project, Patrick Clarke speaks to the Kinks frontman on America, Britain, and why he's never voted.

The Quietus
09/27/2017
INTERVIEW: Penny Rimbaud on Wilfred Owen

The artist, activist and Crass founder Penny Rimbaud speaks to Patrick Clarke on his powerful new album, setting the war poetry of Wilfred Owen to intense interpretative jazz

The Quietus
03/14/2017
No Sleep 'Til Notting Hill: The Moonlandingz Interviewed

As The Moonlandingz prepare for the launch of their debut album, Patrick Clarke tracks down Valhalladale's finest to the depths of the Yorkshire moors to talk fact, fiction, and the end of the world

The Quietus
06/15/2017
A Macabre Release: An Interview With SPQR

With an exclusive premiere of their new single 'Suffer', Patrick Clarke meets with rising Liverpool three-piece SPQR to talk rehearsing in a vet's, cutting up dead bodies for a living, and channeling the macabre on stage

AUDIO

Mixcloud
Morning Glory (29/01/2018)

James Endeacott and Raf Rundell used to share digs in the lofts of the Hammer House of Horror on Wardour Street. Their landlord was Bob The Builder. Partially blamed for the collapse of Northern Rock the pair were turned onto the cold streets in 2009.

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