by Xavier Toby in New Music on Tuesday 2 August 2011

Rock/pop with an alt country twist, The Cliffords play hook filled songs with roaring choruses and lyrics that stick. ‘You guys would be the best pop band in Melbourne if ya pulled ya finger out’, a Melbourne publican told them. So they did, and finally produced their first full-length album.

They’ve been playing the pub scene for years, rocking out the sweaty, pounding gigs for which the Melbourne scene is renowned. It’s difficult to pick highlights out of this 13 track album as each song delivers an equally powerful but varied pitch. Personal favourites are Saturday Morning, Whiskey in the Water and Wagon Wheel.