The Clean


About The Clean

With a style that brought together shaggy punk energy, jangling pop melody, and touches of psychedlic experimentation, New Zealand trio the Clean helped define the "Dunedin sound" shared by many of their peers on the Flying Nun roster, and proved to have a dramatic and lasting influence on indie rock on the whole. Formed in 1978 by drummer Hamish Kilgour, his brother David on guitar, and school friend Peter Gutteridge on bass, the Clean operated in fits and starts for the next four decades and beyond, exploring the confluence of noise and melody on essential early singles and EPs as well as branching into different articulations of their sound on full-length albums like 1994's Modern Rock and 2009's Mister Pop. The band remained sporadically active -- including U.S. tours in 2012 and 2014 -- until Hamish Kilgour's death in 2022.

Dunedin, NZ

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