An Alternative-Pop group based in the Midwest, D.CLEA is Darien Clea, Caleb Block, Matt Fritzler, and Ryan Westeren. This collective's road as a band has, from the beginning, been defined by their disregard for the normal way of doing things.
Some artists write from skill first, setting boundaries along the way so that when it comes time to perform the song, it's something they can actually pull off. For D. CLEA, however, the songs are dreamed up first, and it's not unusual for them to step into the practice room and find the songs have grown taller than their capabilities. This "creativity first, logistics later" mentality, and the hours of practice it demands, is what gives their music its polished, innovative sound, and it also happens to be the reason they didn't release a studio album until their sixth year of playing music together.
IN SICKNESS, D.CLEA's debut record, is the result of years of writing, re-writing, and re-re-writing, and thus, in itself, a living metaphor for the very concept of the album: being cut away at and refined by love in all its unexpectedly bitter, grief-ridden, and self-sacrifice demanding moments. And while IN SICKNESS was written over a period of half a decade, their sophomore album IN HEALTH was written in under 6 months with the exception of a single track.
IN HEALTH in many ways contains emotional ghosts of its predecessor, but lyrically bares a newfound soul maturity, and musically takes risks that were side-stepped on their previous album. Releasing January 18th of 2018, IN HEALTH promises to be a big step forward for D.CLEA, and just the beginning of what's to come from this band.
Vocals, Keyboard, Songwriter / Darien
Guitar / Caleb
Drums / Matt
Bass / Ryan