Frances Clare is a five-piece band that has toured extensively both locally and internationally, sharing stages with the likes of Mango Groove, Matthew Mole, Wheatus, Zolani from Freshlyground and more.
With stripped-down lyrics, expert nuancing, beautifully layered vocal melodies and consistently open, honest delivery, Frances Clare presents the listener with a balanced showcase of emotional integrity and untold maturity that speaks to the innate talent of the five music teachers who make up this enigmatic Cape Town-based act.
Their most recent tour took the pared-down ensemble of Frances and Steven to the UK in the heart of winter, playing well-known venues like The Bedford, where both Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have performed; The Halfmoon in Putney that previously hosted U2; as well as the Dublin Castle in Camden where they headlined a show in a space where Amy Winehouse used to sing.
The filming of the video for ‘Catastrophic’ was an exercise in pure serendipity. Recorded in one take in the beautiful St John’s church in Hoxton, the opportunity to create the video presented itself when Benoist had a sudden cancellation for a live recording and opened the floor to interested artists via a social media post. Frances Clare was tagged by a new friend from Paris, and just happened to be available on the very night that he would be recording in London.
The result is an expertly crafted video that makes the most of the wonderful acoustics of the space, providing the perfect backdrop for a piece that Frances had written at the very start of her career and also happened to be the song that inspired guitarist Devon to approach her to form a band in the first place.