By Anna Lynch, Contributor
It’s been a pinnacle year for Omaha-based Indie R&B band Clark & Company. Between the band’s debut album release, “Three of Swords,” last November; snagging a finalist spot in the 10th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards, alongside iconic namesakes Emmylou Harris and JD Souther; and earning a 2015 Omaha Entertainment and Arts (OEA) Awards nomination in the “Best R&B/Soul” category, there’s no doubt Clark & Company has been hitting all the right notes.
A relatively young band with a mature, signature sound, Clark & Company is comprised of 17-year-old triplets Sophie, Simon and Cooper Clark. Sophie is the vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter for the Clark & Company crew, while Cooper plays acoustic and electric bass and Simon is on drums and percussion. Company members and musicians Cameron Thelander, Michael Palandri and Sam Tarin further complement the band.
Now, nearly a year after the release of Clark & Company’s first album, the band is ready to release their follow-up album “Larger World” on Nov. 28 at the Slowdown.
In comparison to “Three of Swords,” Sophie said “Larger World” has a fuller, tighter and more solid sound, and “the songs are more upbeat and driving.” The album name also has dual meaning.
“We decided to call the album ‘Larger World’ after one of the songs on the album, but the title is also symbolic for my brothers and I,” she said. “This coming year is going to be a big change for us as we move into college and different journeys of our lives. We are moving into a ‘larger world’ in a sense.”
For the Clark siblings, that ‘larger world’ will be the transition from high school seniors to UNO Mavericks next fall.
“I’m excited to be a part of the great school that UNO is and to start to find my path,” Sophie said.
Sophie isn’t the only Clark looking forward to becoming a Maverick.
“I’m excited to check out the music scene and all the opportunities UNO has to offer,” Simon said.
Like many soon-to-be college freshman, Cooper is also looking ahead to what his first year at UNO will bring.
“I’m really excited to live on campus and meet new people, as well as explore my interests,” he said.
While college is in the near future, the band is currently focusing on the release of its second album and the year to come.
“I’m really looking forward to the band playing more shows, and to meeting new people, keep making connections,” Sophie said. “I’m beginning to work on new songs and new music for another [possible] future album…we’ll see where the year takes us.”
Clark & Company plans to stick together throughout college and to continue playing shows locally.
“We aren’t planning on majoring in music, but just keeping it as a hobby and to continue to learn and grow,” she said. “We’re all interested in studying different things, but we’ll always have music to tie us together.”
The maturity and professionalism of the Clark & Company siblings is evident not only through their original sound, but also their storytelling lyrics.
“It’s a very interpretative, personal expression that only you can develop,” Sophie said about songwriting. “Writing has to be developed; it has to take shape through different influences. To this day, I’m still developing my writing and being influenced by other music. The process never ends.”
Just like the new album’s upbeat tempo and powerful lyrics, Clark & Company continues the rest of 2014 full speed ahead. In anticipation to its CD Release Show on Friday, Nov. 28 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Slowdown, Clark & Company will also take the stage a week prior to compete in the OEA Showcase on Nov. 21 at the 402 Collective in Benson.
Tickets to the Larger World CD Release Show, with special guest Alli and I, can be purchased in advance for $5, or day of show for $7.