backinhumanform is currently comprised of only one human: Irish-born Joe Clarke. Now residing in Manchester, England, Clarke made the decision to go solo this past year, writing and performing his own unique brand of indie folk songs with a 90s rock twist. Where backinhumanform will go from here is still freeform in Clarke’s mind, but with the release of his first four songs on Soundcloud, he’s ready to show the music world his distinctive vocal style mixed with modern folk music.
Joe Clarke began his singing career in 2005 travelling around Britain and Ireland, playing open mics and coffeehouses in Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, York and the Isle of Man. In 2009 he tried his hand at songwriting and decided to make a permanent move to Manchester, getting involved full-time in the city’s buzzing music scene. Soon after this move, Clarke joined the trippy punk-inspired band, Adventures of Salvador, as their singer. Known for their raucous live shows, the band played a number of Manchester’s well-known venues including The Black Lion and Night and Day Café.
After over three years and a single release with Adventures of Salvador, Clarke decided to strike out on his own, creating this first incarnation of backinhumanform. With all songs composed by Clarke, the nine songs he recorded in late 2014 were performed with a full backing band. Citing influences like James and Mazzy Star, Clarke’s solo style is stripped down, folksy and compositionally a stark departure from his previous band. The punk-and-90s rock edge still sneaks its way in, however, through vocals which some fans may equate with the Psychedelic Furs’ Richard Butler.
Four of Clarke’s first nine songs as backinhumanform currently appear on his Soundcloud page for streaming, and he plans to turn them into an EP shortly with a music video for the first track, “Dreads.” Beyond that, Clarke is open to the possible changing forms of backinhumanform. He enjoys performing his own compositions with a full band, but putting together a permanent group for this new style remains to be seen. In the meantime, Clarke is hoping that audiences will enjoy folk-inspired songs with indie punk vocals while he continues to tinker with his exciting new project, backinhumanform.