Underclaire has been making music together for more than ten years. They have shared the stage with acts such as Living Sacrifice, Candlebox, Saliva, Corey Glover (Living Colour), Attack Attack, The Kicks, and Sparta to name a few. Consistently putting out albums and playing regionally, they have made a name for themselves as a Little Rock, AR mainstay.
Established through a mega-decibel, two-guitar onslaught and winning a New Music Monday at Vino's Brewpub in Little Rock, AR, the band traveled to Memphis, TN to participate in the Crossroads Music Festival where they were featured on the Good Morning, Memphis show. Playing gigs regionally the band honed their songwriting and released their debut Lights Out, Cairo, recorded at Poynter's Palace, in 1999.
"It is very obvious that Underclaire has staked out a beautiful sonic territory full of amazing dynamics. You get a sense from listening to this disc that the members of the band have been in the trenches and that the songs they sing about are full of the life experiences of their various members. They seem to be close to the march and visions of battle seem to creep into the auditory brain stem."-PAUL LOVETT (HTS Recording)
"Whoa. I'm trying to think about the great guitar records I've heard in the last year or so. There was that Built to Spill and the Sleater-Kinney and, well, put this local band on the list. The thundering riffs work because they are tied to great structures in solid songs. Hurricane gives off chills. The Last Smile ends with a whirlpool of glistening shards. There are times when the choppy heavy metal gets to be too much and the darkness gets a little too dark. But mostly Underclaire stomps its way to a remarkable finish. A-“ -WERNER TRIESCHMANN (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
In 2003, refreshed, experienced, and reunited, Underclaire began working on tracks for a second album. By February 2004, Underclaire had enlisted Barry Poynter—once again—to launch them into the sessions for their sophomore release: Smalltown X. The band had matured and this album proved it by embracing the less-is-more position. However, the tracks on Smalltown X still stake a claim in guitar-band territory while teetering on the verge of a new-wave-minimalist approach.
"Now this isn’t the Underclaire I remember. True, it has been a while, but I recall a bracing, willfully difficult Little Rock squad that dropped guitar clank and scrape on your brainpan like it was medicine they thought you needed. This Underclaire—Michael Alan Mullins, Bryan Allen Baker and Edison Siongco DeLeon—has developed a relationship with song structure, dramatic tension and modulation. In other words, Smalltown X pulls you in and holds you. The guitars are still what turn these boys on—even if the instruments are in an autumnal mode here—and the lyrics are just some non sequiturs to spout to in between riffage. Just when you think Underclaire might be fading toward the end, The Memory of Water puts a seriously lush exclamation point on the project. Welcome back. A-" -WERNER TRIESCHMANN (Arkansas Democrat Gazette)
Making Sky will be available January 1st, 2010. This 3rd full-length album was recorded at Poynter's Palace with Barry Poynter filling in on the bass guitar in addition to his usual Engineer/Producer duties. As always, a different approach was taken with this project-- it is a concept album that is lush, layered and polished (in comparison with Smalltown X's stripped, minimal-overdub arrangement). The cover art was provided by Canadian artist, Socar Myles (www.gorblimey.com).