Press

MTV Music Blog: “…like Elastica with extra vitriol and a dash of grandeur.”

Chicago Sun Times: “Brooklyn-based Clinical Trials is one of those bands you wish New York’s punk firehouse CBGB’s still existed for, or Los Angeles’ illustrious rock temple Viper Room was still edgy enough to host.  Bingham’s bullheaded tigress paired with Lee’s riot grrrl hammering weld together in a rich amalgamation of some of the best references in modern rock, often compared to the grit of early Nirvana and legends like Patti Smith and Joan Jett rendezvousing with rabble rousers like The Kills and electro dark fairies PJ Harvey and Elastica.” Read more…

The Deli Magazine: “With their new EP Bleed Me the guitar/vocalist and drummer grrrl tandem Clinical Trials steps up the noise-rock formula through the addition of orchestral and industrial elements, boosted by confident performances and songwriting. …If only Frances Bean would make up with Courtney – they would probably enjoy checking out this band together.” Read more…

Underland NY:  “Known for their grungy, electricity soaked sound, the ladies really pumped it up this time around. The song  [2013 single “Polly Got Away”] is just the right amount of gritty and insanely catchy – like that fire charred marshmallow that burns so good and tastes even better.”

Autostraddle: “Their new record, Bleed Me, is out this week and it’s a panther; it’s a little dark and dangerous, it stalks and menaces and makes my heart thump that tiny bit faster. This is not glossy music. Bleed Me serves up six tracks ranging from gritty grunge to seductive melodic rock, each radiating raw heat and energy that edges near NSFW.” Read more…

rock nyc: I can’t remember when I was last so captivated by an onstage persona – she is funny, withering, ill tempered, sweetly nasty …When the band gets back to business, the rock star in waiting moves about the stage banging riff upon riff till she is doubled up over the guitar and at the end she leaves the last chord ringing with an obviously honest “I like feedback.” Read more…

Ghostwood Country Club: From the first note she sang the scene was enthralled. A car could have exploded on Santa Monica Boulevard outside and nobody would have noticed or turned around. On the small stage, banging on her guitar, wailing into the microphone and rocking fiercely along with the expertly mixed backing tracks, she seemed like a nine-foot tall mythological siren warrior woman. [Her voice] perfectly encompasses and runs the range of joy, pain, rage, frustration, doubt and confidence common in our mutual human experience. Clinical Trials is an exciting blend of vulnerable emotion and ass-kicking aggression. While projecting a unique style all her own, it’s not hard to imagine Somer as the sonic lovechild of Kurt Cobain and Joan Jett. Read more…

You’re Beautiful, New York: In an endless wave of useless digital ephemera and poppy over produced cliché bands, Somer Bingham and her Clinical Trials stand out for what they are: Powerful, hungry, dangerous, and above all else, true.Read more…

Trials + Tribulations: “Their songs are definitely riot grrl-derived, but instead of being carbon copies of Sleater-Kinney they build on that foundation with lots of intense new elements. “Whip It” has the guitar and drums ripped from One Beat era S-K, but then there’s brass and some screaming and it sounds really, really good…”

Just Another Music Blog: “Their music pays homage to their grunge and riot rock predecessors: from a fiery, young Joan Jett and the bravery to bare it in the vein of Nirvana and PJ Harvey — they thankfully take it a step further with confidence to show us the refreshing evolution of where those pioneers have brought us now. Don’t be surprised if you hear Clinical Trials in your Pandora stations for Autolux, Warpaint, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It’s good company to be in and they prove deserving of your attention.” Read more…

The Aquarian: “A tomboy guitarist with half sultry, half screaming vocals…” Read more…

Jukebox Heroines: “From Brooklyn, NY, Clinical Trials brings the edgy flavor of the most acclaimed concert jungle, boasting influences such as MIA, Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, and PJ Harvey…. there are hints of Peaches as well in the polyphonic synths that drive much of the 90s distorted guitars. Edgy post-mod synthesis that will rock your headphones off.Read more…

Wears the Trousers: “There are some really dirty guitar sounds on this debut EP from Brooklyn native Somer Bingham that will fuzz you up in the nicest of places. Borne out of, by her own admission, an unhealthy obsession with Kurt Cobain and various other highly apparent influences (PJ Harvey looms large), Bingham has a classic girl rocker voice… ‘DiscoHeadphones’ has a brilliant chorus that pushes her voice right to the edge of pop territory, while the continuous use of distorted drums has The Kills written all over it.” Read more…

NY Press: “Bingham [is] armed with a guitar and a gruff and gutsy vocal style, reminiscent of Joan Jett…” Read more…

See What You Hear: “Clinical Trials is Somer Bingham, a feisty-sounding singer/guitarist based in Brooklyn who channels grievances with her ex- into thrashy, sultry-sounding rock that will invariably be compared to PJ Harvey.” Read more…

Stranded in Stereo: “Who doesn’t dig the perfect mix of sassy and sultry female vocals? Perfectly executing the use of the MIDI file, along with edgy guitars and complimentary synth, Clinical Trials brings it.” Read more…

Billy Suede: “I think it’s fair to say that I love my city and have no problems representing it when at all possible. What makes it so much easier is when there is such a treasure trove of artistry that constantly replenishes itself. One such example is a new band called Clinical Trials fronted by one Somer Bingham who, in my humble opinion, has got the goods and then some.

“Very little in music excites me than a fiery vocals coming from a bad girl. Think Polly Jean Harvey, Joan Jett, etc. That sense of angst, so true, so guttural, can often draw you in and make the listener feel her presence, her pain, her desires. We have that here in spades…” Read more…