Friday, October 27, 2023

The Claudettes - "No Matter How Much"

Photo by Timothy Hiatt

Chicago's The Claudettes (which features Johnny Iguana and JQ, the duo that scored the FX series The Bear) are described as "garage cabaret," and that's exactly what you'll hear on their latest single. "No Matter How Much" is driven by piano and singer Rachel Williams' engaging vocals. And... man... when I say her vocals are engaging, it's the kind of captivating performance that we rarely see. Williams could easily be a Top 40 singer or a contestant on whatever singing competitions are still around, but instead she's gracing us with her amazing talents. "No Matter How Much" is a theatrical, cabaret style cabaret meets punk song that continuously just builds and builds into this noisy and effective climax. It's so close to being a song that could have wound up in a hit musical, but The Claudettes just bring it to this magnificently weird place.

You can watch the video for "No Matter How Much" below. For more on The Claudettes, check out the band's website. Upcoming live dates are below the video.

Oct. 27: Reptile Palace, Oshkosh, WIOct. 28: Mary's Place, Rockford, ILNov. 3: Nightshop, Bloomington, ILNov. 4: BB's, St. Louis, MO
Nov. 10: The Acorn Theater, Three Oaks, MINov. 11: The Venue, Aurora, ILNov. 30: Jilly's Music Room, Akron, OHDec. 1: Natalie's Grandview, Columbus, OHDec. 2: The Rose Bowl, Urbana, ILDec. 7: Cadieux Café, Detroit, MIDec. 8: The Alluvion, Traverse City, MIDec. 9: Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, ILDec. 14: Turf Club, St. Paul, MNDec. 15: CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, IADec. 16: North Street Cabaret, Madison WI


  1. This band is fantastic. They are a jammin modern blues-rock band. A whole lot of fun!!

  2. THANK YOU! Note, though: JQ is not a member of the Claudettes. He produced this and three other forthcoming Claudettes tracks. See y'all on the road...