“Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks have literary, story-telling songs like Chuck Prophet, with a range of feeling from Steve Forbert to Alejandro Escovedo.”
Nan Warshaw, Bloodshot Records
“For fans of literate singer-songwriters who balance the weight of the world with a bit of humor ...”—All Music Guide
“An artist with a singular style and the confidence to conceive it.” —Lee Zimmerman, No Depression, Feb 2018
With a Ray Davies-like vocal delivery, mountains of songwriting credits, Clair's gritty and provocative tunes are kicked into high gear with the muscular and stirring chops of the mighty Pushbacks.
"It takes balls, literally and figuratively, to sing so knowingly about a vasectomy. But in the swaggering, amped-up title track to Love Makes Us Weird, Stephen Clair does just that, turning a four-syllable word into a tight rhyme with the line 'Who are we?' " –Chronogram Magazine