Borrowing a term from a William Blake poem, indie singer/songwriter Max Clarke began working under the name Cut Worms while studying illustration at Chicago's Columbia College.
Clarke's relaxed style has its roots in the tuneful work of '50s and '60s pop artists like Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers as well as the country sound of the same era. Inspired by a prolific musical roommate, he challenged himself to write and record two new songs each month on a digital eight-track, and he uploaded them to his Bandcamp site. In late 2015, Clarke relocated to New York and began building up his reputation as a performer while his charming lo-fi demos made the rounds. He eventually landed a deal with Jagjaguwar Records, which collated six of his best Chicago-era demos into Cut Worms' debut EP, Alien Sunset, in October 2017. His next move was to record a full-length album, which he did with the help of producers Jonathan Rado in Los Angeles and Jason Finkel in N.Y.C. Clarke played most of the instruments on 2018's Hollow Ground, with help from Rado and drummer David Christian, among others. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi