Jen Cloher Shares Video For “Strong Woman,” Announces 2018 US Tour

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Jen Cloher today shares the video for her anthem Strong Woman,” the third single off her instant-classic self-titled fourth record.

“Strong Woman” was filmed just weeks ago in a London warehouse during a whirlwind sold-out tour of the UK and Europe. The video is the result of a back-to-basics approach – a two-camera crew captured Cloher and her incredible band blitzing through one of the album’s highlights. The result is raw and dynamic, and goes some way to capturing Cloher’s dynamism on stage.

The song itself serves as an exploration of gendered identity in Cloher’s childhood in 1980’s Adelaide and a celebration of Cloher’s unique matriarchal heritage.

Cloher explained the inspiration behind the song:

It recently occurred to me that I have always been a leader, a strong woman. It’s not a quality that was cultivated but something I inherited. My matriarchal line is Ngapuhi, a Maori tribe from the Far North of New Zealand. There’s a famous Maori saying, ‘Kia kaha’ which means ‘Stay strong’, my Mother Dorothy modelled that quality to me growing up and I’m forever grateful that she did.

Recorded amidst the rolling greenery of Gippsland, Victoria and mixed at Jeff Tweedy’s famous Loft Studios in Chicago, the songs are split by Courtney Barnett’s extraordinary lead guitar and anchored by the rhythm section of Bones Sloane and Jen Sholakis. The end result is bold, assured, and piercingly observed, seeing Cloher face up to painful truths with unwavering honesty and emerge triumphant. An imperial showcase of song-writing craft which is likely to sit on the top of many end-of-year lists.

Cloher is currently touring solo around the USA opening for Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile’s Lotta Sea Lice tour. She today announced that she’ll return in January 2018, this time with her full band playing a run of intimate headline shows.

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“Cloher has established herself as a shapeshifter within, and torch-bearer for, the conventions of rock.” – Pitchfork

“Forgot Myself” – the opening track to her new self-titled album – will hit a sweet spot for rock fans with its references to Patti Smith and quoted lines from The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.”” NPR

“Cloher wrote through her feelings and has turned in her most brilliant work yet. Self-titled, her fourth album is a sharp, bitingly honest account of what happens when you’re left at home to revive your own voice.” NYLON

“A disassociating slacker anthem whose lyrics nod to Patti Smith and the Rolling Stones.” – Stereogum on “Forgot Myself”

 “Cloher’s song asks whether the Australian Dream has been co-opted by small thinking and small expectations.  But its sound is not barbed or angry; it’s poignant and lovely and quite evocative.” WNYC Soundcheck

 “This idiosyncratic LP dispenses frank social commentary all the way to therapy.”Bandcamp


  1. Forgot Myself
  2. Analysis Paralysis
  3. Regional Echo
  4. Sensory Memory
  5. Shoegazers
  6. Strong Woman
  7. Great Australian Bite
  8. Loose Magic
  9. Waiting in the Wings
  10. Dark Art


1/23/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (tickets)

1/24/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord (tickets)

1/26/18 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar (tickets)

1/27/18- Seattle, WA @ Barboza (tickets)

1/30/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade (tickets)

1/31/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Jonhnny Brenda’s (tickets)

2/1/18 – Washington, DC @ DC9 (tickets)


2/5/18 – Paris @ Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, La Maroquinerie (tickets)

2/6/18 – Amiens @ Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, La Lune des Pirates (tickets)

2/8/18 – Rouen @ Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, Le 106 (tickets)

2/9/18 – Tours @ Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival,Le Temps Machine (tickets)

2/10/18 – Vannes @ Les Nuits de L’Alligator Festival, L’Echonova (tickets)

2/11/18 – Rotterdam @ Rotown (tickets)

2/13/18 – London @ Tufnell Dome (tickets)

2/14/18 – Manchester @ Deaf Institute (tickets)

2/15/18 – Glasgow @ Broadcast (tickets)

2/16/18 – Birmingham @ The Hare and Hound (tickets)

2/17/18 – Brighton @ The Hope and Ruin (tickets)

Lotta Sea Lice Tour Dates

Note: Supporting Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

10/11/17 – San Diego @ House Of Blues (tickets)

10/14/17 – LA @ Cathedral (SOLD OUT)

10/15/17 – Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA (tickets)

10/18/17 – Oakland @ Fox Theatre (tickets)

10/20/17 – Portland @ Arlene Schnitzer Hall (tickets)

10/21/17 – Seattle @ The Moore (tickets)

10/22/17 – Seattle @ The Showbox (SOLD OUT)

10/26/17 – Chicago @ Rockefeller Chapel (SOLD OUT)

10/27/17 – Chicago @ Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT)

10/30/17 – Detroit @ Royal Oak Music Theatre (tickets)

10/31/17 – Toronto @ Massey Hall (tickets)

11/1/17 – New York @ Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT)

11/3/17 – Philadelphia @ Tower Theatre (tickets)

11/4/17 – Boston @ Orpheum (tickets)

11/6/17 – Loew’s Jersey Theatre – Jersey City, NJ (tickets)

11/7/17 – The Anthem – Washington, DC (tickets)

11/9/17 – Nashville @ Ryman Auditorium (tickets)

11/10/17 – Dallas @ McFarlan Memorial Auditorium (tickets)

11/11/17 – Austin @ Moody Theatre (SOLD OUT)

Featured Photo Credit :  Tajette O’Hallaran


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