Clear Conscience is a reggae band based in the San Francisco Bay Area that has been touring and releasing albums – all nine of which have cracked the reggae charts – for over decade. All that work is something to keep in mind when considering the band, which has a tendency not to take itself very seriously and to indulge in some less than flattering reggae stereotypes.
Firstly, there’s the white-boys-playing-reggae thing, which hasn’t really amounted to much good in pop culture memory. Remember that 1992 song “Informer” by the Canadian nerd who called himself Snow? If you don’t, try not to, or it’ll haunt your every waking hour until you can find some equally earworm-friendly, but hopefully less awful candidate to replace it. Thus the instinct upon entering a bar and seeing white people playing reggae music is to head for the hills, or point and heckle until they mercifully realize their shameful behavior, and just plain stop. But if “Informer” hasn’t scarred you quite that badly, staying at this hypothetical bar to give Clear Conscience a chance would be worth your time if laid-back island grooves from capable musicians is what you’re looking for. Clear Conscience’s music is also heavily influenced by rock, hip-hop, and what the band calls “acoustic diddlings.”