Enough Is Never Enough
On the 5th November 2020 the world was treated to a bit of a surprise release when the Galway four piece signed to Alan Mcgee’s Creation 23 Label; The Clockworks, received an exclusive play of their then upcoming new single “Enough is Never Enough” on BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac Show. Until this first play, the single was completely under wraps with neither the band nor their label making any prior comment to or mention of it.
Since its initial play by Annie Mac, the track, within a matter of days, went onto receive much praise from the likes of Soccer AM who played the song over their Goals of the Week Feature, the song was also made RTE2fm’s Track of the Week, This Feelings Track of The Day and was further listed in four separate Spotify playlists.
This latest track from the Irish boys is pure post punk rock at its very best. Its gritty, raw and achingly honest lyrics taking aim at the injustices and prejudices that are rife in our society today. Complex and character driven in its narrative, the song takes you on a journey and follows the lives of a bunch of separate yet conversely interconnected individuals within society.
Speaking about the track, lead vocalist James McGregor says:
“This was the last song we wrote in Ireland. I’d been working on the lyrics for ages. I like to write about the social or emotional by writing about a specific character or scene. I think focusing on the particular and the specific is the best way to get to the general and abstract… Musically, this song was all about getting the feeling right. We wanted it to be forceful and relentless but also for there to be enough space for melody and emotion.
Unfurling a torrent of punk eloquence, The Clockworks utilise McGregor’s arch social commentary to maximum impact. Witticisms like “Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone, It’s with O’ Leary on the plane, And everybody loves to bitch, Factions speak louder than herds”cut to the bone with razor sharp and blinding tenacity. Couple this with the sublime heavy rock guitars strumming and dictating the vibe, thumping bass lines and pounding drums and you’ve got the recipe for universal undisputed success.
The Clockworks are no strangers to the idea of success, however, with their previous singles ‘Can I Speak To A Manager?’ and’ ‘The Future Is Not What It Was’ receiving praise and airplay on BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac Show, BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq show, on RTÉ 2FM, and the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer show on Sirius XM. They’ve also received great previous press write ups from the likes of Louder Than War who declared them as “devilish eccentricity and high energy. They look as sharp as they sound”, and CLASH effusing their ‘ferocious sense of purpose, with the careering post-punk guitar line“.
Watch/Listen to “Enough is Never Enough” here now
The Clockworks are indeed a quartet with immense promise and plenty more to say and “Enough Is Never Enough” continues their winning streak of singles with their most incisive and undoubtedly hard hitting work to date.
Enough is Never Enough was recorded during lockdown at Unity/Aquarium Studios in Willesden and was produced and mixed by Michael Rendall, with further mastering by Nick Watson. The single was officially released on Creation23 Label on the 6th November 2020 and is available on all major streaming and download platforms now,
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Words by SALLY NEWMAN
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