THROW IT ALL AWAY
The Clockworks are the unstoppable force of post punk brilliance signed to Alan McGee’s It’s Creation Baby record label. They released their latest single ‘Throw It All Away’ on August 13th 2021.
They are a band that are simply going from strength to strength having received accolades from the likes of Annie Mac who proclaimed them to be the Hottest Band In The World ! Their previous releases have also received airplay from Annie Mac at Radio 1, Steve Lamacq at 6 Music, Rodney Bingenghimer at SirIus XM in the States and even Iggy Pop, who played four of their songs in one night on his 6 Music show.
The Clockworks have proved themselves time and time again now with each new exciting release, to be the voice of their generation with their anarchic drum beats and rhythmic, heavy guitar chords coupled with their unmistakable kitchen sink commentary lyrics delivered so precisely by front man, James McGregor.
Hailing from Galway in Ireland, but now living in London, The Clockworks recorded Throw It All Away in Willesden with Michael Rendall at the production helm (Black Grape / The Jesus And Mary Chain).
McGregor says of the new song:
“It’s the thought that it all isn’t as fulfilling as you thought it would be. The chorus and the chord sequence was inspired by music with 50’s and 60’s roots but then we listened to Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt persistently around the time of recording and wanted to counter that 50s/60s feel with heavy rhyming and percussive vocals”.
Throw It All Away’ is a powerful assertion of darkly poetic lyrics that explore with a gritty realism the ever-present tensions of modern life. The song is driven by a furious guitar-laden energy which resonates long after the final echoing line of “I’ve got half a mind to sign on the line and half a mind to Throw it All Away”
The Clockworks are enjoying life at the top and are set to support Inhaler in Ireland this December, as well as playing a string of UK dates and festivals across the summer. They will also embark on their first live German dates this autumn. The band have also recently confirmed that they are to support Pixies on their US tour. See below for full tour dates.
Upcoming live dates:
29th – Portsmouth, Victorious Festival
4th – London, Soma Festival
8th – New York City, The Mercury Lounge (headliners)
10th – Port Chester, NY, The Capitol Theatre (with Pixies)
11th – Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE (with Pixies)
13th – Louisville, KY, Old Forester’s Paristown Hall (with Pixies)
14th – Fort Wayne, IN, Foellinger Theatre (with Pixies)
17th – Chesterfield, MO, The Factory at The District (with Pixies)
18th – Omaha, NE, The Waiting Room (with Pixies)
19th – Chicago, IL, Riot Fest
23rd – Cologne, Bumann & Sohn (headliners)
25th – Bristol, Dot To Dot Festival
26th – Nottingham, Dot To Dot Festival
1st – 3rd – Liverpool, Sound City
16th – Leeds, Live At Leeds
23rd – Newcastle, Hit The North Festival
13th – Glasgow, Stag & Dagger
DECEMBER – AS SPECIAL GUESTS TO INHALER
14th – Belfast, Limelight 1
15th – Limerick, Dolan’s Warehouse
16th – Cork, Cyprus Avenue
17th – Killarney, Inec Acoustic Club
19th / 20th / 21st – Dublin, The Academy
All in all, we’d hazard that The Clockworks are a band on the very cusp of the hitting that all too often elusive, big time now. Congrats lads you’ve done it again x
If you’re new to The Clockworks, then their recent livestream performance ‘Live At The Rio’ (filmed at The Rio in Dalston) is the perfect introduction. McGregor exudes an unorthodox charisma with his intense delivery and observational lyricism, while the band – completed by Sean Connelly (guitar), Tom Freeman (bass) and Damian Greaney (drums) – fire on all cylinders with equal measures of tightness and ferocity.
The set includes three of their key songs to date – ‘The Future Is Not What It Was’, ‘Bills and Pills’ and ‘Can I Speak to a Manager?’ – and is completed by a new song, the existential slowburner ‘Hall of Fame’.
Their performance is heightened by the video’s visual aesthetic. As The Clockworks perform in front of a backdrop of classic black-and-white film footage, the sparse lighting provides an understated cinematic elegance. It’s a style that recalls the live performances from The Roadhouse in David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’. ‘Live At The Rio’ was directed by Oscar J Ryan and The Clockworks.
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Words by SALLY NEWMAN