Those Galway post punk heroes, THE CLOCKWORKS have brought Christmas to us early by releasing a surprise new single!

Arriving ahead of their 8 German and 1 Czech Republic dates, the release of the new single, ‘Blood on the Mind’ is yet another fantastic triumph for this incredible band with its masterminded and relatable lyrics, it’s a pure slice of indie rock brilliance. The single is being released now ahead of next year’s long awaited debut album!

Formed in Galway and now living in London, The Clockworks are James McGregor (Vocals/Guitar), Sean Connelly (Guitar), Damian Greaney (Drums) and Tom Freeman (bass). Making a unanimous decision to find their break in the UK capital, it proved a good one. Relocating in 2019, the quartet were signed by Creation records founder Alan McGee almost overnight.

The story goes that Sean messaged McGee on his Instagram account declaring that they were a punk version of The Streets and urging him to check them out. His interest piqued, McGee did indeed check them out and within a week of that message was standing in their rehearsal rooms watching the lads practice.

Since described by NME as “sh**-hot” and praised by CLASH for their “ferocious sense of purpose, with the careering post-punk guitar lines”, the band have rapidly gained ground ever since with a string of impeccable single releases including “Can I Speak To A Manager?Feels So Real”, “Enough Is Never Enough”,and many more.

The band have also been hotly tipped by high end press titles including The Guardian, The Independent, and Hot Press, they have further received frequent support from national radio stalwarts including BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac on her “New Names” showcase (thanks again to Sean who propositioned Annie Mac outside the studio and asked her to have a listen to his band’s CD!), on BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq on his ‘Recommends’ show, received day-time radio play on RTÉ 2FM, and impressed the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer on Sirius XM.

Credit – Anais Gallagher

Delivering exhilarating live slots across Europe, The Clockworks have played at major festivals including Pukkelpop, Eurosonic, Electric Picnic,and The Great Escape. The band have also played a huge support slot at Liverpool’s Sefton Park with Kings of Leon, appeared on Sky 1’s Soccer AM and completed a run of US dates with Pixies and UK support shows with The Reytons and Inhaler earlier this year.

The Clockworks really are the gift that keeps on giving as they’ve now surprised us with the new single release of ‘Blood on The Mind’

Blood On The Mind’ starts off at a gentle pace with strumming guitars which give way to the sound of fast paced, extremely tight drum beats setting the tone for James’ now distinctly familiar lyrics to take hold. The tempo increases and the instrumentals are stepped up a notch as the chorus hook chants of “everything is strange, I don’t wanna change, bigots can’t be choosers in the end” reverberates round the room. In summary it’s another stone cold classic from one of my most favourite ever bands!

Listen to ‘Blood On The Mind’ here now



12 – Café V Lese, Prague, Czech Republic

13 – Beatpol, Dresden, Germany

14 – Heppel & Ettlich, Munich, Germany

15 – 806qm, Darmstadt, Germany

16 – Cafe Glocksee, Hannover, Germany






Words by Sally Newman