- 23 Sep 22
The Galway band announced their upcoming tour dates, including a stop in Dublin this November. Plus, check out their fresh new single released today.
Recorded at the infamous Abbey Road Studios and produced by the band in collaboration with Michael Rendall (known for his work with The Jesus and Mary Chain, Black Grape and more), The Clockworks’ new track is a scorcher.
The biting lyrics directly call out hypocrisy in a world that complains on the internet instead of taking action. It’s a raucous rock number, with cleverly crafted remarks about skewed society. Speaking about the track, the band revealed, “The idea for this song started with the line, ‘Complain about consumers from the comfort of my Mac’. It got me thinking about contemporary culture and that feeling of dissonance that comes from criticising society while continuing to conform to it. The song is partly a satire in answer to this feeling.”
The Clockworks also shared some of the influences behind the song, listing, “Todd Rundgren was a musical and production influence for this one. David Bowie. The Last Shadow Puppets. Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Interpol. The Cure. Pixies are usually brought up at some point in writing a new song.”
Carrying the magnetism of their unique indie sound and post-punk guitarwork and combining it with a darker undertone unlike any of their discography to date, it’s clear the band are breaking into new territory.
The Clockworks have played a fair share of festivals since their debut only a few years back, adding Electric Picnic and The Great Escape to their repertoire recently. Earlier this year, they released their aptly-titled EP The Clockworks.
In an interview with Hot Press in April, frontman James McGregor hinted at future material from the band, sharing, “You're often confined to the two minute, upbeat rock song for the radio. That can be great, and it has served us well, but we have so many other songs coming that we are excited to share.”
Following the release, the band has kept busy playing to massive audiences as the support act for Kings of Leon, touring the US with Pixies and playing in the UK alongside The Reytons and Inhaler.
Their forthcoming Autumn tour kicks off very soon in Brighton on September 29, finishing up in Germany at the end of the year. The four-piece will hit Dublin on November 10 at Whelan’s, along with a slew of shows at venues around Ireland including their native Galway.