The Clockworks are a rock band out of Galway, but relocated to London, where they’ve been signed by Alan McGee’s Creation Records, but continue to forge their own path.
Deliberately located slightly outside of the natural musical heartlands of London, they draw disparate influences, feeling equally inspired by a range of different scenes. The live show, we’re told, is pretty epic, and they’re just been on Soccer Am in front of millions.
These guys are on their way…
Congrats on the new single. ‘The Future Is Not What It Was’ feels like a message for our time. At the risk of asking the obvious, what specifically worries you at the moment?
This song was written a while ago, and coincidentally it seems to be the right song for us to put out at the moment. We’ve had it recorded and planned for release in May-June since last year, but I think a lot of the ideas it touches upon are so prevalent in the public conscience now; one of the central ideas being that we may feel so much more advanced than 50 or 100 years ago, but a lot of the major issues are still the same.
To be honest, it feels like there is a lot to be worried about.
The murder of George Floyd is horrific and sickening. The Black Lives Matter protests that have followed Worldwide, and the increased awareness that they have provoked, are hopefully a sign of the door opening to elicit real change. As many people have rightly pointed out, well, publicized, overt acts of racism are the tip of a huge insidious iceberg of this discrimination. That’s extremely worrying.
COVID-19 of course is a big one. Because it has and continues to affect every element of normality, it feels like nothing is as it should be. Like most people, we’re just trying to keep our heads down and get on with it really. For us personally, it has definitely given us time to see family, take stock, make plans, and do some writing. We’re lucky to have had that opportunity, there are so many people who haven’t been as fortunate.
You seem to draw influences from that jagged, in-your-face Mancunian scene. Do you also look at what’s going on this side of the pond, and the recent rock success stories?
There isn’t really a precedent of many bands coming out of Galway, and I think this was great for us because musically we felt almost equally as removed from Dublin as we did from London or Manchester or New York. We took in everything, and it all felt like a possibility for us, because we never had the pressure of conforming to the norms of a scene. Galway has a small and strong community of artists who are all completely different, but supportive of each other. It’s great to see Irish bands making a splash over the last few years, and becoming part of the wider culture of bands and artists.