Today (12 June), THE CLOCKWORKS release their exhilarating latest single: ‘The Future Is Not What It Was’.
Blending, visceral tight-knit rhythms akin to The Smiths or Idlewild and matching them with the foreboding intensity of Interpol or Forward Russia!, ‘The Future Is Not What It Was’ is the London-based band’s heart-stopping third single for Alan McGee’s Creation 23 label.
At just 2’41, every second here counts.
Set to an insistent metronomic beat, frontman James McGregor sings with a breathless delivery, as lyrics twitching with paranoia race like grains into a rapidly filling hourglass.
Blurring timelines past, present and yet to be, ‘The Future Is Not What It Was’, sees the band comparing the once optimistic visions of ‘the future’ of generations past, with the bleak reality that we currently live in. With an amplified sense that time is fast running-out, The Clockworks in-turn question the future we too may face if humanity does not act to change its trajectory.
As James McGregor of The Clockworks explains:
“This song is about trying to bring together two main ideas: The feeling that everywhere you look things are going wrong, to the point of cynicism, and the way that the idea of the future is better that its reality. Art and articles in the past would talk about 2020 and expect us to be driving flying cars in houses that clean themselves where nobody has to work. In reality we’re driving third hand Fiat Punto’s to 9-5’s that barely pay the rent. I guess the point is that the lifestyle may change but a lot of the problems are the same.”
Written by The Clockworks, ‘The Future Is Not What It Was’ was produced by Michael Rendall and The Clockworks in Willesden, London. It is available digitally everywhere today (12 June 2020), via the Creation 23 label. The track has already grabbed the attention of BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac on her “New Names” showcase, BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq on his ‘Recommends’ show, as well as legendary Rodney Bingenheimer show in the states on Sirius XM, and even received day time radio play on RTÉ 2FM. It’s time to sit up and listen.
With a penchant for matching snarling kitchen-sink commentary with insuppressible sonic tenacity, the time is surely now for The Clockworks. Formed in Galway and drawn together by a mutual appreciation of post-punk’s darkest corners, The Clockworks are a four-piece comprising James McGregor on Vocals/Guitar, Sean Connelly on Guitar, Damian Greaney on Drums and Tom Freeman on bass.
Relocating to London in 2019, the quartet signed to Alan McGee’s new record label ‘Creation23’ almost overnight. They have since impressed audiences across Europe with live performances at festivals including Eurosonic and Electric Picnic, performing to a huge crowd at Sefton Park in Liverpool in support of Kings of Leon, as well as a head-turning televised appearance on Sky 1’s Soccer AM. And the media have been quick to show their support too. Hailed by Louder Than War Magazine as: “A sprightly and angular gang of skinny youths from Ireland who deliver short sharp shock songs with a whiff of devilish eccentricity and high energy. They look as sharp as they sound“.
A quartet with immense promise and a raft of essential new material at their fingertips, catch The Clockworks while you still can. Time is ticking…
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Around the release of their new single, The Clockworks had been due to embark on a European tour – which included major festival appearances at the likes of Live At Leeds, Cork Indiependance and Camden Calling, as well as multiple dates in support of Inhaler. All dates have been rescheduled in relation to the current Coronavirus pandemic, with the band set to resume their touring plans as soon as possible. Stay safe.