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The Clockworks: Can I Speak To A Manager?



If this is not a hit record, we give up!!!

Promising Irish band The Clockworks drop their fabulously fun second single, “Can I Speak To A Manager?” next week (14th August 2020).

If it is a hit, many call-centre operatives may well quit when the nation adopts the song title as a catch-phrase!

Signing to legendary music guru Alan McGee’s label Creation 23 after relocating from Galway to London in 2019, the four-piece made lots of friends with their first single, “The Future Is Not What it Was”.

They’ll make even more with this banger!

Written in 2018 while the band were still living in Ireland, James McGregor found himself taking refuge from the drudgery of his day job in a number of café’s and pubs during his lunch break.

Infuriated by the plastic world around him and nauseous with the monotony of a rat-run routine, his paranoid thoughts and pent-up rage spilled into a song that dares to point out the failings of an ailing society. The musical rant in the premise of the lyric, is fuelled by the purchase of a faulty laptop…

From the exasperating experience of telephone customer service, to the financial pressures and propaganda of living in a broken system, McGregor let’s it all out in a tirade.

His rant combines a hard-hitting subliminal ‘state of the nation/world’ hard hitting message with piss-taking humour, and having a good craic!

Think IDLES meets The Streets and John Cooper Clarke.

Their ‘in yer face’ gloriously punky noise and attitude takes no prisoners. The song was written and produced by The Clockworks, recorded in London and mixed in Belfast.

The Clockworks are: James McGregor on vocals and guitar, Sean Connelly on guitar, Damian Greaney on drums and Tom Freeman on bass.

They have played gigs and festivals across Europe including Eurosonic and Electric Picnic, performing to a huge crowd at Sefton Park in Liverpool supporting Kings of Leon, as well as a head-turning televised appearance on Sky 1’s Soccer AM.

BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq picked up on their previous single. Rodney Bingenheimer has shown them some love too in the USS on Sirius XM.

Music Republic Magazine’s hot tip for future big success – very much looking forward to a full length album asap. Watch the video to the brand new track, here:





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