Clock­work noise: tick tock

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

The story of Clock­work Noise could well be the story of a ton of other Ir­ish bands. It’s a tale of great en­thu­si­asms, band mem­bers com­ing and go­ing, lengthy breaks be­tween re­leases and gigs and a lot of hang­ing around wait­ing for things to hap­pen.

The mem­bers of Clock­work Noise will nod in recog­ni­tion at that list. A de­but al­bum If I Wanted, I Could was re­leased in 2005, but it’s taken un­til now for the next release, the very fine Yes and No and Ev­ery­thing In­be­tween EP to ap­pear. Band mem­bers have come and gone and some have even come back again. In be­tween all of th­ese mi­nor dra­mas, they’ve sup­ported The Kinetiks, An­gel Pier, Her­itage Cen­tre and Story of Hair.

But Clock­work Noise stand out from the pack be­cause their mu­sic is a cut above the usual in­die-rock stan­dard. As the new EP shows, they re­ally do know a dif­fer­ent way around the depart­ment where you’ll find sweep­ing vo­cals, hooky gui­tars, moody strings and tipsy elec­tro beats. Tracks such as Egoec­cen­tric-(band mem­ber Rob Maguire con­trib­utes to the Ir­ish mu­sic blog of the same name) hint at a band pre­pared to go all epic when the mood takes them. The clock is tick­ing.

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