Days of Rosey Row review FEATURE
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The Clocktower are an as-yet unsigned indie band who formed in 2009 in Wolverhampton. With a massive following already, it's no surprise that their first album, 'Days of Rosey Row' has been a huge hit. BritEvents' Amanda Arnold meets the band and has a listen to their first album.
By Amanda Arnold
BritEvents introduce new band The ClockTower and their debut album Days of Rosey Row. The ClockTower are an as yet unsigned indie band who formed in 2009 in Wolverhampton. With a massive following already, it is no surprise that their first album 'Days Of Rosey Row' which was released in June 2012 has been a huge hit and a long time coming for their faithful fans. BritEvents' Amanda Arnold meets the band and has a listen to their first album.
Looking every inch part of the Madchester crew, the band is made up of lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Ryan Evans, backing vocals, /guitarist/songwriter Ian Dowdeswell, bass Guitar Andy O'Brien and drums and percussion Connor Dowdeswell.
Listening to their album it is so obvious who their influences are, Oasis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Byrds.
The band have already played alongside The Vortex, Bonehead the ex-guitarist of Oasis, Tom Hingley of The Inspiral Carpets and Chris Helme the frontman of John Squire's post Stone Roses project 'The Seahorses'.
Most recently The ClockTower have been involved with the reformed Manchester band the Happy Mondays; they were asked by London Promoter, The Magnificent Agency, to play live at the Happy Mondays official after party at JAMM Brixton in May.
The band swiftly filled two 50 seater coaches with their fans from across Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury, these faithful fans refer to themselves as the 'ClockTower Army'.
The day before their album release (29 June) The ClockTower was seen supporting the Scottish Indie Rock band The View in their hometown of Wolverhampton at the Wulfren Hall.
Their debut album produced and mastered by Ryan Pinson at Zip Rock Studios in Wolverhampton, is certainly a breath of fresh air.
There have been many reports from the media and bands, including Kasabian and The Black Keys, that there is a 'Rock N Roll drought' due to the lack of decent bands on the scene.
So there is no better time for this up and coming band to release their album 'Days Of Rosey Row' for which the BBC introducing has said is 'Absolutely superb'.
With lyrics and music written by members of the band you will be amazed at the confidence and strength in their writing, teamed up with some serious upbeat rhythm and melody, this debut album is a fantastic piece of work and most definitely worth a listen.
A definite favourite of mine and best-loved by the ClockTower Army is the fourth track on the album 'Kiss Ya Glass'.
Although having an upbeat sound the lyrics tell a different story of poverty, alcohol dependency and a wish to try and beat the system, whilst the government have a strangle hold on people.
Just try and listen to the track without shouting along with 'Kiss Ya Glass!!'
This band are ticking all the boxes; their confidence is evident as is their belief in themselves, you could actually confuse their confidence with arrogance, but really these talented lads are four of the nicest people I have met so don't be misled.
The lads have been gigging whenever and wherever they can, not just to get themselves noticed, but because they love performing. So far this year the band have played over 130 gigs all over the country. It's what they enjoy and what they are so well known and loved for.
The ClockTower recently performed at the Shropshire festival OsFest where indie band Razorlight were headlining.
After their performance at Osfest the 'America' band found themselves being entertained by The ClockTower on their tour bus after meeting them in the Osfest VIP tent.
The ClockTower still have a very busy summer ahead of them; they will be playing The Party In The Park in Shropshire on 21 July, they are then headlining the Quarry Fest 2012 in Shrewsbury on 1 September.
On 15 September the band will return to Shrewsbury to play Shrewsbury Fields Forever festival alongside The Wombats, Simon Fowler and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene.
The band will be back in their hometown of Wolverhampton when they will be supporting Northern Uproar at Numa Bar in the town on 29 September.
The band are now planning a Days Of Rosey Row UK tour, details of the tour dates will be announced on their official page very soon.
Their debut album - Days Of Rosey Row is out now and available from their tour manager/merchandise manager Ben Pruden on 07863 127514 or the General Manager David Michael 07984 816076.
The album will be available from iTunes, Play.com and Amazon in the next few weeks.
BBC INTRODUCING **ABSOLUTELY SUPERB**