The latest and last in a series for Alan McGee’s Creation 23 label sees Galway four-piece The Clockworks take aim at the injustices and prejudices rife in our society with an assault of straight-up punk rock in their latest single Enough Is Never Enough.
Complex and character driven in its narrative, the song follows the lives of separate but interconnected individuals in society: from a bigoted Café owner to beleaguered kitchen porters, dreaming buskers to down-and-out beggars. Pulling together the fragments of our fractured society, Enough Is Never Enough creates a vivid collage that depicts its failings in one painstaking picture.
Speaking about the track, James of The Clockworks says: “This was the last song we wrote in Ireland. I’d been working on the lyrics for ages. I like to write about the social or emotional by writing about a specific character or scene. I think focusing on the particular and the specific is the best way to get to the general and abstract… Musically, this song was all about getting the feeling right. We wanted it to be forceful and relentless but also for there to be enough space for melody and emotion.”
Unfurling a torrent of punk eloquence, The Clockworks utilise McGregor’s arch social commentary to maximum impact. Witticisms like “Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone, It’s with O’ Leary on the plane, And everybody loves to bitch, Factions speak louder than herds”, cut to the bone with razored tenacity.
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