The Clocktower – Kiss Ya Glass – (Single) Review

The clocktower


The Clocktower are a four piece indie, rock ‘n’ roll band hailing from a place not far from home, Wolverhampton. the band consists of:-

Lead Vox/Guitarist/Songwriter – Ryan Evans
Backing Vox/Guitarist/Songwriter – Ian Dowdeswell
Bass Guitar – Andy OBrien
Drums & Percussion – Connor Dowdeswell

Taking influences from The View, Oasis, The Beatles, The Kinks, the Small faces and many more, the band have conjured a smart sound which manages to be edgy and catchy.  After starting out in 2009 the band have achieved rather a lot, having already released an album and playing with the likes of Bonehead, Tom Hingley from Inspiral carpets and Chris Helm voice of ‘The Sea Horses’, not to mention supporting The View at the Wulfrun Hall in their hometown.

‘Kiss Ya Glass’

Four piece indie bands are ten a penny, they’re everywhere, unless you’re in a town or city with no culture or decent music. But The Clocktower aren’t one of these ten a penny bands because of the songs they have at their disposal, one of them being ‘Kiss Ya Glass’. This is a song that will stick in your mind for weeks and one that you’ll catch yourself singing regardless whether you wanted to or not. It’s pure indie sound shows influences from all across the bands that were mentioned in the intro, the attitude of Oasis, the melody of The View and captivating like The Kinks. Evans’ vocals manages to carry assonance accompanied by a bit of prevalence with it, a lot like Paul Weller mixed with Kyle Falconer, which Is something you don’t hear too often. You could see this song being played in front of huge crowd, jumping from wall to wall, crowd surfing and trying to get on the stage, it’s a bold crowd-pleaser which could make the most hardcore couch potato get up and go mental. Perhaps not the most complex songs, but the best ones never are, for example Oasis- Live Forever, Arctic Monkeys – I bet you look good on the dancefloor, The Cribs – Martell, seriously, the list is endless. This is just one of the songs that feature on their debut album ‘The Days of Rosey Row’ which after listening to a few times is an impeccable album with more blissful indie songs such as ‘Sounds like Heartbeat’  and ‘Naughty little head’,so i’ll advise you to go out and buy this album if you love this song.

Overall I think these lads have got so much more to offer, with them still being relatively young and they already have an album out, I’m sure that this won’t be the last we hear of them.





Ancient Times – Rani (Demo) – Unsigned bands


Another post, doing quite well, feel like I’m on a bit of a role recently, and another Unsigned band! This time it’s ‘Ancient Times’, a band that come from Brighton. They’ve been together since July 2012, and the journey began when they recorded their first three demo’s, and realized ‘We’re actually pretty good at this, lets make more music’, and so they did. The e-mailed me, and its a good job they did, else I would have never have found them because of my lack of ability with the internet, I’m not very good at finding these new bands.


Right before I rattle on about it, listen to the track while I nip off and make a brew.

Listened to it? Good isn’t it?

The song has really dark tone to it, especially with the vocals, while I was listening to it reminded me of Ian Curtis and Morrissey, perhaps if there voices were mixed, I think it would be this voice . Also if you listen closely to the lyrics they have dark undertone with them as well, but you do have to listen quite intently. There’s no doubt that the vocals are the center piece of this song, because they’re so prominent in this song, and also in the other ones that they have. Although the song has this dark tone to it, I find it quite uplifting as well in parts, which I find mainly in the chorus. I think the guitar in the song really compliments his voice because It’s not so loud and not brought to the forefront of the song. Also with the drums just slowly building it up just before the chorus, it’s like it’s building up the tension, and then chorus comes and it just blossoms. For a demo I think it’s rather good and I don’t think a lot has to be done to it, unless they have some interesting idea for it.


Another great band that I’ve had the luck of listening to, and hopefully I’ll be able to go and see them at some point. Also they’ve got some shows coming up which you can find on facebook. Very excited to see what else this band can come up with. Really advise you to listen to their other tracks that they have on their soundcloud, especially if you enjoyed that track.