Andy Clockwise loves genius. Attend one of his shows, or spend less than a few minutes with him, and he’ll bluntly tell you that he has quite an affinity for all things brilliant. This must explain why he was ecstatic to work with director Ben Fee (The Lumineers “Ho Hey”, Tilly and the Wall “Defenders”) on his latest video, “Steam Dream,” and KROQ was equally excited to be there for the filming.
The video was shot in two very contrasting locations. The pleasant forests of Griffith Park on a Saturday afternoon being one of them, the other being a dark and dreary, yet fascinating, antique warehouse converted into a co-op art studio, located in the bowels of downtown Los Angeles. Just to reiterate, this warehouse was genuinely eerie, evoking the unnerving setting of a Saw movie. If one were to be left alone in this place, they would most certainly scare themselves into hysteria, but thankfully that evening, it was filled with a hard-working and fun-loving crew, and a cast of about 15 gorgeous women. Nothing terrifying about that.
Clockwise, being his usual gifted performer self, was an excellent subject for director Ben Fee to feature in his array of artsy and tasteful shots, which seems to be his forte’ judging by his other videos. Andy Clockwise’s shining moment in this one is when he’s trapped in his broken down and steamed-out vintage BMW, then suddenly the ghosts of all his past experiences, loves, and his former self arrive to take advantage, and are set out for revenge when Andy is most vulnerable. It’s highly entertaining to witness Clockwise, who’s a larger than life character, being “humbled” by a large angry group of beautiful ladies, all while he tries to maintain his hipster swag.
Fee did a beautiful job of conceptualizing of one of Andy’s best song to date, one that has something for everybody. It starts out summoning sentimental feelings by softly strumming acoustic guitars and adding sweeping choir harmonies, then leads into a big hypnotizing chorus that will never leave your head. There are very cool electronic elements that happen throughout that explode during the bridge, leading into Clockwise’s booming voice which has a nice Brandon Flowers-Bruce Springsteen type of feel.
Clockwise may hold the genius of others on a pedestal, as he should, but here at KROQ we hold his on one. He is on the up in Los Angeles right now, just watch this new “Steam Dream” video or attend one of his shows (http://www.andyclockwise.net) and you’ll see why. His powerful songwriting, and looney charisma is winning everyone over, he is working with some great people in Ben Fee (among others), he’s being played on KROQ Locals Only, Jonesy’s Jukebox, Rodney on the Roq, and other L.A. stations, and has a fantastically bright future in the music business.
-John Kovacic // KROQ-FM, Los Angeles