Andy Clockwise: From Down Under To Spaceland Each month, the famed L.A. club Spaceland selects an up-and-coming artist to perform a free show on Monday nights. For July, Spaceland is featuring Andy Clockwise, an indie-rock musician from Australia. Clockwise recently talked with NPR's Madeleine Brand about his career and living in L.A.
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From Down Under To Spaceland

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

MADELEINE BRAND, host:

And I'm Madeleine Brand.

Right here in Los Angeles, down the street from my house, actually, is a nightclub where some big names in indie rock blasted off. It's called Spaceland. The Foo Fighters and Beck credit the venue for launching their musical career.

(Soundbite of song, "Gamma Ray")

BECK (Musician): (Singing) Come a little gamma ray. Standing in a hurricane.

BRAND: So it's a big deal if you get your name on the marquee. And every month, Spaceland features a relatively unknown act free of charge. This month's artist in residence is singer-songwriter and Australian Andy Clockwise.

(Soundbite of nightclub)

Unidentified Man #1: Andy.

Mr. ANDY CLOCKWISE (Singer): Do whatever you want.

(Soundbite of music)

BRAND: Andy Clockwise made a name for himself in the Australian indie rock scene and released two albums down under, but he's been in Los Angeles for a year and a half trying to make it in the United States.

Andy Clockwise, welcome to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

Mr. CLOCKWISE: How are you?

BRAND: Fine, thank you. You're not - your name isn't Andy Clockwise, is it?

Mr. CLOCKWISE: I have a few answers for it. It changes all the time. But…

BRAND: What's today?

Mr. CLOCKWISE: …the answer I have at the moment is my parents were playing a cruel joke on me. In Australia, we don't say counterclockwise, we say anticlockwise. So if you say Andy Clockwise, it's kind of a play on words, if you look at it like that.

BRAND: Oh, okay. So that's an Australian joke we wouldn't really get here.

Mr. CLOCKWISE: Kind of, yeah. It's lost in translation, if you know what I mean.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: All right. So you're in L.A. now.

Mr. CLOCKWISE: I am.

BRAND: And you're in the residency program at Spaceland.

Mr. CLOCKWISE: Yeah.

BRAND: That is a Monday night program where you play for free.

Mr. CLOCKWISE: A band gets chosen to do the Monday night residency. Everybody gets in for free. You get to kind of somewhat choose the bands that you play with.

The thing I love about it is I like a challenge. I don't like to necessarily be playing to people that know my music all the time. So, yeah, playing to a bunch of people who are looking at you like, who are you, is great to me and that's what Monday offers.

BRAND: So when they look at you and say, who are you, then what's your response? How do you - what do you show them?

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. CLOCKWISE: Should we go?

BRAND: Go.

Mr. CLOCKWISE: Yeah?

(Soundbite of song, "Everybody's in a Band")

Mr. CLOCKWISE: (Singing) Everybody's in a band, and everybody's in a band. Every guy, he's the man. Yeah, everybody's in a band. Well, all right. I know you really like him, baby, with his tight jeans and his haircut. And his androgynous good looks. I've got to tell you, he's in a band.

Everybody's in a band, and everybody's in a band. Everybody's in a band, and everybody's in a band except for me.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: Andy Clockwise. You are in a band, really. You are…

Mr. CLOCKWISE: I'm a solo artist.

(Soundbite of laughter)

BRAND: So you've come all the way from Australia to make it in the music biz, to - why are you here?

Mr. CLOCKWISE: I came on a tour for South by Southwest with another sort of punk band, and we did South by Southwest and then went to New York and then over to London. And I came over here to meet some managers that I had at the time, and I just stayed, which is a cliched story in this city sometimes, isn't it? It seems a lot of people kind of arrive and just stay.

BRAND: Yeah.

Mr. CLOCKWISE: Yeah.

BRAND: The weather is nice, the living is easy.

Mr. CLOCKWISE: You know, I made friends who, like, are experts on Cajun music, and I have gypsy friends who turn up to parties and just play gypsy music, and I have friends from the South who do this, you know, amazing sort of soulful sort of, you know, gospel sort of stuff. And L.A.'s incredibly open, you know? I'll see so many different shows every night of the week. You know, I'll see southern rock to, like, hip-hop and all these sorts of things that I find incredible because, you know, I'm from Sydney, I suppose.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. CLOCKWISE: But it's very - it's incredibly supportive of each other. Everybody's borrowing each other's gear, everybody's getting out there. All friends go to shows, you know, and really push people. And I think that's awesome.

BRAND: Do you want to play another song?

Mr. CLOCKWISE: Sure. This is a new one.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. CLOCKWISE: So I hope I don't stuff it.

(Soundbite of song, "Remember Love")

Mr. CLOCKWISE: (Singing) We started out, we were much younger. You taught me the fire, and I taught you the hunger. I remember love, but love don't remember me. Then we went out, we got much older. You waited like an angel, and I pined like a soldier, but I remember love, but love don't remember me.

Now that I've been in place, I have the guts to face, you're in another place, and you seem much better. And I'll wait at the bar rooms, you wait at the station. And we'll dream of each other and our old situation, but I remember love, but love don't remember me. And I remember love, but it don't remember me. But I remember our love, but it won't remember me.

You should come to the show tonight.

BRAND: It's at 11?

Mr. CLOCKWISE: I'll put you on the door.

BRAND: You will?

Mr. CLOCKWISE: Yeah.

BRAND: It's free, isn't it?

Mr. CLOCKWISE: Yeah.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. CLOCKWISE: It is.

BRAND: Andy Clockwise, thanks for coming in.

Mr. CLOCKWISE: Thank you so much.

(Soundbite of song, "Everybody's in a Band")

Mr. CLOCKWISE: (Singing) Everybody's in a band…

BRAND: Tonight is the final Monday of Andy Clockwise's Spaceland residency. It's free, remember. Don't worry, though, if you're not in the L.A. area, you can still listen to his music, as well as lots of other artists, on our newly redesigned Web site. That is npr.org.

(Soundbite of song, "Everybody's in a Band")

Mr. CLOCKWISE: (Singing) I know you really like him, baby. (Unintelligible) he's in a band. Everybody's in a band. Everybody has been friends. Everybody understands that (unintelligible) when you're in a band. All right. I know you really like him, baby, with his tight jeans and haircut and his androgynous good looks. But I've got to tell you, he's in a band.

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