Nov. 28, 2002

Clockwise Takes a Spin At Roulette-Like Music Business

By Randy J. Klodz

Las Vegas might not be the ideal place for a young rock band to spawn, but the emerging band Clockwise is attempting to make their mark on a short trek with the Murderdolls, which hits Chicago on Dec. 1 at the Metro.“There’s a whole lot more to do than see some local band play,” said Clockwise singer Austin Leduc.

“You’ve got to be over-the-top and one hell of a show to make anybody want to see you as opposed to go to a sure thing. Any club in Vegas is going to have a ton of ladies and air conditioning.”

Leduc—joined by Justin Pasquale (guitar), Scott Beare (guitar), Alfonso Bernal (bass) and Dave McMahon (drums)—is touring in support of the debut album “Healthy Manipulation,” which was released Nov. 5.

Clockwise has had some recent road experience, most notably while touring with the Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth tour, as a side stage act. Though the tour filled amphitheatres that hold 10,000-20,000 fans, Leduc and his band didn’t get to play on the main stage with Hagar and Roth, they spent some time “playing for the beer vender.” “If we got the right traffic coming across our stage, it was all over, we drew a phat crowd,” Leduc said.

Clockwise recently opened for death metal band Kittie at Oasis One Sixty in Chicago Heights, and although that experience wasn’t very positive for Clockwise, Leduc looks forward to playing in Chicago again. “We come out to have a good time. We don’t come out all serious and say ‘listen to our story’ and ‘my momma beat me,’” Leduc said. Leduc also looks forward to playing Metro. “From what I’m told, that’s the place to play anyway. That’s one of the well-known inner-city clubs to play a rock show in Chicago.”

At the Chicago stop, Clockwise will play between openers Manmade God and headliners the Murderdolls, and plan to have a 30-40 minute set time. Murderdolls is a project that current Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison founded before Slipknot made it big. The 80s rock influenced Murderdolls at one time also featured current Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen, who at one time also played guitar for nu-metal outfit Dope.

Metro is located at 3730 N. Clark St. Tickets for the Dec. 1 all ages 6 p.m. show are available for $12. For more information on Clockwise, check out www.clockwiseband.com.

Clockwise Photo: Scott Harrison