Clock Hands Strangle

Written by Jonny Havoc

Clock Hands Strangle
Posted Oct 2, 2007.

Nick Hill | guitar
Brian Bo | bass
Adam Burguet | drums
Todd Portnowitz | guitar & vocals
Cristian Duran | keys, glockenspiel & trombone

What are some shows coming up?

Sep 25 2007 10:00P
Common Grounds w. Do Make Say Think Gainesville, Florida

Sep 26 2007 8:30P
Club Downunder w. Do Make Say Think Tallahassee, Florida

Oct 6 2007 10:00P
The Atlantic Gainesville, Florida

Oct 17 2007 10:00P
Live on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park, Florida

Oct 20 2007 8:00P
Pizza Di Rock Merrit Island, Florida

What give you the most inspiration for your lyrics?
Daily life. Good poetry. Experience. Nature. Human interactions. Any image, really.

What is the title of your latest album?

How many songs are one it and how long did it take for you guys to finish the recording?
Redshift/Blueshift is a ten track album. It took just over three months to finish recording. plus time for mixing and mastering. about... 5 months total.

Could you tell us a little about it?
Redshift/Blueshift is an album that takes its name from two astronomy concepts. In astronomy, the term "redshift" refers to objects moving away (hence our discovery that the universe is expanding). Blueshift refers to objects approaching. The album is split around this paradox, the first five tracks dealing with expansion, the latter five with contraction. It's an album in the true sense, with something like an A side and a B side, following an arch from beginning to end.
The album was recorded at the home of Jay Godwin and Juan Diaz in Orlando, Florida, and was self-produced. It was mastered by Mark Chalecki of Kingsize Soundlabs in Los Angeles, CA.
It can be purchased directly through our Myspace, or that of Team Grizzly, our local record label. It's also available at all live shows.

What is the best thing about playing music?
Engaging a listener.

Any funny stories about a fan that stand out the most?
Met a man in Jackson
who chewed cannonball chew
who hated cigarettes,
who had his son pay his own child support,
who carried a semi-clean toothbrush in his pocket,
who whistled at any girl up to his chin,
who was a superfreak,
who loved negroes when they paid his bills,
who had had an erection for twenty-six hours, after taking ecstasy,
whose boss was creepin'.

Do you guy have any tours in the making?
Not currently. We're sticking around Florida for the time being. Maybe we'll be out on the road come summertime, or next fall. It really depends on when we sit down to record another album.

What do you think about UFOs?
I think people are so desperate to not be alone that they'll imagine anything, even fool themselves with their own fake footage. UFOs are a cop-out too, because it's the empty hope that space is going to come to us, when we should be going to it.

What do you think of vegetarians?
Humans are omnivores.

What do you guys do for work right now, other than playing music?
apartment lease sellers, and sign holders

What were some of your favorite bands growing up and what bands have influenced your band the most?
Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, John Lennon

Anything you would like to say to your fans reading this interview?
Read a book.

Do you have any promoting secrets that you would like to share with our readers?
Worry about the music you're making. If you're not committed to your art there's no point to promote it. Though I don't think that's a secret.

Having a reliable PR firm behind the band allows us more time to focus on creative efforts, rather than on publicity. We're also working with 1Up PR out of Los Angeles.

Do you have any upcoming shows?
Sep 24 2007 8:00P
The Social w. Do Make Say Think Orlando, Florida

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