Save The Clocktower is an indie-pop band from Chicago, formed in 2009 by life long friends Greg Newton, Sean Paras, and Jimmy Shenk. While the group holds its roots in the City of Broad Shoulders, they continually draw inspiration from Greg’s electronic music work from his college years in Boulder, Colorado, Sean’s film work and intensive study of psychoanalysis at University of Illinois, and Jimmy’s education of eclecticism and mastering revels at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
In 2011, they released their first full-length album, Carousel, earning them the reputation as, “one of those acts you should be telling your friends about” (Dead Journalist). In 2013, the band summoned the power of James “Umbrella” Washington, a long-lost (but never forgotten) friend from their high school days, to bring in his meditative mastery of the low-end four string to keep up with their ever-expanding vision. The band’s music has been featured on NPR’s World Cafe, MTV, E!’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and Victoria’s Secret retail stores across the US.
Save The Clocktower is the music you’ve been hearing in the back of your head for years but is only now coming into consciousness. Please enjoy responsibly.
–“an infectious collection of indie-pop songs” – World Cafe: NPR
–“their Pheonix-y Shins-y Freelance Whales- indie-pop had me bopping from the off. They’re from Chicago, and weirdly have that Tortoise/Sea & Cake vibe drifting over the surface of their Cut Copy-ish grooves” – Drowned In Sound
–“Within the category “summer listening” there are a multitude of finer-grained classifications, including “driving in a car to the beach tunes,” “cookout tunes,” and “smoking a joint on a rooftop tunes,” each of which has its own specific requirements. For “so goddamn hot and gross that the thought of doing anything more physically exerting than floating in a pool of cold water tunes,” the main thing is that they should relax you, not excite you. Lowish BPMs, an unaggressive sound, and a general breeziness (in case there’s no actual breeze) are crucial here. “Like That” by local indie-pop band Save the Clocktower fulfills all of these prerequisites nicely.” – Chicago Reader
–“There is a guarantee that you can dance, prance, hop, frolic and even break it down while listening to Through The Glass.” – EARMILK.com
–Video Premiere on mtvU
– “Save The Clocktower are one of those few bands who walk on the other side of the current status-quo line in the sand. Amidst the slight yet consistent genre shifts on their new album Through The Glass is an underlying ethos which becomes more and more apparent as the album unfolds.” – Listen Before You Buy
– “Through The Glass, is an altogether fantastic album. Everything they did well on their debut, they do even better on Through The Glass. The hooks are catchier. The jams are more upbeat. And when they get dreamy, it’s more vivid than anything they’d done before.” – Turntable Kitchen
– “In this album Save The Clocktower seem to take aim at establishing sultry smooth beats, that aren’t devoid of a focus on snare and kick, but tend to let them recede somewhat, allowing the underlying beat – and emotion aspect of the rhythm – to seemingly be equally created by all instruments. Again, reinforcing this kind of 80′s, glossy & dream like “wall-of-sound”. This is where the album succeeds. They successfully created a palpable, and pleasant, undertone to all of the songs of the album, giving them a engaging cohesiveness. But then within this cohesive atmosphere they created they give you songs that vary a good amount otherwise. This, of course, intrigues the listener even more-so and lets the album get better upon repeated play.” – OurVinyl
– “There’s also touches of electronic dance music in the mix resulting in a musical style that brings to mind a cross between Yeasayer and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. On paper, it sounds like an intra-generational musical train wreck; on record though, Save The Clocktower’s new album is an infectious collection of rhythmic indie-pop songs.” – WXPN The Key
– “Fans of Back To The Future will hear something familiar in Chicago’s Save The Clocktower, whose sound, like the film it takes its name from, exists in both the ’80s and “the future.” That means sexy synth-pop leads, Daft Punk robotronics, Coldplay sentimentality and Exacto-knife production.” – Milwaukee Magazine