Andy Kelly is known to many as Andy Clockwise. He is also known to many as the eccentric, charismatic, magnetic, ‘so talented it’s almost unfair’ (The Daily Telegraph) brand new legend of rock and roll. Come from Sydney Australia, he has made his home in Los Angeles for the past two years.
Andy stands out with his genre-defying sound; He is part punk, part pop, part country, and part indescribable. He can smile while breaking your heart and make you cry while making you dance.
His was a childhood diet of Motown, folk records, and MTV. This along with his insatiable hunger to master the drums, guitar, piano, bass, and every prance and prowl of his heroes stage work in his early adolescence, goes some way in explaining his propensity to buck against the trends of the day to produce timeless pop and rock songs that make you say “I was there!” and stand the test of time.
‘Andy Clockwise’ emerged after a brief stint at a Sydney university and gigging in and around the Sydney underground music and art scene. Single-handedly writing, recording and producing his debut EP in 2003, the release Song Exhibition spawned a couple of high rotation singles on Australian national radio, a healthy dose of critical acclaim and a bunch of new fans. His was a touring act at a very young age.
There are few debut long-players that can claim to be as ambitious, as thrilling and as unpredictable as Andy’s 2006 release, Classic FM. Ostensibly a concept double-album with songs that stand up alone and together, it scored countless 4 and 5-star reviews in Australia, Triple J Feature Album of the Week, sold-out national tours (including a nationally-broadcast live shows) and support slots with INXS and Hugh Cornwall (The Stranglers).
But like Andy would say “I hit a ceiling, I needed something different, a change is as good as a holiday, so the minute I could I packed up to move to England or America went on a short tour with an electro punk band and somehow ended up in LA, what a cliché?”
Since arriving in Los Angeles something has happened to Andy and to all of us. He spent the first months playing with a lap top and acoustic guitar until local musicians and drunks at bars became his band, ever evolving until it became what it is today; one of the most exciting live shows you have ever seen. It’s the type of show that makes you feel like you are at your first concert again. Part Elvis, part Iggy, but all around mind blowing.
The songs are simultaneously classic yet thoroughly modern. Radio-friendly but unconventional. The influences are there, but their marriage is unique: Bob Dylan with Prince, U2 with Sly & the Family Stone, 70’s glam with 80‘s funk-rock.