Veiled Clock continues the band’s exploration of a contemporary indie sound not unlike The Maccabees and the Mystery Jets spliced with a classic, retro overtone – the chiming guitars and the echoing, harmonised vocals is reminiscent of sixties greats The Band and The Beach Boys. The track is given a Christmas flavour with the inclusion of choir like backing vocals and the use of sleigh bells. While the video consists of old black and white footage of children playing in the snow during the war, as the footage cuts between the blissful ignorance and happiness of the children, and the mass destruction of war – both human and material. Not particularly uplifting, but anyone who has seen It’s A Wonderful Life will know that Christmas doesn’t always evoke joy and goodwill.
Veiled Clock is the first release by the band since the success of their debut EP Peace and Quiet. Having initially formed as Maydays, The Maginot Band, who hail from Caithness, have been writing music together on and off for the past decade. After numerous changes to their line-up, they finally settled as a six piece in late 2010 consisting of Jordan Shearer (vocals), Calvin Wilson (bass, vocals), Kevin Swanson (guitar, Vocals), Jamie Swanson (guitar), Liam Whittles (organ, piano) and Darren Coghill (drums). Since the change of name and the release of their debut EP, the band have picked up support from the likes of Song By Toad, BBC Introducing in Scotland, Drunken Werewolf and The Vinyl District and are looking to continue to develop their sound with every release.
2012 has been a busy introduction for The Maginot Band having released their EP, followed that up with the free single Veiled Clock and due aim to release another single in January.
Veiled Clock is released via When You Awake Records and is available to download for free now