Words and Photography By: Chandler Poczciwinski
"Writing these songs with the guys made me really happy, and I love how they turned out. That’s what is most important to me.”
-Dan McCormick of Kill the Clock
With a fresh new record just released and a headlining tour hitting 13 new cities, Kill the Clock (Buffalo, NY) is soon going to be hard to miss. I was lucky enough to catch up with Dan McCormick (vocals/guitar), of Kill the Clock to talk about their new EP Doll Motion, upcoming release tour, and two-show tour kick off madness.
To start, if you are from the local Buffalo scene and didn’t attend either one of the tour kick-off shows, then you really missed out.
With both shows boasting killer lineups, the first showcasing: Mallory Run (Edinboro, Pennsylvania), Fernway (Buffalo, NY), Kill the Clock (Buffalo, NY), and the second: Fallow Land (Ann Arbor, MI), Super American (Buffalo, NY), Kill the Clock, and Fernway. I obviously had to stay for both back to back shows, and I am so glad that I did because it was a night that I will not soon forget. When I asked Dan from KTC how having two shows came about he told me, “We figured we’d try something different and do an early and a late show. We got Fernway to jump on both shows and assist in moving tickets. The first show sold out in about a week, which was super cool. It was our first presale sellout ever.”
While the first show was sold out when I was there I was a little disappointed in the crowd because they were not as hyped up as they rightfully should have been. Don’t get me wrong, alone this still would have been a successful show. However, when put up against the second show, it paled in comparison. The second show wasn't even sold out but when I looked back as the second band of the night Super American took to the stage, the cozy Buffalo venue Stamps the Bar, was already packed wall to wall. Then when Kill the Clock took the stage (KTC played third during the late show with Fernway headlining) the place went absolutely nuts. With fans singing along to songs off their new EP Doll Motion (that was just released two days prior) and a proper mosh pit taking place in front of the stage, I was so proud of not only the boys in KTC but also the Buffalo scene in general. Overall, these were two great shows and was a proper way to send Kill the Clock off on their biggest tour to date.
Like I said before, Kill the Clock just released a killer new EP Doll Motion on January second, to send them off on tour with a pocketful of new songs to play for their fans. This seven-song EP, clocking in at nineteen minutes, features singles “Worry” and “Spaced-Out”, and is an absolute ripper.
When I asked Dan how this album came about he tells me, “‘Doll Motion’ was recorded at GCR Audio in downtown Buffalo with Jay Zubricky. This was the first record we did with him, and we were all very excited to get started and do something different. We all had different schedules to work around with school, and a lot of stuff in our personal lives come up to delay the process a bit, so it took us longer than expected to finish everything. We began recording in the first week of 2018, and didn’t have the entire record finished until September.” As a fan of KTC, this was definitely a long painful wait, but just as they always do, KTC went far above my expectations with their new EP. However, longtime fans will notice that Doll Motion brings out a new, more aggressive side of Kill the Clock. Dan touched on the subject of their new sound, he tells me, “I hope that listeners will see a different side to Kill The Clock with this new record, and see that we are much more capable writers than what we have done in the past. We all love the old stuff and are still very proud of it, I just think we all like to progress and not make the same sounding record every time. I think that we have progressed the most with Doll Motion.
I hope listeners will agree with me in a positive way. If not, that’s cool too. Writing these songs with the guys made me really happy, and I love how they turned out. That’s what is most important to me.” If you haven’t checked out Doll Motion yet then start off your new year right and give it a spin wherever you get your music. Also, if you are lucky enough to have them coming to a city near you then make sure you go see them spread these new songs live.
Speaking of seeing them live, Kill the Clock is heading out on a Doll Motion release tour that hits 13 new cities and 4 new states. When I asked Dan about this huge step for the band he told me, “I actually didn’t even realize we were in that many new places until Mike brought it up to us yesterday. It’s always exciting to bring our music to places we’ve never been before. We love seeing new faces and expanding our outreach as much as possible. Visiting new cities is the best way to do that.
A lot of the shows on this tour have super solid lineups, and we’re very excited to get out there. Mike really did an amazing job with this one, and the rest of the band is very grateful for all the hard work he puts into it booking tours for us.” From the looks of their social media, it already looks like KTC is having a great tour so far playing with some other great bands, however, send a little bit of good luck their way as they get through their van troubles! Make sure to check out the dates of Kill the Clock’s Doll Motion release tour because if they are coming to a city near you and you don’t go then you will be truly missing out on a good time. Buffalo fans can also be excited to see open up for Can’t Swim on March 20, at Mohawk Place.
With their new EP and groundbreaking release tour, Kill The Clock is taking some massive steps outside of their comfort zone in the Buffalo scene. Kill the Clock is breaking out and is staking their claim in the growing punk scene. To give you another reason (not that you need one) to be excited about KTC, Dan also teased to me the possibility of a music video and a tribute album being in the works. With all that being said, make sure to check out Kill the Clock’s new EP Doll Motion, and catch them in a city near you during their release tour. Until next time, support local music and go see a show.