Overnight by When the Clock Strikes

Overnight by When the Clock Strikes album cover

The band that likes to refer to themselves as “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater-Core,” When the Clock Strikes speaks to me in this Creator Conversation Q&A session about their latest album, Overnight. Taking the lead on answering my questions is Daniel Basden.

How do you describe yourself and your music?

When the Clock Strikes started in 2014, with Steven Walker on guitar and myself (Daniel Basden) on bass guitar and vocals. Blake Westerby joined on drums in 2016. We like to call ourselves “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater-Core.” I grew up playing those games on PlayStation and listening to Vans Warped Tour Compilations, so those influences are easy to see, I think. We all love video games, so In addition to our original music, we’ve recorded a few video game covers as well. We tend to write mostly fast songs. I bring the pop sensibilities and the song lyrics, and Steven brings the chaos and bits of flair, to keep things interesting and fun. Blake runs the metronome during live sets to keep us tight, and also facilitates pre-production by recording demos and helping us refine ideas. 

What pushed you to share your music with the world?

I’ve thought that Steven’s talent deserved to be shared with other people since I first heard him play. We met in 2006, and played together in a few different capacities over the years. But we didn’t do our own thing on our terms until we created this band. I believed we could do good work together. Also, I’ve always appreciated the way that music brings people together. I’ve always appreciated that song lyrics can help give us a fresh perspective on the things around us or our personal situations. So I wanted to share parts of my story and be a part of that tradition. 

Use only seven words to describe your album, Overnight.

Reflections on reacting to adversity and darkness.

What was the greatest challenge you had when making the album?

For me, the hardest part was wrapping up the fourth song, which was before we titled the EP or knew how it all fit together. I was frustrated with writer’s block, which led me to the opening line of the EP: “I can’t get my ducks in a row.” “Ducks went on to be our lead single, and one of our most popular songs.

What are some of your favorite breakfast places in Oklahoma? 

That’s a hard one for me, because I’m NOT a morning person! Haha. I do love breakfast food though! If I have a chill weekend, I’ll usually sleep in and cook breakfast for myself at home. The place I frequent most often for the breakfast menu is Whataburger after late shows. I love the honey butter chicken biscuit. Simple, but so good. Blake likes to go sit down at IHOP after shows, but I can only handle 4 AM bedtimes so often. ; )

Where is the best place to experience moonlight in Oklahoma?

The night I had the initial idea for “Moonlight,” we were at Elephant Rock Nature Park in Tahlequah. For a few years, some locals put on a weekend music fest called Elephunk. It was way past sundown and we had already played our set, and I went down a trail through some trees until I reached a clearing. I remember being amazed at how bright the moonlight was that night, and how everything around me was visibly casting shadows, even in the absence of any human light sources. 

What gives you night terrors? 

Used to be stuff like home invaders and being chased by monsters or scary people. These days, it’s more existential dread or social isolation / rejection

When the Clock Strikes - photo by Parker Coffman / Fear the Locals
When the Clock Strikes – photo by Parker Coffman / Fear the Locals

What are some of your favorite places to perform or listen to live music in Oklahoma?

The Vanguard in downtown Tulsa is one of our favorite spots to play. They bring in national touring acts, but it’s also accessible to Tulsa locals. We filmed a live video for our song “Fair Weather” on the outdoor stage at The Fur Shop, featuring the Tulsa skyline. So that’s a special place for me too. I also enjoy seeing bigger acts come through Tulsa at Cain’s Ballroom, the BOK Center, and the Brady Theater

What else would you like people to know about yourself and your music?

Oklahomans can come see us in Tulsa in on Friday, May 17th at Chimera Cafe downtown, as part of the PromCore weekend event! Also, you can follow us on Streaming platforms and on social media!

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com

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