Why Make Clocks

Why Make Clocks


WHY MAKE CLOCKS write passionate songs in which the music constantly evolves. For fans of Pedro the Lion, Pernice Brothers, American Music Club, Palace and/or Sparklehorse. You can expect dynamic songs, dark lyricism, a variety of musical styles and instrumentation.


Originally formed in 1998 by Iowa songwriter Dan Hutchison and multi-instrumentalist Brian Wiksell, WHY MAKE CLOCKS soon released a 7" EP "The Transient Swivel" which laid the groundwork for what would eventually lead to the release of 2 full length albums and 2 more EPs featuring various line-ups over the years.

Currently WMC are Dan Hutchison (vocals, guitar), Will Tarbox (drums) and Chuck Hoffman (bass,vocals). While Hutchison remains the principle songwriter, his partnership with Tarbox and Hoffman has brought about its own unique stage to the personality of this ever-evolving group.

Often compared to American Music Club, Pernice Brothers and Will Oldham (among others), WHY MAKE CLOCKS find it a little difficult to describe their own music “They’re kind of musician-friendly songs,” says Hutchison. “We just try to make albums we would want to own or listen to,” he says. “where every song has it's purpose for being there, and isn't just filler.”

WHY MAKE CLOCKS write what comes naturally to them: honest, passionately music, with varieties of styles and instrumentations that sound both ominous and majestic, but constantly unfolding:

"powerfully flowing melodies...moody thoughtful lyrics... " - CMJ

"a moody, compelling effort...each song feels somewhat epic" - Billboard Magazine

"grand melodies and expert craftsmanship" -popmatters.com

"Why Make Clocks artfully add modern indie guitar ideas to the traditional country/folk rock structure" - freecitymedia.com

"a dusty dose of pain and lament that cleanses the soul...one of the top releases of 2002" - Des Moines Cityview

On recent national tours, Why Make Clocks supported Atlantic and Rubric recording artist Christian Gibbs as both an opening act and back up band. In addition Why Make Clocks have played alongside the likes of: The Jayhawks, American Music Club, Pernice Brothers, Mountain Goats, Magnolia Electric Co., John Doe, John Vanderslice, Handsome Family, (smog), Rosie Thomas, William Elliot Whitmore, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Jeremy Enigk and many others.


"These Things Are Ours" 2009 Sleep On The Floor
engineer: Luke Tweedy
studio: Flat Black Studio, Iowa City, IA

"Ego Reflector EP"-self released 2007
engineer: Eric Kennedy/Chris Thrailkill
Studio: WMC home studio

"Midwestern Film" CD- the Barely Bias Label 2006
engineer: Craig Schumacher/Chris Schultz
studio: Wavelab, Tucson, AZ

"Fifteen Feet and Twenty Degrees" CD- Rubric Records 2002
engineer: AJ Mogis
Studio: Presto! Lincoln, NE

"Why Make Clocks" EP - Self Released 2000
engineer: Chris Thrailkill
studio: home

"the Transient Swivel" 7" EP - Sump Pump Records 1998
engineers: Dan Hutchison/Brian Wiksell
studio: Kinjite A & B

Set List

set lists vary, why make clocks seldom perform covers onstage or on recording.