REVIEW: Clutch rock Bristol's O2 Academy

PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 December 2018 | UPDATED: 14:35 27 December 2018

Clutch creidt: Cosa Nostra PR

Clutch creidt: Cosa Nostra PR

Cosa Nostra PR

There are not many bands which would release a single which was also a recipe for crab cakes, but Clutch are not your average band.

For more than 25 years the Frederick-based four piece have blasted the roof off of venues around the world with their unique blend of bluesy sci-fi rock, and the packed out gig at the O2 Academy, Bristol on Tuesday was no exception.

They did, however, have some strong competition in the noise stakes from supporting act The Picturebooks.

The thunderous sound of drummer Phillip Mirtschink’s huge kit comprised mainly of kettle drums and percussion instruments shook the stage, while frontman Fynn Grabke’s angry vocals and country-infused slide guitar antics, got the crowd going through a strong set of punchy Southern rock.

Clutch then stormed the stage and did not let up for a moment, with lead singer Neil Fallon promising a set with some tracks off their new album Book Of Bad Decisions and packed with plenty of old stuff including Least That’s What The Set List Says.

The band roared through their classic, Sucker For the Witch, with Fallon bellowing with the conviction of an incensed lay preacher, before slowing things down with new track Spirit Of 76.

Clutch gave exactly what they promised, though some of their stronger singles were conspicuously absent like the Philip K Dick-inspired X-Ray Visions, and the country-tinged delta blues of Death In Texas.

They did, however, play their ‘most controversial song’ the sexiest recipe for crab cakes committed to song – Hot Bottom Feeder.

Other highlights included their latest single Barbarella and ‘a song about doing stupid things in vehicles’ the high energy thrill ride Firebirds.

Closing the main set with the epic Electric Worry, the crowd erupted with not one person left not dancing or singing along to catchy chorus line ‘bang, bang, bang, bang.’

After a two-song encore, Clutch left everyone wanting more – ending with Weird Times, which I thought was an odd choice, as it is a new track and not their strongest.

Still like the song says ‘futurism is the loneliest charm’.

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