Clutch @ Pearl Street; January 13, 2014
Winter. Most bands are either hibernating, heading towards NAMM on the west coast, or flying somewhere south of the Equator where it’s nice and warm. Granted, Clutch will play Australia next month, but not now. They ended their winter shows here in the United States on January 18, and then they will take a well-deserved break from what has been a relentless tour schedule before heading down under.
The cold weather–or the fact that the show was on a Monday night–didn’t dissuade the band’s loyal fans from showing up en masse at the Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton, MA. The band had a brutal touring schedule last year promoting their latest offering Earth Rocker, which was well received by fans and critics alike, and this January run before their shows in Australia will mark the end of a very successful tour here in the States.
How would I describe the show in a single word? I would say passionate. Hard riffs, tight drums, and the emotional stage presence of Neil Fallon make all Clutch shows a unique experience. And the crowd was feeling the energy as well. They played the Earth Rocker album in its entirety, with a few favorites here and there, such as “The Dragonfly,” “Basket of Eggs” and “The Soapmakers”. They ended the show with the classics “Spacegrass,” “Electric Worry” and “One Eye Dollar.”
If you’ve never seen Clutch live, there are no words to accurately describe their show. You just have to get a ticket and experience one for yourselves, like I did. I have to shamefully admit this was my first one, but I’m proud to say it will not be my last. You can count me in as a new “convert.” As long as they keep on touring, I’m there. And so should you. Enjoy the images from the show!As always, like, share, and enjoy!
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