Neil Fallon (vocals, guitar and keys), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), Dan Maines (bass and vocals) and Tim Sult (guitar and vocals) formed Clutch more than 25 years ago in Germantown, Md. They gained a loyal following and an interest from several indie labels early on, thanks to their high-energy live shows and their own unique sound (think: the Venn diagram overlap of Led Zeppelin and Faith No More with a little bit of that go-go swing). But despite putting so much emphasis on the fiery stage performances they’re known for, Clutch (above, performing “Firebirds”) still spend a considerable amount of time in the studio recording new material, including their 11th full-length album, Psychic Warfare (stream it below), which came out two Octobers ago. “As the band members have grown together, they deliver—almost effortlessly—a most well-oiled machine. Psychic Warfare includes super-tight interplay, madcap (and thematically heady) lyrics and high-octane riffs that often translate with face-melting power in their live shows,” according to AllMusic. And in naming the long-player one of the 20 Best Metal Albums of 2015, Rolling Stone called it “a danger-fueled but stoner-friendly gem that reminds the listener of days where the hippie and biker culture intermingled in psychotic harmony.” Clutch come our way this week, accompanied by a pair of equally raucous acts—Memphis, Tenn., country-punk rockers Lucero and Austin, Texas, metal revivalists the Sword—for two shows, tonight at Brooklyn Steel and on Wednesday at the Capitol Theatre.
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Mastodon and Clutch – SummerStage – May 19, 2015
About 30 minutes into their set last night at SummerStage, Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor pulled a classic rock-concert move during a Brent Hinds guitar solo: He stood up, with one foot on his stool and one on the kick drum and begged the crowd to get louder. To be fair to the Central Park crowd, it’s not like they weren’t already going crazy for the Atlanta metal band. But this was a rock show, and this was Mastodon—you can always give them a little more.
Mastodon have been around for 15 years or so now, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost a step. In fact, the opposite is the case because the band members are playing better than they ever have. And while precision might not be the sexiest thing to crave at a metal show, Mastodon have got it in spades. Their four-part vocal harmonies and dueling guitar parts are as crisp as ever.
There’s just no hesitation in the way that the guys in Mastodon play, which is why that precision didn’t cost any fun. Hinds and guitarist teammate Bill Kelliher spent plenty of time headbanging on the edge of the stage with bassist Troy Sanders. The set still felt loose and was about as loud as you’ll ever hear SummerStage get. That pleased the longtime fans who, when they weren’t popping balloons with cigarettes or playing Ring Around the Rosie with their heavy metal–T-shirt-wearing kids, were still banging their heads along with the band. —Sean O’Kane | @Sokane1
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The guys in Clutch—Neil Fallon (vocals, guitar and keys), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), Dan Maines (bass and vocals) and Tim Sult (guitar and vocals)—have been making their own brand of rock (think: the Venn Diagram overlap of Led Zeppelin and Faith No More, sort of) since forming in Germantown, Md., in 1990. They gained a loyal following and an interest from several indie labels early on, thanks to their high-energy live shows. But despite putting so much emphasis on their stage performances, they still spend a considerable amount of time in the studio recording new material. In fact the quartet recently released their 10th full-length, the well-received Earth Rocker. And now Clutch (above, doing the new disc’s title track) are out on the road in support of it. See them, along with the Sword and Lionize, tomorrow night at Terminal 5.
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