Two Rowdy Nights of Clutch, Lucero and the Sword This WeekMay 15th, 2017
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.