Clutch | 11.04.10

Opening with “The Mob Goes Wild” from Blast Tyrant, the band instantly had the crowd in the palm of its hand and never loosened its grip.

 
 
 
Photos: Corey Woodruff
 
Pop’s, Sauget, IL
 
It took nearly an hour for Clutch to arrive on stage after opening act Two Cents, but it took mere seconds for the Baltimore band to make their case for the title of “Greatest Living Band Currently Inhabiting Earth.”
 
The night got off to a rocky start with L.A. thrash act Two Cents taunting the unimpressed crowd while spewing raunchy lyrics and mid-song banter that made Limp Bizkit seem classy by comparison. The band was clearly not feeling the vibe they wanted from the crowd, but the incessant bitching and crass insults from the singer did little to gain them new fans. I must admit, though, their closing Pantera cover was authentic if utterly obvious.
 
Once Clutch took over, it was an entirely different spectacle. Neil Fallon stalked the stage with fire in his eyes as the titanic rhythm section of Dain Maines and Jean-Paul Gaster tested the venue’s structural integrity and stoic guitarist Tim Sult churned out riffs of wah pedal fury. 
 
Opening with “The Mob Goes Wild” from Blast Tyrant, the band instantly had the crowd in the palm of its hand and never loosened its grip as the audience screamed along with every word. Four songs into the set Clutch finally dialed down the intensity just a touch with “Curandera,” but the crowd erupted once again when it was followed by the steamroller groove of “Power Player.” The middle part of the set pulled material from throughout their twenty-year career, including a fiery version of “Yeti.” Somewhat predictably, the band closed with an epic, stretched-out version of “Spacegrass,” followed by the southern-fried rock of “Electric Worry.”
 
Overall the show was a mixed bag, mainly due to the ridiculous choice of opening band. I’ve rarely seen a more inappropriate pairing, but Clutch is touring with Two Cents so there’s obviously some unexplained affection between the bands. It hardly matters though, as Clutch proved once again that they can lay waste to any crowd, no matter who they are following on stage. | Corey Woodruff
 
 

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply