LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2013 — Maryland’s own—Clutch—released their new album, “Earth Rocker,” earlier this week on their Weathermaker Music label. I found my way to the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA on Thursday night to see the band play live.
I expected to see Clutch. What I didn’t expect was to be blown away before Clutch even took the stage. Orange Goblin from the United Kingdom, the band that opened the show, took me by surprise. This being my first time hearing them, they reminded me of a slightly toned down High On Fire.
Orange Goblin was a non-stop fast and loud assault that left me wondering why they weren’t headlining their own U.S. tour. Singer Ben Ward would go from singing to head banging to air guitar and then right up to the front of the crowd. I was obviously in the minority of people in attendance who have never heard these guys before.
I am both ashamed for that and stoked that I now have a new band to get into. Since they have been around since 1995, I have a lot of catching up to do!
Then Clutch took the stage and the already crowded floor suddenly morphed into a large can of sardines. Movement was not possible unless you wanted to push people out of the way and get dirty looks in return. The band was awesome.
This was my first time attending a Clutch show, and they were everything they were billed to be and more. It seemed to me that the new songs they played from “Earth Rocker” were the most popular with the crowd, which has to be a great feeling for a band that has been doing this for 23 years.
From “Earth Rocker,” Clutch played “Earth Rocker,” “D.C. Sound Attack,” “Unto the Breach,” “Crucial Velocity,” “The Face,” “Gone Cold,” and also “The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…” in the encore. Other songs included “The Mob Goes Wild,” “Pure Rock Fury,” “Gravel Road,” and “One Eye Dollar,” which was their last song before the encore.
There is not much to say about this show other than…Clutch rocked. If you have never seen them and always wanted to, make sure you catch them at one of their upcoming shows. You definitely do not want to miss this tour.
In a previous interview, drummer Jean-Paul Gaster said, “I know that we’ll tour on this record, easily, for two years, maybe even longer.” This is good news for those who have yet to catch them on this tour and for those that are excited to hopefully see them again.
Below: Orange Goblin video from “Hellfest 2012.”
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