There was something special in the warm Southern air in Raleigh, NC on May 9. It could have been the humidity or the smell of the tasty adult beverages all around or the sweet perfume of the many lovely ladies in attendance or the smell of weed as the house lights went down. Whatever it was, everyone there at the Lincoln Theatre knew they were in for something very special. You see, The Missing Link Tour featuring Mastodon and Clutch was making a stop in town and the venue couldn’t hold the massive crowd, so they took it outside for a concert under the stars.
Clutch has always been a band heavy on substance over style. They don’t rely on smoke and mirrors when they hit the stage because these guys are all business. You won’t find any backing tracks or auto tune anywhere near a Clutch show. In an industry full of fads and here today, gone today artists, Clutch has been doing what they do best for over twenty years now and that’s deliver maximus rock that will melt your face off.
May 9 was not only the date of their show in Raleigh, North Carolina, but it also marked the 20th anniversary of the release of their second album entitled Clutch. The guys opened the show with four songs in a row (“Escape from the Prison Planet”, “Spacegrass”, “Animal Farm” and “The House That Peterbilt”) from that album and they sounded just as fresh and sonically relevant as any song on the radio today. Their set spanned many albums released during their twenty four year career up through their latest release Earth Rocker. The band was also joined on-stage by Mastodon’s Brent Hinds for the song “D.C. Sound Attack!” as he showed off his skill on the slide guitar.
Overall, the guys delivered a solid set which has become the course of the norm for them for many years now. There are so many younger bands who could take a cue from these guys because they’ve always stuck to their guns and created a style of rock that never goes out of style. The band has a new album coming out sometime this year and I am sure that it will continue the tradition of big riffs, pounding drums, nasty grooves and a timeless sense of killer rock and roll that’s far from being dead.