|Posted on April 29, 2014 at 2:00 AM|
Clutch and label buddies Lionize bring the pure rock fury to Manchester
With one of the harshest double bookings made in Manchester in a long while, Clutch and Lionize went up against Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Black Moth and Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell in a battle of hard rock in the city.
Clutch are currently on their second run around England in support of their awesome Earth Rocker album, which won Metal Hammer’s ‘Album of 2013’ award. Before they took the stage, they were ably supported by fellow Weathermaker Music band, Lionize.
The band took the stage to perennial party hit, The 900 Number, and rocked through a solid forty five minute set. The rolling bass lines and mightily loud drums were infused well with impassioned vocals against the backdrop of the bands organ sound. There were plenty of jam like moments and some great work on the keys to get the crowd pumped for Clutch.
The no frills approach of Clutch is so refreshing: Four guys on a mission to light the fires of a party. Opening with Crucial Velocity, its furious and ludicrous chorus was met with excitement as they proceeded to impress over a 100 minute long set with aplomb. The band signalled an intention to rock and party hard from the off. Another brace of Earth Rocker tracks followed in the form of Cyborg Bette and the albums awesome title track, which was the first arms aloft moment of many.
Profits of Doom and the horrendously catchy The Mob Goes Wild from Blast Tyrant raised the excitement and fervour even more inside Manchester's increasingly warm Academy. As the lyric goes for 'mob;' pants were adjusted for a good time dance!
Pure Rock Fury's title track was followed hotly by the classic Spacegrass. Its stoner groove and rib shaking bass from Dan Maines' beautiful Rickenbacker bass guitar was definitely a nod for the Clutch purists.
Another trio of Earth Rocker tracks followed in the form of the vivacious Unto The Breach, and a more mellow moment in Gone Cold. The trio was finished off with the towering riffs of The Face.
Following an Earth Rocker heavy set, the band moved into a flurry of older tunes which was opened with the away and swagger of The Soapmakers. The groove was punctuated by a drum solo that saw the rest of the band on their respected sides of the stage admiring their sticksman’s work.
Robot Hive got its nod for the set list in the form of Burning Beard and the massively catchy and binary laced 10001110101. The latter provided an opportunity for Lionize organist, Chris, to help Clutch out. Cypress Grove's funky guitar and cowbell laden drumline helped make up the older tracks, before the band left the stage ahead of a four song encore.
DC Sound Attack is a complete and utter killer tune. It demands to be danced to! This along with The Regulator and the ZZ Top influenced Electric Worry closed out a magnificent night in Manchester.
The fact that Clutch can play a huge slice of their most recent release and have it received the way it was shows the quality and talent that the band have honed over the past two decades. Clutch are a band still on the up - those who were in Manchester tonight witnessed something special.
Words: Dom Walsh
Once again Phil Goddard took some stunning pictures, check his work here and see a few below.
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