Clutch – The Forum
5 March 3016 – Day 10/365
Review by John Dean
Photography by Zo Damage
Clutch are one of the best bands in the world. As I’ve written before, they’ve also got to be one of the most consistent. Each time I’ve seen them, the rooms have grown larger, as have the audiences, many of whom look like doppelgangers of the four men on stage.
But before we get into Clutch, let’s talk about Cosmic Psychos.
Since Psychos’ resurgence off the back of the Blokes You Can Trust documentary, Cosmic Psychos have become ubiquitous on the Australian gig scene. Their set could have been the main event. From Ross Knight arguing with his mic lead, to his anthemic punk tunes about schnitzel and beetroot, to a yearning to be like David Lee Roth, their likeability is palpable.
As my friend Will said after their set, “This is what we [Australia] have. This is our best band.” I’m inclined to agree. Next Eurovision should not have been a TV talent show winner. It should have been the Psychos on stage representing this nation, performing ‘C’mon Cunt’ to the EU.
Back to Clutch. Neil Fallon is electric. He commands the audience with such authority and power that it stands to reason that, had circumstances been different, he could have been the head of a cult in the American south, the type of mythical, broken character who could easily populate his lyrics.
The set took heavily from the band’s last few records, which, for other bands with a two and a half decade history, could come across more as criticism than compliment. But, this is Clutch, so see above for comments on consistency and merit.
As Fallon declares in set closer ‘Electric Worry’, “I get satisfaction everywhere I go.”
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Photos from this event are part of the Zo Damage 365 day live music photography project where Zo has committed to photographing one band [or more] a day for, you guessed it, 365 days. The project kicked off on 25 February 2016 and is going strong. View the galleries and join the journey! It's a trip.