Clutch rocks The Signal.

Clutch is no stranger to Chattanooga, Tennessee, US and Friday night their fans didn’t leave much standing room at Chattanooga’s newest music venue, The Signal.

I have listened to Clutch since 2000 and I am always surprised they do not get more mainstream attention for their talent. It’s raw rock n roll with a dash of soul, and a touch of let me smash your face. Clutch throws a little bit of everything in to the pot when they stir the sauce and their fans love it. They didn’t let anyone down Friday night.

Clutch maybe a day or two older than they used to be, but they still rock hard with a rock solid song line up where ever they go. Tonight they grooved out onto the stage to Chuck Brown and The Soul Searcher’s We Need Some Money for a bit of humor before they put us under the spell of their rock incantations.

They hit the ground running with The Incomparable Mr. Flannery, a fan favorite from their 2005 album Robot Hive/Exodus. Lead singer, Neil Fallon, tore into the set like he was confronting his old arch nemesis and set the scene for the night.

Song after song you could feel the momentum building to the point crowd was crawling on one another. It would be difficult to pin down a favorite part of the concert. Every song was a stand out. When they played Mob Goes Wild it damn near felt like an encore. Then they followed it up with X-RAY Vision. It was explosive. I had to check my watch to make sure I didn’t get lost in time and was at the end of the set. I was relieved to see we were not even half way through the set.

Spacegrass was absolutely a crowd favorite and they wasted no time falling in to character. Neil commanded them from stage like puppets suspended in their interpretation of his lyrical animation. It was tonight that I learned screaming “JESUS ON THE DASHBOARD” at a complete stranger is perfectly acceptable in some situations.

My only disappointment was what I didn’t hear. We all have favorite songs we want to hear; don’t we? With a killer 19 song line up it was easy to over look that I didn’t hear a few of my favorites. They can’t play all night. What matters is that Clutch kicked Chattanooga’s ass and Chattanooga loved them for it. If they come to a venue near you, you should let them kick your ass too. 


We rate:
5.0 rating

SET LIST:

  1. The Incomparable Mr Flannery
  2. Cyborg Bette
  3. Noble Savage
  4. Sucker for the Witch
  5. The Mob Goes Wild
  6. X-Ray Visions
  7. Firebirds!
  8. Crucial Velocity
  9. The Face
  10. Passive Restraints
  11. Spacegrass
  12. Cypress Grove
  13. Gimme The Keys
  14. Earth Rocker
  15. D.C. Sound Attack
  16. 50,000 Unstoppable Watts
    ENCORE
  17. Burning Beard
  18. Electric Worry
  19. One Eye Dollar

We rate:
5.0 rating