Review and Photography by Michael Mullenix
On Saturday, February 23rd, Maryland rockers Clutch brought their unique blend of Hard Rock to the Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater. Upon taking the stage Clutch riled up the crowd with their appropriately-named breakout hit, The Mob Goes Wild, setting the tone for the groove-laced Rock N Roll the evening would be jam-packed with. Clutch… where to begin talking about Clutch? They appear to thrive in spite of expectations and fueled by a unique blend of Metal, Funk, Southern Rock and Blues that is seldom replicated in today’s music scene. But with such an odd musical pedigree, the band has amassed a legion of loyal fans around the world, and a sliver of them showed up to rock out under the Austin night sky. Touring on their newest album, The Book Of Bad Decisions, the band jammed through songs like Gimme The Keys, In Walks Barbarella, Vision Quest, and singer Neil Fallon’s Presidential Bid, How To Shake Hands (a strong case for a 3rd party, I suppose). Clutch also played through classic hits like Electric Worry and Ghoul Wrangler, but oddly didn’t play up or bring any special attention to the autobiographical A Quick Death In Texas. You would have thought that was all T’d up for them. Still, at the end of the night the band rocked the house one last time with the encore of DC Sound Attack, a fitting end to a unique evening of groovy music.