Clutch is an American rock band from Fredrick, Maryland, who is out promoting their new release called Book of Bad Decisions, stopped by Portland, Oregon October 9th to play some hard rocking music to a sold-out show of just under 1,000 people in attendance at the Roseland Theater.
Once the doors opened to the venue, and the crowd began to file in slowly, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, a rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, were first to take the stage. They were energetic, and Tyler Bryant bounced around the stage while playing guitar and singing to the fans in front of the stage and to the ones up in the balcony, that was already beginning to fill up fast. They played songs like, "Weak &Weepin'," "House On Fire," "Don't Mind The Blood," and they finished their set with "Lipstick Wonder Woman," Once the stage hands began to tear things down, the crowd was really hungry for the next band.
Up next up were the hard-rock metal band, Sevendust, all the way from Atlanta, Georgia, who is fronted by Lajon Weatherspoon who has a soulful but heavy voice, and has no problem getting the crowd pumped up wanting even more. They wasted no time, and went straight for the crowd’s jugular and opened with their latest ferocious song, "Dirty." Sevendust were fan favorites. They played eight songs, and closed their set with the song, "Thank You," and you could tell the crowd had a good time, and they thanked Sevendust in return with thundering cheers and claps as they exited the stage after a few guitar picks and drumsticks were thrown out to a couple lucky kids in the front row.
Clutch has been playing music since 1991, and are made up with Neil Fallon on vocals, guitar, Tim Sult on guitar, Dan Maines on bass, and rounding it out on drums, Jean-Paul Gaster. Supporting their 12th studio album, Book of Bad Decisions, it was just recently released September 7th, 2018 on their own Weathermaker Music label.
Clutch were next, and their fans were ready and ancious for the show to begin. Once the stage was ready, and the house lights went dark, the four members of Clutch began to walk out onto the stage. The stage lights came back on and they belted right into playing the song "The Dragonfly" from their 1998 Elephant Riders release. The sold-out crowd cheered and roared with life with fists pounding in the air as Clutch continued to play into the evening. Neil wandered the stage belting out words and even the crowd sang along, especially during the second song, "El Hefe." The crowd screamed along to the chorus, 'They call me El Jefe, El primo de los matadors, The master of the metaphor, A chaw chewin' troubadour, The one you've come to love and adore, And I've come to take you away.'
Clutch played quite a few songs off their new release, playing "Ghoul Wrangler," "How To Shake Hands," "In Walks Barbarella," among a few others, along with also salting in some of their older material like "A Shogun Named Marcus," "Earth Rocker," and "The Regulator." It was an awesome setlist that was compiled with 17 songs, but it was too bad they could have included their classics like "Escape From Prison Planet," "Animal Farm," or even "Spacegrass," from their second self-titled release. Either way, the music was good, and the music was loud.
Usually, the weather is terrible in October in Oregon, but on this particular day in Portland, the temperature was just right, and the music was just right. You couldn’t ask for anything more. Once they finished their last song "A Shogun Named Marcus," Neil and the boys exited the stage to a still screaming crowd still wanting more, and in no way were they ready to leave just yet. After a couple of minutes, the lights came back on, all of them came back out and closed out the remainder of the show with an encore, playing "Electric Worry," and "X-Ray Visions."
Even though Fredrick, Maryland is 2,758 miles away, Neil, Tim, Dan, and Jean-Paul are welcome back anytime to Portland, Oregon. Let’s hope it’s not too long of a wait.