ALBUM OF WEEK 7: STRANGE COUSINS FROM THE WEST

strange cousins from the west

Clutch have been there all the time and I never paid any attention. In fact when I was aware hewhocannotbenamed is a huge fan, I tried to avoid them on purpose, so I wouldn’t have another thing in common. However, eventually I had to leave my prejudice aside because I know some people whose musical taste I trust, and they reckon Clutch is one of the hottest rock metal bands.

Would that be the appropriate label to define them? Not very sure, even though it’s true they combine lots of metal, rock and stoner features to create their own sound.

Clutch aren’t new, their career has been constant and stable for more than 20 years delivering both studio and live albums and some Eps. Now it’s time I dive into them and see if the guys from Germantown are as good as everybody says. At this point, I’ve listened to several of their and the outcome is very positive. Not just positive, actually I can’t stop listening to them. Moreover, I’ve already pre-ordered their last release due March 19th, Earth Rocker. I’ve listened to the same titled single and wow! It’s a very appealing teaser of what’s coming. Can’t wait! It’s got an added interest as it will be their first release I’ll be able to share with other fans, you know, first impressions in forums, all this excitement of something knew coming out, and the band visiting Spain in June….Perfect timing to become a fan!

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I’ve been listening to Strange Cousins from the West these past weeks nonstop. It’s got the groove. Rhythm is so perfectly marked by drums and riffs, songs end up being very catchy. Pattern is easy listening and production is so neat you can identify all parts and instruments very easily.

Fallon’s voice is strong and powerful, very attractive. It makes me think of Corrosion of Conformity’s former lead singer Pepper Keenan, even though Clutch’s is more melodic. By the way, I love this song in Spanish “Algo ha cambiado”. It’s way too cool!

Nevertheless, who’s caught my attention in first place is the drummer. Jean-Paul Gaster. Most of you know I dig drums, and once I’ve listened to the whole stuff I go on focusing on each part of the band. In Clutch’s case it’s true they way this album is produced is very easy to analyze the work of the different members of the band and their instruments. And damn, they’re all amazing. But it’s the drummer who marks the outstanding difference from the rest. This guy is awesome. I hadn’t listened to such great quality drummer in very long time, his technique is amazing, and his style is impressive. A great beat marker, not abusing of cymbals, the typical drummer you don’t notice until you start paying attention and you end up flipping for so many tiny arrangements he’s constantly adding. One of these natural born drummers.

After so many albums Clutch have their own sound and their own quality stamp, however I can’t stop thinking of earlier Monster Magnet, being Clutch less progressive and trippy and more straightforward, but having something special in common.

I’m glad about still discovering bands with such energy and rage able to hook me up in the same way as 15 years ago. Now I wonder what if I had discovered Cluth in the 1990’s..Insane!

Hopefully at the end of March Earth Rocker will be commented here. Stay tuned!

4 responses to “ALBUM OF WEEK 7: STRANGE COUSINS FROM THE WEST

  1. Thank you, you just made me buy a couple of Clutch cd’s… It’s funny but having heard their name for a long time, just like yourself, I never got around to get their music, until now… :-p

  2. VibraC. from Riff

    Their ’95 self titled album is THE LAW. The earlier hardcore stuff rules too.

    Hi Jotera.

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