One of the music world’s best kept secrets is finally getting its due. Germantown, Maryland’s Clutch has long been one of the most overlooked live bands, and while they have maintained a steady following and devoted fan-base with intense live shows, too many fans have yet to discover the pure, raging, blues-metal ferocity that is Clutch live.
With the release of the band’s first ever live DVD, Full Fathom Five, that may finally change. The uninitiated get a chance to see the power of Clutch honed over the last 20 years, during which the band has straddled that oh-so-thin line between its metal-edged early years, long-inhabited punk fury, and current blues-metal stomp.
Full Fathom Five is a stunning document of a band at the top of its live powers. Filmed on its recent 2007/08 world tour, the DVD highlights stops in Boulder, CO; Sayreville, NJ; Pittsburgh, PA; and Melbourne, Australia (though, surprisingly, none from the band’s home-away-from-home – the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.). The songs are organized by city so as not to break up the flow of the set and to provide a better feel for what makes Clutch special in a live setting. There is a companion live album to Full Fathom Five (which features considerably fewer tracks than the DVD) that serves as a great live audio release, but this is a band that needs to be seen, not just heard.
Full Fathom Five – Video Field Recordings 2007-08 is out now on Weathermaker Music.