With Sons of Icarus and General
@ Kentish Town Forum
11th July 2013
Review by Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Michelle Murphy
Listening to the feel good, slick sounds of clutch without a beer in hand and relaxing sunshine is defiantly not what the crowd wanted off the cards tonight. Luckily for the Maryland four piece the weather has been glorious and the barrels have been flowing. As you entered the forum tonight a real sense of united community was seen within the crowd, as groups of families gathered by the merchandise stall and bar alike.
Without much hesitation, General [3.5/5]; a dynamic five piece from Coventry, are up first with the task of opening to a fairly empty at first Forum, however the crowd grew with the meatiness of the bands beats.
Playing a set primarily from latest release “where are your gods now” it’s clear that The band are not short of groovy/stoner tunes, instantly claiming nods of approval at the crowd filled out more.
With their Kyuss mixed with Graveyard sounding licks and lyrics, it was fully apparent, that they are the perfect crowd warmers.
Guildford’s Sons of Icarus [3/5] open with a quick firing set, sounding like a more progressive version of Coheed and Cambria and Alter bridge combined with Wolfmother.
Delivering high pitched and deep octave vocals against a sea of groovy rhythms and easy on the ears tunes.
With a set of five songs, with tracks “Make amends” and “Falling” from upcoming, soon to be released album, short but still a swish and impressive collection of tracks that set the pace for the main act of the night.
Attention was brought to the newest slice from the band, “Earth Rocker” whose artwork filled the Retina’s of the black clad crowd, as chants of commanding the mighty Clutch [4/5] on stage began.
The audio waves were filled with an acoustic sing-along, at precisely 9.30, as vocalist and dynamic front man Neil Fallon’s shirt proclaimed the mighty clutch hit the stage.
The four piece from Maryland began the set by delivering ten tracks from latest album “Earth Rocker” with tracks such as “D.C. Sound Attack!”, “Cyborg Bette”, ”Crucial Velocity” and title track “Earth Rocker”. While mixing it up with a few well known tracks from “Blast Tyrant”.
As the encore’s demand began, the mob, prepared to go wild, as the slick party tune from “Blast Tyrant” filled the airwaves to rows of arms around the shoulder crowd members fit to burst into a sing-along with new and old friends alike in the pit.
The gig tonight has been one that’s been in every stoner and groove rock fans calendar since the faster that Napalm Deaths “you suffer” release of tickets.
The wait has been completely worth is with the delivery of chaotically random lyrics, beautiful fuzz effects, stunningly crunchy vocals all combined into one feel good rhythmic dynamic sound.
“Earth Rocker” is currently available from http://www.pro-rock.com/
1. Earth Rocker
2. Unto the Breach
3. Mr. Freedom
4. D.C. Sound Attack!
5. Book, Saddle, & Go
6. Cyborg Bette
7. Crucial Velocity
8. Burning Beard
9. The Regulator
10. Big News I
11. Pure Rock Fury
12. Subtle Hustle
13. Oh, Isabella
14. Gone Cold
15. The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…
16. The Mob Goes Wild
17. Electric Worry / One Eye Dollar