Tramlines 2017: The Clench @ Shakespeares
One of the first gigs of the fringe at Tramlines, Dan Collins finds The Clench in fine form…
Upstairs in the Bard’s Bar at Shakespeares, there was a barnstormer of an opener to 2017’s Tramlines Fringe by The Clench. And whilst it’s probably fair to say health and safety would have had a field day with the manic vibrations the band created, their brand of raucous, riff-heavy blues was almost unapologetically loud: the band was tight and genuinely different to almost anything you’ll hear on the Sheffield scene. A muddy bayou sound, they almost transformed a packed room into their own personal backwoods saloon, with particular treats being the frantic skin smash of ‘Shit Loada Trouble’ and the foot-stomping groove of ‘Ridin’. What really sets The Clench apart, however, is the individual style of singer Jose Dalton, whose unique voice took a set of good songs and made them great. Now for a lie down in a dark room!