The Two Great American Rock Bands

Here are the two bands that I feel best summarize where Rock has been and where it is going. While neither band is new, both are still actively releasing better and better material. Don’t mistake this as idolatry, there is always another band that will come along

Clutch: The desert-highway-philosophy machine encompasses all that is masculine. Fronted by the Socratic Neil Fallon howling and barking tomes of multi-layered prose and backed by the ultimate jam band, Clutch understands the Blues. But, Clutch channels the blues. There are no knock of Stevie Ray Vaughn licks or faux-Robert Johnson musings. Instead Clutch have continually pushed themselves to follow the muse, changing their sound as the change as people. Clutch goes deep as an ayahuasca trip without ever losing rhythm and funk. Clutch are men who play rock music.

Silk Worm/Bottomless Pit: Starting with a bang and drifting to a hum. Silkworm lacked the irony and pretense of nineties indie rock. Instead honest songs about friends, drugs, girls, death and life ruptured from the voices and instruments of Andy Cohen, Tim Midgett and Mike Dahlquist. Dahlquist died when a suicidal motorist drove into Dahlquist’s car. Tim and Andy live with one of the most genuine and heartfelt pieces of music I have ever heard.

Bottomless Pit congealed in the aftermath. Aluminum necked instruments sing together with Andy and Tim’s ever evolving lyrics and vocals. The humanity present in Bottomless Pit is breathtaking in its beauty and in its severity. Listen in.

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