Share DEEP IN THE HEART OF NOWHERE! (LIVE IN TEXAS 1995) - Clawhammer (Munster Records/Fuse)
When a free cd arrives for me in the mail, I try not to look too hard at the cover initially. That comes later, after I've got the hang of what the music's like. If you've not heard Clawhammer, regrettably you are not alone. Also, as the band are no more, apparently we're never going to see them live. Which, if you snaffle this, is a pity, 'cause it sounds like they're an outfit who get on with things in no uncertain terms. A take-no-prisoners kinda deal reminiscent of the Chrome Cranks or so.

Although there were a few things I found initially irritating (mostly the singer's too-frequent yips), but let it pass. After all, your reviewer was a fan of Die Dancing Bears, and hardly anyone enjoyed the late Lynton Cox's vocals. On the other hand: lead singers, eh? I mean, what's with them? The point is that DDB were a cracking live band for the period and place, and on progressive gigs it became easier to appreciate the singer's, um, vocal eccentricity and after all, the band were so powerful.

And that, folks, is who Clawhammer remind me of. They shouldn't, of course, 'cause they open with a rippling Beefheart number and almost close with a Devo classic (and the CD cover is very devolutionary). No, this is a burst of rock at the top of its form; creative, largely unselfconscious and intent on delivering to the point you have to turn the volume again and again because of the neighbours.

If you're still undecided, put it this way; if you heard this on the radio and the band were playing that night, you'd put the kids in the freezer or with the scowly sitter, gather your hoodlum mates together and head swiftly out the door to check 'em out. Also, if you married a rock chick she'd be first to stuff the ruggies in the freezer.

"Deep in the Heart of Nowhere!" is an excellent example of starting from influences and carving out a unique niche in the collective unconscious of dirty, stupid youth in every nowhere town.

Your kinda music. - Robert Brokenmouth


Three to four bottles, depending on whether you took the brown acid or not.

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