Kickstand Productions Presents
The Sword, American Sharks
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Similar to: Faith No More, Led Zeppelin, Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath
Clutch combined elements of funk, Led Zeppelin, and metal with vocals inspired by Faith No More. Formed in 1991 in Germantown, MD, the group included Neil Fallon (vocals), Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines (bass), and Jean-Paul Gaster (drums). They built a local following through constant gigging, and after just one 7” single, Clutch was signed by EastWest Records. Their debut LP, Transnational Speedway League, followed in 1993. They jumped to the larger Columbia label for 1998’s Elephant Riders. Then Pure Rock Fury appeared in 2001, and the similarly uncompromising Blast Tryant came three years later as their first for DRT Records. Their seventh full-length, Robot Hive/Exodus, followed in 2005 and featured the first lineup change since the early 90’s, the addition of organist Mick Shauer. In the fall of 2006, the band hit the studio with producer Joe Barresi to record their next album; the resulting From Beale Street to Oblivion. The band followed up in 2009 with Strange Cousins from the West, before delivering their tenth album, Earth Rocker, in 2013. Earth Rocker is a solid, straight-up rock and roll album and, “It might be the best Clutch album that has ever existed,” says guitarist Tim Suit.
Similar to: Truckfighters, Red Fang, Tomahawk
The Sword are a retro-metal four-piece hailing from the singer/songwriter oasis of Austin, Texas. First conceived in 2003, the Sword really hit their stride about a year later, when founding vocalist and guitarist J.D. Cronise joined forces with guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie, and drummer Trivett Wingo, and made a much raved-over appearance at Austin’s famed SXSW festival. National touring stints with everyone from Clutch to indie rock darlings …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead followed, and by mid-2005 the Sword had been picked up by New York based indie label Kemado Records, with their much anticipated debut album, Age of Winters, appearing early the next year. Gods of the Earth arrived in spring 2008. Changing their muse from fantasy science fiction, the Sword released Warp Riders in 2010, a concept album featuring an original narrative written by the band. In 2012 they came back from their sci-fi journey with their fourth full-length, Apocryphon, which blended the fantasy elements of their earlier work with more a more far-out, metaphysical vibe.
"American Sharks: Hell-for-leather punkish hard rock like the Supersuckers and New Bomb Turks used to make. Add a healthy dose of Memphis/Detroit garage R&B, and assorted nods to Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and the Misfits."
- Chris Gray, Houston Press
$23.50 - $26.00