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Bands to Watch #266: Clang Boom Steam

By on Tuesday, 16th July 2013 at 12:00 pm

With enough sleaze to bankroll a grotty Camden strip club and the kind of groove that would have got you a cult following in the ‘70s, Clang Boom Steam are rolling a brilliant train of sludge onto the scene. We’ve got phallic metaphors throughout and a voice that could be a carbon copy of the legendary Richard Hawley on his most recent record.

Together then, this makes up Liverpool-based Irish band Clang Boom Steam, a group who have cobbled together some seriously sexy sounds. Songs like ‘Weird Bint’ (awful name) morph from groovy slow burners, with the pace of Adebayo Akinfewa on a slow day, into massive all-encompassing rock belters, with manic drumming and some silky slick bass lines. Then you’ve got ‘Dirty Lines’, drawing influences from bluegrass and injecting some desert swagger. It’s not got Homme levels of swag, as they’re let down by the fact they’re from Liverpool and not Austin, Texas.

Hometowns aside, Clang Boom Steam have a got an exciting sound, that they have definitely made their own. The Queens of the Stone Age influence is prevalent, but not overawing, and it shows that their debut release id definitively their own release and not a collaboration of re-hashed ideas. They’re a more refined version of The Computers in many ways, with tighter songs and writing, combined with the ability to produce a killer riff in the space of around 2 minutes.

Give them a go if you’re a soul fan, a rock fan, or are just need something to filthy up your life and make everything a little darker.

Clang Boom Steam’s self-titled debut album will be out on the 22nd of July. Stream song ‘Weird Bint’ below.


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