A couple of years ago, (Jesus has it been that long already?) I used to make a joke about Dave Grohl. Every time a Foo Fighters song would come on I would say to whoever would listen or just into the ether “What the fuck is Dave Grohl so pissed off about?” Sometimes people would laugh, other times they would just look at me and their faces would say “shut up.” But I was confused because here was a guy with nothing to prove and in no need of money so far as I saw it screaming like a passed out alcoholic bum on the train in the midst of night terrors.
But moving on I got reminded of this dormant torment after I heard the first shrills coming from the opening lines of “Six Feet Down” by the nitty gritty Nashville rockers The Clover Club, the opening track of their six-song debut Straight Flush Hustle. Specifically the lines “I may not have a job but I got my rock n’ roll band.”
So then I’m thinking well yeah maybe a lot of Grohl’s angst stemmed from the fact that he maybe just got fired from a job after Cobain fired a gun into his mouth, thus ending Nirvana. But to get more direct the influence cast by Nirvana’s dirty fuck-all nastiness of thrashing guitars and lyrics that lead one to see enlightenment as a total joke. The gritty ’90s blues rocker “Roll the Bones” only helps to enforce this sentiment.
Next comes the mellow turned tough spanking of “Lonely Backroad” which combines a blues and metal to make a pretty tasty fuck you sandwich of anger. Then comes the latter day Metallica cut with some sort of late ‘90s rock on the angst-driven “A Fair Game Never Played.” Clover Club close it out with a funk laden blues radio rocker “Built For Sin” where they take it over the top and in a good way. I mean it’s chintzy in a sense but also, if you’ve been drinking, pretty great. The solo, if you’re sauced, will have you dropping to your knees in a fit of air guitar and channeling your best Chris Cornell et al.
I kept having to turn down the volume on Straight Flush Hustle because it was late and early in the day when I listened and I hate moving and didn’t want my neighbors to get me kicked out of my apartment. If you’re stupid and don’t understand my analogy Straight Flush Hustle is loud. And it should be.
Revenge, as they say is a dish best served cold and I think Straight Flush Hustle is an album best served live. Not that the electronic version was lacking but I have an affinity for bands that sound like they need to let it all out. The Doors were like that too. I wasn’t born then but I can imagine what it must have been like. Some people are just born for the stage. The Clover Club are just one such band.
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