Words: James Frostick
Buffeted by a forceful gale, Melbourne trio CLAMM’s latest track ‘Dog’ is undoubtedly a pummelling hard-rock clanger. As potent their high-speed noise is, CLAMM is also attuned to a higher wavelength, proving that there’s always more to the music than what first hits the ears.
I’ll admit that I was largely unaware of CLAMM before being contacted about a possible premiere. I try to remain loosely cognisant of most active groups, sure, but it is always a pleasant surprise when a recommendation blitzes preconceptions. Melbourne’s CLAMM took me by surprise. What we have with CLAMM is some pure, unbridled oomph – that kind of hard-rocking’ music that kicks the heart into a higher gear, and releases adrenaline like that supercharged gas valve in The Fast and the Furious. It got me revved up, no doubts about it. The three-piece have a hot new number on their hands that perfectly exemplifies the groups hard-hittin’ musical nous and also showcases a bit of conceptual substance beneath the cacophony.
I know you get me now when I say that CLAMM’s got some vigour. The track alludes to a higher power, that being the big G.O.D., and seems to touch on the notion of being caged by religion somewhat. I catch fuzzed-out utterances about forbidden fruit, the garden (of Eden, perhaps?) and fear in the air, it seems as if the all-encompassing presence of God is a smothering force. Are we still being punished for sins of our past? The above clip by Oscar O’shea literally features the boys trapped in cages. Perhaps this is just a coincidental and convenient use of available props, but I’m wired to draw parallels. Regardless of whether or not my ‘analysis’ is correct, the song is a belter, and I’m very glad CLAMM has been brought to my attention.