THE CLENCH – Walking in the Devil’s Tracks
Sheffield. Land of steel, unemployment and a rich music heritage. It was also the city where I spent my Uni years so me, Sheffield and music create something of a musical Venn diagram. The Clench can go firmly in to the little bit where all three circles coincide along with the Arctic Monkeys, Richard Hawley, the Longpigs and Pulp. A word of warning though, the Clench don’t have much in common with those either Sheffield luminaries (although the tremolo guitar present on this album is also employed by Hawley and the Monkeys from time to time). You see, the Clench are ploughing a very singular and very lonely furrow but it’s definitely one worth ploughing.