Opening act for King Tuff, at Globe Hall. (Upcoming tourdates at the band’s Facebook page.)
BY TIM HINELY
I’ll have to admit I didn’t know jack about Cut Worms until like a week before the gig but I listened and liked what I’d heard. On this tour they were opening for King Tuff (who I didn’t feel like staying for but the gig was sold out on this Tuesday night).
Also, I swear one of these nights I’m gonna show up to Globe Hall early and get some of their BBQ that many folks have raved about. I usually show up late, catch the gig and leave, but next gig there I’ll come back with a full food report. Promise.
Cut Worms (ok, admittedly not the best band name ever, but apparently from a William Blake poem) was already one stage when I sauntered in At 8:55 PM (they went on at 8:45 PM) and main guy Max Clarke ( a NYC guy via Chicago) he had a full band including bass/drums and a keyboard player. You’ll read lots of reviews comparing him to the Everly Bros and Buddy Holly and those aren’t totally wrong, but it’s even more whimsical than that (with dashes of folk and country, too).
From his recently released debut full-length, Hollow Ground (on the Jagjaguwar label) he played cuts like “How It Can Be,” “Coward’s Confidence,” “Cash For Gold” and “Till Tomorrow Goes Away.” Also, from the Alien Sunset EP (from 2017, also on Jagjaguwar) they played “Song of the Highest Tower” and ended the (short) set with a cut from that EP, “Don’t Want to Say Good-bye.”
I don’t think there’s any tongue-in-cheek irony with this guy, I think Clarke genuinely is a throwback to a different era where you threw your coat over puddles for women and a pack of cigarettes were in the back pocket (not a cell phone). Come on people, get with the progam, Cut Worms already have!