Entries tagged with: Clutch
While you may not think a festival curated by Slipknot is a thing you wanted to attend, the lineup is actually pretty awesome for their annual Knotfest this year. They've got cool stuff like Judas Priest, Mastodon, GWAR, Corrosion of Confirmity, Clutch, Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah, At the Gates, Suicidal Tendencies, Body Count, Cannibal Corpse, Helmet, Red Fang, The Sword, Goatwhore, Kataklysm, Dying Fetus, Inquisition, Abysmal Dawn and more. Early bird, VIP, and camping passes go on sale today (6/29) via the festival's website.
The fest happens October 24-25 at at the San Manuel Amphitheatre and festival grounds in San Bernardino, CA. Full day-by-day lineup below...
New Orleans music festival Voodoo Music Experience returns this year Halloween weekend from October 30 - November 1. The lineup includes Ozzy Osbourne ft. Geezer Butler, Tom Morello & Slash, Jane's Addiction, Modest Mouse, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, Florence + the Machine, Babes In Toyland, Jack U (aka Diplo & Skrillex), Gerard Way, Joey Bada$$ & the Soul Rebels, Clutch, The Cult, Fishbone, Title Fight, Duke Dumont, Santigold, Frank Turner, Girl Talk, Hundred Waters, Deadmau5, Third Eye Blind and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Stoner rockers Big Business are opening a string of dates on the Mastodon / Clutch tour this spring, and they've since added a headlining run to go down before that. Those dates include a NYC show happening April 9 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Big Business aren't on the Mastodon/Clutch show in Central Park. Instead it's Graveyard, and tickets are still on sale.
List of dates and a live video, below...
Tickets for the Mastodon / Clutch / Graveyard show at Central Park Summerstage on May 19 go on Invisible Oranges/BrooklynVegan presale at noon today (1/22). Get yours using the PASSWORD: clutchoranges.
If you miss out on getting tickets, the general on-sale starts at noon on Friday (1/23). More tour dates HERE.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
photo: Mastodon in Austin in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Two bands that toe the line between hard rock and metal, Mastodon and Clutch, will be heading out on a co-headlining tour this spring, and fellow riff-bringers Graveyard and Big Business will be on board as openers on select dates. The tour will continue to support Mastodon's 2014 album Once More 'Round the Sun and Clutch's 2013 LP Earth Rocker, and a press release notes that "fans can expect surprises" from these two bands who have collaborated on stage before.
The tour hits NYC on May 19 at Central Park Summerstage with Mastodon closing the night and Graveyard opening. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/23) with an Invisible Oranges/BrooklynVegan pre-sale starting at noon on Thursday (1/22). Check back here Thursday morning for the password (note: the presale was originally starting Wednesday, but got pushed back a day).
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
All dates are listed below...
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
As discussed, poppy sludgesters Torche have a new LP on the way and that's now been officially announced. It's called Restarter and will be out on February 24 via Relapse, their first LP for the label. That's the album artwork above.
Torche are also teaming up with fellow riffers Clutch for a winter/holidays tour that hits the NYC-area just before New Year's Eve at NJ's Starland Ballroom on December 29 (like Clutch did last year). Lionize are on those dates too. Tickets for the NJ show are on sale. All dates, including NYE in Clutch's hometown-area of DC, are listed below.
photos by James Richards IV, words by Zach Pollack
Jane's Addiction / GWAR fans / Title Fight
Riot Fest Chicago is currently underway at Chicago's beautiful Humboldt Park. It kicked off on Friday (9/12) and that first day was plagued by light to heavy rains that pretty much continued from doors until the headliners. But the weather didn't seem to slow down the bands or the audience much at all, and it was an opening day with something for everyone. On the heavier end, there was American thrash kings Slayer performing Reign In Blood in its entirety, resilient interplanetary scumdogs Gwar, and Mastodon; classic punks Stiff Little Fingers and ALL; alternative rock flag bearers Jane's Addiction; anthemic and melodic punks The Offspring (performing Smash), Gogol Bordello, The Hotelier, Pity Sex, and Title Fight; the excellent Pussy Riot -- Discussion Panel; and much more packed in there.
We began day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago by catching Boston-based melodic punks Somos at the Revolt Stage -- one of the festival's two smaller setups. The four-piece drew a decent crowd with their punchy output, including the especially catchy "Dead Wrong" and "Lives of Others" from their 2014 debut Temple of Plenty. Title Fight were up next, over at the larger Roots Stage. The Pennsylvania-based road dogs impressed with tunes from their debut LP, huge-sounding 2012 album Floral Green, and their many EPs. They got the crowd moving with the Hot Water Music-like "Secret Society," and kept the momentum up throughout their set, which closed with the thrashy "27." After the combination attack opening of "Numb, But I Still Feel It," "Shed," and "Like a Ritual," the band brought things down a bit with the great Floral Green shoegaze number "Head in the Ceiling Fan."
GWAR have a hell of a lot to be proud of, and not just the troves of blood-caked fans who were easy to spot throughout the park for the remainder of the day. The Oderus-less (RIP) outfit are indeed back in fine form, with a thrilling new stage show in Dave Brockie's honor. The interplanetary warriors delivered seven-songs (or acts) throughout their set, each coming from a different album. Bloody Pit of Horror's "Hail, Genocide!" was the absolute highlight, with blood baths both by way of a rotating circular saw and vocalist Blothar (aka Michael Bishop, formerly Beefcake the Mighty)'s chest. Yummy.
Taking things down a notch from GWAR were Worcester, MA's The Hotelier, who we caught next on the Revolt Stage. Christian Holden and his band gave 110% while delivering nearly all of their anthemic second album Home, Like Noplace Is There. The packed crowd braced along with Holden and co. for the multiple cathartic full-band crashes, as well as the din of the album's more subdued and vocal-only moments. After a few tunes, Holden seemed as if he couldn't help but to share that this was the largest crowd that had ever paid attention to the band at once. He also had his bass turned waaaay up, which cranked up the intensity for punchy numbers like "The Scope of All of This Rebuilding" and "In Framing."
We then headed over to the one-day Riot Fest Speaks stage to watch a bit of the Pussy Riot Discussion Panel go down. The Henry Rollins-moderated panel consisted of Pussy Riot/Zona Prava members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina, with guests Greg Graffin (Bad Religion), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Marcelle Karp (writer/activist), and Michael A. Petryshyn (Riot Fest Founder - aka Riot Mike). As we approached, Rollins and Karp were in the middle of a back-and-forth about feminist journalism in relation to the now six-month-old Zona Prava. Karp spoke of writing provocative messages on her and friends' bare chests, and Rollins brought up the old flyers he made while in Black Flag (ie "cop with a boner handing a child a lollipop with Black Flag scrawled across the top of the page"). It was an insightful discussion. Hopefully they bring the Riot Fest Speaks stage back in years to come.
Mastodon was the next mark we hit, over at the Rebel Stage. Touring on this year's classic rock-ish Once More 'Round the Sun, the band delivered a few tunes from that album -- including the fun single "High Road" -- some from The Hunter, as well as a bunch of their older meatier tunes. We got "Aqua Dementia" and "Hearts Alive" off Leviathan, "Bladecatcher" and "Crystal Skull" from Blood Mountain, and Crack the Skye favorites "Divinations" and "Oblivion." They were as tight as ever.
We capped off the night by catching alternative rock giants Jane's Addiction, who were performing their 1988 debut studio effort Nothing's Shocking in its entirety. Pit against American thrash gods Slayer playing Reign In Blood at the other side of the park, Perry Farrell and co. went for a much flashier approach while delivering the attitude-packed hits like "Jane Says," "Mountain Song," and "Ocean Size." It was nice to finish off the night with a feel-good set of songs.
Day 2 pics and review are HERE. Day 3 HERE. Pictures of all the day 1 bands mentioned above, plus a few others like Clutch, NOFX (they performed Punk In Drublic) and Radkey, are in this post. They continue below...
Riot Fest Chicago 2014 is set to take place from September 12-14 throughout Humboldt Park. The 10th anniversary of the festival features Jane's Addiction, Slayer, The Offspring, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Mastodon, The Murder City Devils, Failure, Title Fight, The National, The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, The Cure, Weezer, Social Distortion, Primus, Patti Smith, and many more across seven-stages. The fest has now shared daily lineups, which you can scope out at the bottom of this post. Three-day and two-day passes are still available, and single-day tickets are on sale now.
RFC 2014 daily lineups lie after the jump...
by Ian Chainey
Clutch in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Following a month of shows in Europe, rollicking stoner rockers Clutch will return to the States for two different tours. The first covers four dates at the end of July. The second is more expansive, taking up most of September, and sees the group hitting many of the year's bigger fests, including all three Riot Fest locations (Chicago, Denver, and Toronto) and The Shindig Music Festival in Baltimore, Maryland.
While the tour doesn't land in New York City, shows in the July round include July 24 at the Westcott Theater in Syracuse (tickets). For the second leg, Clutch hits Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park on September 6 (tickets) and the Paramount in Huntington on September 25 (tickets).
There's also a bevy of Clutch-related merch on the way. On June 24, Clutch is releasing the deluxe version of their last album Earth Rocker. Plus, there's a collector's edition of 2005's Robot Hive/Exodus coming on June 10. The album has been remastered for a double LP. Both heavy sets, literally and figuratively, are available for preorder.
All dates are listed, with a Clutch live video, below...
Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.
Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...
Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.
As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.
Full initial Toronto lineup below...
Stoner rock vets Clutch released their newest album, Earth Rocker, last year, and on June 10 they're giving it a triple deluxe reissue via Weathermaker Music. The new version includes the full album plus new songs "Night Hag" and "Scavengers," an "Earth Rocker Live" CD of the album being performed live, and a "Live In Denver" DVD of the band's 11/14/13 show at Ogden Theatre. We're premiering a clip of the band playing Earth Rocker track "D.C. Sound Attack!" from the DVD in this post.
The album can be pre-ordered here. Watch DC-area band frontman Neil Fallon perform "D.C. Sound Attack!" in a D.C. 9:30 Club shirt below...
By Doug Moore
Deep Swell is a side project-y collaboration between Clutch guitarist Tim Sult and The Woodshedders drummer Jesse Schultzaberger. Unsurprisingly, the band play smoky throwback rock with touches of funk and psychedelica; they've also got a charismatic singer in Briena Pearl. Their debut album, Lore of the Angler, is on sale now.
Clutch's current tour with The Sword is skipping NYC (though you can catch it in Port Chester on 1/11), but Deep Swell may fill the void in your soul with their NYC appearance at Saint Vitus on February 9. The supporting lineup hasn't been announced yet, but tickets are on sale. They're also playing in their hometown of Shepherdstown, WV, on 2/7.
Stream some Deep Swell tunes and check out both bands' upcoming dates below.
by Doug Moore
The Sword at SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Linder)
Space-inclined stoner jammers The Sword just tour, tour, tour. They're currently out and about with Clutch (again); their tour will hit The Capital Theater in Port Chester, NY this Saturday (1/11) (tix here).
After all of three weeks off, The Sword are heading out for another month-plus North American jaunt, this time with awesome Melvins collaborators / genuinely weird heavy rock act Big Business, as well as O'Brother. That tour will hit Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 23. Tickets for that show go on sale this Friday (1/10) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (1/8) at noon.
All dates are listed below...
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
by Doug Moore
Austin stoner rockers American Sharks are in two-steps-forward / one-step-back mode. The band was slated to open for Godflesh this coming Saturday, but as we've mentioned a couple of times over the past week, Godflesh have postponed their tour until April. (But government shutdown that purportedly led to the postponement is over now, so that's good, right?)
On the bright side for American Sharks, they're playing tonight's Cake Shop CMJ showcase with Joanna Gruesome, Weird Womb, Dirty Fences, Nancy, and Tweens. They're also playing at Union Pool on 10/22, presumably to make up for the canceled 10/19 Godflesh date. Dirty Fences and Nancy will also be on that bill, along with Hector's Pets. American Sharks are also hitting the road with Clutch and The Sword in November, and they've got a music video for "Overdrive" that pays pitch-perfect tribute to the cult classic Repo Man. I guess that's more like four steps forward and one step back.
Check out the "Overdrive" video and their upcoming dates with Clutch and the Sword below...
Clutch in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Dear friends, this week I've learned that a childhood injury to the neck, a genetic predisposition for spinal disease, and 20 some years of head banging will exact a toll. I've been diagnosed with an ugly case of cervical spinal stenosis and two herniated discs.Those dates include the Port Chester show that would've happened at Capitol Theatre on 9/26 which is now rescheduled for January 11 with The Sword and Crobot (tickets) and the Long Island show that would've happened at The Paramount on 9/27 (not rescheduled at the moment).
In some instances these conditions can be treated non-surgically. This is not the case for me. I have been advised by several neurosurgeons that my spinal cord has already been damaged and that I risk further damage were I not to address the situation. For this reason, I've decided to take care of this ASAP. Believe me, re scheduling a tour turns my stomach, but I believe this is the wisest choice given the prognosis.
On Tuesday I will undergo surgery. The procedure will fuse three vertebrae together with a small titanium plate. I have faith that this surgery will go as well as it can, and that I will be back in the saddle for our October-November tour. On behalf of my spine, deepest apologies to those who had been looking forward to seeing CLUTCH over the next two weeks. We'll make it up to you.
Health and Happiness,
The band's second leg of dates, which kick off in late October, are still happening as planned though. Those shows include a previously discussed NJ show happening at Starland Ballroom on December 27 (tickets), and they've also added a Brooklyn show happening on New Year's Eve (12/31) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Starland and MHOW shows will both be opened by reunited post-hardcore vets Into Another. Starland also includes Empire Escorts and Mike Dillon Band, and MHOW also includes Lionize. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/18) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with a video, below...
The Sword at SXSW 2013 (more by Sara Linder)
Apocryphon was released last fall, and ever since then The Sword have kept moving. The Austin quartet will spend a month on the road this summer, kicking off a string of North American dates in their native Texas and heading westward with Castle and American Sharks. Dates include both coasts, a hefty chunk of Canada, and very little to no love for the Midwest. Look for the tour to hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 18, tickets go on AmEx presale at noon and regular sale on Friday (6/14) at noon.
After the summer dates, look for The Sword to hit the road with Clutch. All tour dates and some video is below.
crowd at Starland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As discussed, NJ venue Starland Ballroom is reopening this year after damages from Hurricane Sandy forced them to close. When we last posted, it had been announced that "something" would happen on June 4 (aka today), and it turns out that that "something" is the announcement of the venue's initial schedule for this September - December. Shows announced include Two Door Cinema Club (10/9), Clutch (12/28), and more.
Full current schedule below...
by Fred Pessaro
Earth rockers Clutch not too long ago played a massive set of dates on our shores, and will head to the UK and Europe this summer. On returning, the band will kick off another big set of dates; look for Clutch and The Sword to play The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on Sepetember 26 (tickets go on sale Friday (6/7) at noon), The Paramount in Huntington, NY on September 27 (tickets on sale Friday at 10AM), and probably most excitingly, Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on December 28 which is finally reopening after Hurricane Sandy walloped it last year (ticketing info forthcoming).
Another date in particular will see Clutch play alongside Dropkick Murphys, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Gaslight Anthem, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Hold Steady, Larry and His Flask and more as part of the Shindig Festival in Baltimore's Carroll Park on September 14. More details and ticketing information is available via the fest.
All other dates are listed, along with a Clutch song stream, below.
Shout Out Louds at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Los Vega @ Barbes
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* The Thermals @ Ace Hotel
* Ester Rada @ Slipper Room
* Greys, Shahman @ Cake Shop
* Tony Scherr Trio @ Living Room
* Shellshag, Pity Party @ Acheron
* Deep Space w/ Francois K @ Cielo
* The Campilongo Trio @ Living Room
* Frank London's Shekhina Big Band @ The Stone
* Kria Brekkan, Aaron Roche @ Church of the Advent Hope
* Wyatt Cenac, Yannis Pappas, Erik Bergstrom @ Littlefield
* The Electric Set, Sexy Neighbors, Trepanning @ Silent Barn
* Bernhoft, Baby Alpaca (Duo Set), Cameron Hull @ Glasslands
* Shout Out Louds, Little Children @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Lily & The Parlour Tricks, Alice & the Glass Lake @ Mercury Lounge
* Child Abuse, Pyrrhon, Say At Last, Valerie Keuhne @ Death By Audio
* Kestrels, Adult Dude, Graveyard Lovers, Sweethearts @ Public Assembly
* Hannibal Buress, Taylor Ketchum, Kate Hendricks, Michael Che, Mike Denny, Nimesh Patel @ Matchless
Kria Brekkan (of Iceland's Mum) plays tonight at Church of the Advent Hope (111 E. 87th St). It's free.
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Hip hop producer Hit-Boy ("Niggas in Paris," "Clique," "Backseat Freestyle," "Goldie") is releasing a compilation, All I've Ever Dreamed Of, this week (3/12) and he just revealed a track from it, "Cypher," which features a zillion rappers (Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies, Xzibit, Rick Ross, Method Man, Red Man, Raekown, and more). Check it out below.
As I stated previously, Clutch gets some of their heavier mojo back on their new burner "Earth Rocker." The Maryland stoner crew will take some of that riffy goodwill on the road with them as part of a full assault attack on North America and Europe that will last them well into July. US dates kick off as soon as next week, and include a stop in NYC at Terminal 5 on May 2 as part of a string of dates with The Sword and Lionize. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wednesday (2/27) with regular sale hitting on Friday (3/1) at noon.
Clutch will release their new album, Earth Rocker, on March 19. All tour dates are listed, alongside a stream of the album's title track, below.
Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Tim of Clutch at Emo's East, December 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
One of my first ever live shows (not including arena jams with mom and pop) was seeing Clutch at the original 9:30 Club in DC. I remember it vividly, vocalist Neil Fallon strutted on stage and sang like he was reading from a bible, ripping out page by page and throwing it into the crowd. Along with the thundering groove-oriented instrumentation, that left quite an impression on my young mind (early teens at the time), as did Transnational Speedway League's mix of hardcore and stoner metal. The early days of Clutch, the always bountiful DC hardcore scene, and another little semi-local band from the area, The Obsessed, helped form my early tastes.
It's hard to believe that show was close to twenty years ago and that Clutch is approaching a quarter-century as a band. Older is wiser in my book though, and the Maryland stoner/hard rock crew are back with Earth Rocker, their tenth LP due on March 19 via their own Weathermaker Music imprint. The LP is definitely a departure from their last few efforts, which climbed further down the blues rabbit hole, and a return to the band that penned riff-y rockers like the ones found on their self-titled, The Elephant Riders and Pure Rock Fury. We've got the premiere of the new album's title track which you can stream below.
With the band's new LP on deck and more than two decades behind him, I cornered Clutch guitarist Tim Sult to ask him a few questions about the release and their history. You can read that below.