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Clutch Release New Video For “Ghoul Wrangler” From ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’ Album

Clutch Release New Video For “Ghoul Wrangler” From ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’ Album

Maryland rockers Clutch have released a new video for the single “Ghoul Wrangler” from their latest album Book Of Bad Decisions.  The video was shot in the Old Bedford Village in Pennsylvania and can be viewed below!: https://youtu.be/W74TewnAxx0

Vinyl fans might remember the Ghoul Wrangler business card that was included in each 12″ jacket.  Many of those who called the number on the card left messages for the Ghoul Wrangler.  Some of these messages have been used as teasers on Clutch‘s socials in the last couple of days.  The phone line is still active.  You never know what comes next.  Call!

”JP wears pantaloons, Dan’s got horns, and Tim throws up on my face” says frontman Neil Fallon.  “I’m pretty sure we all deserve Academy Awards.”

Clutch will be starting their Winter tour next week in support of Book Of Bad Decisions.  Tickets are on sale now at this location: Linkfire –https://clutch.lnk.to/TourLink.

Support for the tour comes from Big Business from Seattle, WA and The Inspector Cluzo from Gascony, France.  A Clutch curated Spotify playlist featuring music from all three bands can be found at this location: http://tinyurl.com/y2htbm79

Book Of Bad Decisions is Clutch’s twelfth studio album debuting at #1 on several charts around the world including the US Billboard Hard Rock chart.

Book of Bad Decisions Winter Tour 2019” – Tickets available at www.pro-rock.com

Feb-19 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate
Feb-21 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
Feb-22 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
Feb-23 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Feb-24 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theater
Feb-26 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater
Feb-27 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Mar-01 – Billings, MT @ Pub Station
Mar-02 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
Mar-03 – Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
Mar-04 – Edmonton, AB @ The Ranch Roadhouse
Mar-06 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theater
Mar-08 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion Ballroom
Mar-09 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Mar-10 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
Mar-13 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Mar-14 – Green Bay, WI @ Green Bay Distillery
Mar-15 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Mar-16 – Snowshoe, WV @ Ballhooter Spring Break (* No The Inspector Cluzo/Big Business)
Mar-18 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom ( *No The Inspector Cluzo)
Mar-19 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

For more  information, check out the band’s website:
www.pro-rock.com

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Clutch Announce New Winter Dates For ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’ Tour

Clutch Announce New Winter Dates For ‘Book Of Bad Decisions’ Tour

Maryland rockers Clutch have announced the first batch of their 2019 Winter tour dates for February and March in support of their newest effort Book Of Bad Decisions.  Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, November 16th at 10:00 am.

All ticket links are available at the official Clutch Facebook facebook.com/clutchband and www.pro-rock.com.

Book Of Bad Decisions is Clutch’s twelfth studio album debuting at #1 on several charts around the world including the US Billboard Hard Rock chart.

CLUTCH’s “Book of Bad Decisions Winter Tour 2019

Tue/Feb-19 Columbia, SC @ The Senate
Thu/Feb-21 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
Fri/Feb-22 Fayetteville, AR @ Majestic
Sat/Feb-23 Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ
Sun/Feb-24 Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity
Tue/Feb-26 Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater
Wed/Feb-27 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
Fri/Mar-01 Billings, MT @ Pub Station
Sat/Mar-02 Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
Fri/Mar-08 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
Sat/Mar-09 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Sun/Mar-10 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
Wed/Mar-13 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Thu/Mar-14 Green Bay, WI @ The Distillery
Sat/Mar-16 Snowshoe, WV @ Ballhooter Spring Break @ Snowshoe Mountain
Mon/Mar-18 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Tue/Mar-19 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Tickets available at www.pro-rock.com

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

For more  information, check out the band’s website:
www.pro-rock.com

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Clutch Announces Dates For Annual “Holiday” Tour For December

Legendary rockers Clutch has announced their annual “Holiday” tour dates for December with The Messthetics, Lionize and Mike Dillon Band supporting the tour.  Radio pre sale tickets go on sale this Thursday, October 11th at 10:00am and public on sale starts Friday October 12th at 10:00am.  The “Holiday” tour starts December 27th and ends with their New Years Eve show in Cleveland on December 31st.

Jean-Paul Gaster on the package said “We are very excited to have our friends Lionize, The Mike Dillon Band and The Messthetics be a part of this year’s Clutch Holiday Run.  Each band brings something special to the bill and with so many great players in one place there’s bound to be some surprises.  Come out early and celebrate with us!”

All ticket links are available at the official Clutch Facebook facebook.com/clutchband and www.pro-rock.com.

Clutch Holiday Tour Dates:

Thu/Dec-27 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Fri/Dec-28 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sat/Dec-29 Portland, ME @ Aura
Sun/Dec-30 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Mon/Dec-31 Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium at Temple Live

CLUTCH is currently on tour until November 1st supporting “Book of Bad Decisions”.

Tickets available at www.pro-rock.com

October 09 – Portland, OR Roseland Theater
October 11 – San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
October 12 – Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater SOLD OUT
October 13 – San Bernardino, CA Glen Helen Amphitheater w/SOAD ***
October 14 – San Diego, CA North Park/Observatory
October 15 – Tempe, AZ The Marquee
October 17 – Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
October 18 – Sauget, IL Pop’s Nightclub
October 19 – Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
October 20 – Detroit, MI The Filmore Detroit
October 21 – Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
October 23 – Toronto, ON Rebel
October 25 – Worcester, MA The Palladium
October 26 – New York, NY Irving Plaza SOLD OUT
October 27 – New York, NY Irving Plaza SOLD OUT
October 28 – Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
October 30 – Raleigh, NC The Ritz
October 31  – Norfolk, VA The NorVa*
November 1 – Atlanta, GA The Masquerade *

* = no Sevendust/ TB&TSD main support
** = date w/ System of a Down/ no Sevendust/ no TB&TSD

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

For more  information, check out the band’s website:
www.pro-rock.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/clutchband
Instagram: www.instagram.com/clutchofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/clutchofficial
Official: www.pro-rock.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/officialclutch

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Clutch To Unleash ‘Book of Bad Decisions’ Album On September 7th!

Clutch To Unleash ‘Book of Bad Decisions’ Album On September 7th!

Maryland rockers CLUTCH have announced Book of Bad Decisions as the title of their new studio album.

Book of Bad Decisions, CLUTCH’s 12th studio album is scheduled for a worldwide release on September 7th, 2018 via their own Weathermaker Music label.

The album was recorded at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN by producer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) and consists of 15 new tracks.

“With Vance Powell as producer we were able to make a very different kind of an album. The songs feel as if they could jump out of the speakers!” says drummer Jean-Paul Gaster. Bassist Dan Maines seconds that when he says “Recording in Nashville with Vance Powell gave us a new and fresh approach towards making an album that truly captures the live energy of Clutch in a way I don’t think we’ve done before.” Guitarist Tim Sult adds “Laying down guitar tracks with Vance was fun and inspiring. Going through and trying out his and his engineer, Mike Fahey’s collection of vintage amps was one of my favorite recording studio experiences. I think the outro solo of “Emily Dickinson” turned out particularly great.”

The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters.

Book Of Bad Decisions track listing:
1. Gimme the Keys
2. Spirit of ’76
3. Book of Bad Decisions
4. How to Shake Hands
5. In Walks Barbarella
6. Vision Quest
7. Weird Times
8. Emily Dickinson
9. Sonic Counselor
10. A Good Fire
11. Ghoul Wrangler
12. HB Is in Control
13. Hot Bottom Feeder
14. Paper & Strife
15. Lorelei

The first single from Book of Bad Decisions is “Gimme the Keys” and will be released today May 18th, 2018. The accompanying lyric video was created by David Brodsky.

The song is about the band’s first tour back in 1991, a time where they began to cut their teeth in the live music business, dealt with show cancellations and incidents on the road. One particular show in a shed surrounded by cornfields in Lawrence, Kansas ultimately turned ugly over a missing microphone and accusations brought by drunk and gun-toting security people at the end of a long day. “Gimme the keys they can keep the guarantee | Gimme the keys and get the hell out of dodge” is a reflection of the mood of that night.

Pre-ordering the new album Book of Bad Decisions starts today, May 18th at www.pro-rock.com.

This single is the first of four to be released over the next couple of months as an instant gratification track when pre-ordering the album at:

iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/book-of-bad-decisions/1376829212&app=itunes)
Amazon(http://amazon.com/dp/B07CNYD1R7).

All album formats (CD, 24-page book with CD, 2xLP Standard Black, Limited Colored 2xLP, and 2xLP Picture Disc) will have the same 15 tracks. In addition Weathermaker Music will release two very limited 7” Picture Discs.

“I’ve never been one for nostalgia,” says Neil Fallon, “I’ve always shied away from it. But after 27 years of this, I realize that there is a wealth of stories to look back upon as lyrical fodder. As the saying goes, ‘You don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.’ Not all the songs reference our collective experience as a band, but ‘Book of Bad Decisions’ seemed like an apt name for these various chapters, whether factual, fictitious, or somewhere in-between.”

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

For more information, check out the band’s website:
www.pro-rock.com

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Instagram: www.instagram.com/clutchofficial
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Clutch Announces Winter ‘Psychic Warfare’ Tour Dates With Devin Townsend Project

Clutch Announces Winter ‘Psychic Warfare’ Tour Dates With Devin Townsend Project

Clutch has just announced Winter tour dates for the continuum of their Psychic Warfare tour. Supporting the tour will be Devin Townsend Project and The Obsessed. Fan club pre-sale tickets will start at 2:00pm ET today, public stale starts 10am ET on Friday.  Exclusive fan club pre-sale tickets and show info available here: mt.cm/clutch.  The on sale date for the 4 Florida shows is TBD due to the hurricane in the region. Check the bands official website www.pro-rock.com for all upcoming ticket and show info.

Clutch will be entering the studio in early 2018 to begin work on their 12th studio album.

Psychic Warfare is the latest and eleventh studio effort from Clutch.  The disc debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, No. 2 on the Billboard Independent,  No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock and Billboard Rock charts.     Psychic Warfare was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die).

Clutch, Devin Townsend Project and The Obsessed Tour Dates:

Nov. 29 – Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim Entertainment Center
Dec. 01 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
Dec. 02 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Dec. 03 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Dec. 05 – Saint Augustine, FL – Backyard Stage @ St Augustine Amphitheatre
Dec. 06 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
Dec. 08 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
Dec. 09 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
Dec. 10 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Dec. 12 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theatre
Dec. 13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Dec. 15 – Peoria, IL – Limelight Eventplex
Dec. 16 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Dec. 27 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Dec. 28 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Dec. 29 – Richmond, VA – The National
Dec. 30 – Knoxville, TN – The International
Dec. 31 – Columbus, OH – Express Live

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

For more  information, check out the band’s website: www.pro-rock.com

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Clutch To Release “Psychic Rockers From The West Group” Box Set On June 23rd

Clutch To Release “Psychic Rockers From The West Group” Box Set On June 23rd

Clutch will release a box set entitled Psychic Rockers From The West Group tomorrow June 23rd via Weathermaker Music. “Psychic Rockers From The West Group” is a 5 CD and 1 DVD package that contains The Bakerton Group’s “El Rojo” (Clutch’s instrumental blues jam side project), “Strange Cousins From The West”, “Earth Rocker Deluxe“(2 CD + 1 DVD) and the latest Clutch release, “Psychic Warfare“. This is a limited release, hand numbered and signed by all band members on the back.

“The ‘Psychic Rockers From The West Group’ is a well priced little box set of our 3 last releases and also includes The Bakerton Group’s ‘El Rojo‘, our instrumental jam record from 2009” states frontman Neil Fallon. “The boxes are hand numbered and signed by all the band members. Any little smudges you might encounter on the package are proof that signing and drying before stacking is an artform unto itself.”

Clutch’s latest release “Psychic Warfare”, landed at #6 on the Billboard charts. Weathermaker Music, the band’s self owned label, sold over 26,000 copies of the new album in the first week of release. “Psychic Warfare” is the highest debut charting album for Clutch and Weathermaker Music to date. The album landed at #1 on Billboard’s Rock and Hard Rock charts respectively.

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

For more  information, check out the band’s website:
www.pro-rock.com

Official: www.pro-rock.com

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Clutch Announce Heading Tour And First Annual Earth Rocker Festival

Clutch Announce Heading Tour And First Annual Earth Rocker Festival

Clutch has just announced a string of headline tour dates for May. Supporting the tour will be Lucero and The Sword. The band is also pleased to announce their first annual Earth Rocker Festival at Shiley Acres in Inwood, WV on May 20th. Full line-up to be announced soon. Pre-sale tickets will start at 10am ET today, public stale starts 10am ET on Friday.

Ticket info available here: https://ticket.artistarena.com/events/24585.

“We did a whole bunch of touring in 2016” states the band’s front man Neil Fallon. “Right now, we’re cooling our heels and starting to kick around some riffs for the next record. We hope to be recording the LP come the end of the year. Where and with whom is yet TBD. At the moment though, we’re really just at the beginning phase of writing and we already have a surplus of ideas.”

“In other news, this Spring we will be hosting the first annual Earth Rocker Festival. It’ll take place in Shiley Acres, West Virginia. We played at Shiley Acres last year and it was a real blast. Our intent is to have a really diverse bill. If all goes as planned, Earth Rocker Festival will continue as an annual event, hopefully growing in scope over the years.”

Psychic Warfare is the latest and eleventh studio effort from Clutch. The disc debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, No. 2 on the Billboard Independent, No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Rock and Billboard Rock charts. On Record Store Day this past April 16th Clutch released a limited edition numbered etched vinyl 12 inch that included two previously unreleased tracks from the Psychic Warfare sessions: “Mad Sidewinder” and “Outland Special Clearance”. Psychic Warfare was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die).

Clutch, Lucero and The Sword May Tour Dates:

05-10-17 in Asheville, NC at Highland Brewing Company
05-12-17 in Louisville, KY at Palace Theatre
05-13-17 in Grand Rapids, MI at 20 Monroe Live
05-15-17 in Brooklyn, NY at Brooklyn Steel
05-16-17 in Providence, RI at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
05-17-17 in Port Chester, NY at The Capitol Theatre
05-19-17 in Norfolk, VA at The NorVa
05-20-17 in Inwood, WV at “Earth Rocker Festival” at Shiley Acres

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

For more information, check out the band’s website:
www.pro-rock.com

Official: www.pro-rock.com

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Clutch Offer A Look Inside The Making of ‘Psychic Warfare’ With New Video Series

Clutch Offer A Look Inside The Making of ‘Psychic Warfare’ With New Video Series

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Clutch, the influential heavy rock band from Maryland, will be posting “The Making of Psychic Warfare” Segment 1: Creation, Production, and Speculation via their Facebook page, facebook.com/Clutchband today at noon.

These video clips shot by David Brodsky and his company My Good Eye: Music Visuals, will give fans an unprecedented view into the studios, as well as insight into the thoughts and ideas behind the making of the new Clutch album “Psychic Warfare”.  The footage in Segment 1 consists of interviews taken as the band started pre-production with Machine, who recorded, mixed and produced the record. Band members and Machine talk about the pre-production process while the album was being developed in Frederick MD.

The series will have 3 segments. The 2 upcoming segments, Segment 2: Austin Calling(September 14th) and Segment 3: Doom Saloon (September 28th) will continue to document with behind the scenes footage, the recording process as the band moves to Austin,Texas to record at the Machine Shop, to the last segment ending up with the band back in Frederick, MD putting the finishing touches to the record.

In addition to posting “The Making of Psychic Warfare” video series on the recording process, on alternating weeks, vocalist Neil Fallon will be posting his comments on the lyrical content and explain the meaning behind several songs off “Psychic  Warfare” on Clutch’sfacebook page.

In addition to posting “The Making of Psychic Warfare” video series on the recording process, on alternating weeks, vocalist Neil Fallon will be posting his comments on the lyrical content and explain the meaning behind several songs off “Psychic Warfare” on Clutch’s facebook page.

Neil Fallon lyric commentary series:

The Affidavit & X-Ray Visions
A Quick Death In Texas
Firebirds
Sucker For The Witch
Decapitation Blues
Noble Savage

“Psychic Warfare” is the band’s eleventh studio album and will be released worldwide October 2nd via their own label Weathermaker Music. The album was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die) and consists of 12 new tracks. Pre-order is available at Clutch’s official website pro-rock.com now. “The title ‘Psychic Warfare’ is taken from the first track, and first video we did for the record ‘X-Ray Visions” states singer Neil Fallon. “It’s a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel. He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep deprived paranoia.” The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters.

“Psychic Warfare” track listing:

01 The Affidavit
02 X-Ray Visions
03 Firebirds
04 A Quick Death in Texas
05 Sucker For The Witch
06 Your Love is Incarceration
07 Doom Saloon
08 Our Lady of Electric Light
09 Noble Savage
10 Behold the Colossus
11 Decapitation Blues
12 Son Of Virginia

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Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the four original members got together in high school. Clutch is an unmatched musical force that has been best described as “the quintessential American Rock Band”. They released their tenth studio album Earth Rocker via their own label Weathermaker Music on March 16, 2013. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 giving the band their highest chart position to date.

CLUTCH:
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion

For more  information, check out the band’s website:
Official: www.pro-rock.com

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PSYCHIC WARFARE: Clutch’s Tim Sult On The Band’s Powerful New Album

PSYCHIC WARFARE: Clutch’s Tim Sult On The Band’s Powerful New Album

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It’s the parabolic motion of projectiles. Or, as Isaac Newton stated, what goes up must come down — that is, everything except Clutch. “Earth Rocker” created an insurmountable peak. “Psychic Warfare” altered the laws of physics by elevating the smart songwriting and impressive performances of that last album, setting an even higher benchmark as their definitive album to date.

The 11th Clutch studio album “Psychic Warfare” goes straight for the throat with “X-Ray Visions” and never lets go. Working again with acclaimed producer Machine, this time in Texas, the concise arrangements that made “Earth Rocker” so assertive is the same harness for the combustible musical energy on “Psychic Warfare.” Harder, faster … let the rhythm hit ’em.

Formed in 1991, the Maryland-based band’s ability to absorb different musical styles and fabricate them into a distinct Clutch sound continues to be their forté. “A Quick Death In Texas,” overstocked with signature Clutch heavy Tim Sult riffs and lonesome guitar licks, and the funk undercurrent of “Your Love Is Incarceration,” color “Psychic Warfare” with articulate musicality and comfortable familiarity.

The overall intensity of “Psychic Warfare” would be self-consuming without the pressure valve of a canny rhythm section. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and bassist Dan Maines have an intuitive sense of dynamics that gives weight and contrast to the forcefulness of the vocals, steering Clutch into the straightaway out of tight, exhilarating corners. “Psychic Warfare” is cinematic, a soundtrack to the plot of singer Neil Fallon’s imagination. The narrative of “The Affidavit” sets the scene for an album of gunslingers, energy weapons, paranoid neurosis, and the occasional three-legged mule. It’s an episodic lyrical landscape populated by abstract characterization, nuance, and clever peculiarity.

In the past, Clutch consciously made each album conspicuously different from the last one. The bar is set higher, laws of physics be damned. “Psychic Warfare” is the new adventure, and it has no limit. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with guitarist Tim Sult to discuss the band’s past, the creation of “Psychic Warfare,” the challenges involved and what the future might hold for the band.

Clutch's Tim Sult

Clutch’s Tim Sult

What turned you on to music at a young age and ultimately led to you picking up an instrument?

I remember being a young kid and being into one particular song by The Steve Miller Band. That is what did it for me when I was around 5 or 6 years old. I didn’t start playing guitar until I was 14 years old, when we moved to Maryland. I had lived in Minnesota before that and they didn’t have private lessons anywhere close to where I lived. As soon as we moved, my parents signed me up for lessons and the rest is history. For some reason, I always felt like a career in music was something I wanted to pursue. I always believe something could happen and luckily we were able to make something happen with Clutch.

For those who might not know, how did you get involved with the other guys and become part of Clutch?

The other guys in the band were playing together in high school under a different band name. I joined a little later on and I was out of high school. I started playing with these guys in 1989. There were several different versions of the band and a couple different singers. Another guy involved, Brian Tall, was the one who brought me over to start jamming with those guys initially. He quit playing music around 1990 and we don’t know what happened to him. So, we got together in the late ‘80s and worked on a few different projects. Eventually, Neil [Fallon] became the singer in 1991 and we played our first Clutch show that same year.

Here we are almost 25 years later. To what do you attribute the longevity of the band?

I feel the secret is to continue working on new material, move forward, play as many shows as possible to not get stagnant or rely on the old songs to keep people coming back. We try to write new songs that people want to hear live. I feel that is the secret to our success.

Clutch's 'Psychic Warefare'

Clutch’s ‘Psychic Warfare’

Clutch is back with a brand new album, “Psychic Warfare.” This comes on the heels of “Earth Rocker,” which was very well received. When did you get started on this new material?

We started working on new material about a year after “Earth Rocker” came out. Honestly, that was probably the longest break that we had ever had of not getting together, jamming and working on new ideas. That is just what we do! The reason we got together and decided to put out a new album was because that is what we do!

What goes into the process of gearing up for a new album? Did you have goals or expectations for this new album?

A lot of times, we try to work as much of the new material we have been working on into the set. We do that to practice it. As soon as we have a new song that we like, we are going to put it in the set. We just play those songs as much as possible to see what works and what doesn’t. We try to massage the riffs, as well as the vocal ideas. It is a process of making every song enjoyable for us to play live. For this album, we just wanted to write as many good songs as possible. We probably had more song ideas for this album than we have had for any of our other albums. Like you said, we got a lot of positive response from “Earth Rocker,” so we felt we had a certain level we needed to live up to and had to write good songs. We did a lot more pre-production on this album then we have ever done before, just speeding up the songs, arranging them and micromanaging every bar of each song. We left ourselves a lot of time and a lot of space to work on the material. In the past, a few songs here or there might have been rushed or thrown down at the last minute. Every one of these songs on “Psychic Warfare” is micromanaged.

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Has the way you approach writing songs for Clutch changed much through the years, if at all?

Honestly, I don’t think it has changed too much. We all get in the room together and start playing riffs. Whatever Neil reacts to, we keep and he can put vocals over and expand on that. It really hasn’t change that much. From the “Pitchfork” era to “Psychic Warfare” era, the writing process and the sound of the band itself, when we get together and play in a room, hasn’t changed that much.

As you mentioned, with any album some songs come easy and some songs are much harder to nail down. What songs on this album fit those bills?

For sure! [laughs] A couple songs on this album came really fast and easy. “Quick Death In Texas” came very easily. That was the last song we wrote for the album and it has the Texas theme since we were actually recording in Texas at the time. That song came together quite easily and I am really happy with the results. It is one of my favorite songs to play live. “Noble Savage” also came together pretty quick. We definitely beat up “Decapitation Blues” and “X-Ray Visions” quite a bit. They had quite a few different arrangements and different parts for those songs.

You once again worked with Machine as your producer. Obviously, it works really well for you as a band but how did the relationship come about and what does he bring to the table?

We started working with him on the “Pure Rock Fury” album. He produced a couple songs on that album. It goes without saying that his sound and production is great but as far as idea wise for Clutch, I think he has a lot of great ideas for arrangements and subtle touches to polish off the songs. All producers are different and work differently. Some are just engineers, while some are basically writing the song for the bands. A lot of times, he will tell us to keep a part we are ready to throw away because we have been jamming it so hard for so long and aren’t 100% sure what to do with it. Right before we throw it away, he might tell us it is a good idea and to keep it and try it in a different way. He has definitely saved a few good riffs that were about to be thrown away and never to be heard again.

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It seems like Clutch is always pushing forward. Were there any songs that didn’t make the record which we might hear in the future?

Yes. There are three other songs that we recorded, along with one or two other ones that didn’t make it to the recording process. In total, there were five or six other songs that were on the table that ended up off the chopping block. The three others we recorded with Machine is a cover song. It is a cover of our intro song that we use at shows – Chuck Brown’s “We Need Some Money.” We did a cover of that with Mike Dillon of Primus. He is all over that one. The two other songs that we recorded will probably see the light of day eventually.

Tim Sult

Tim Sult

In 20+ years you have been in Clutch, the music industry changed exponentially. What excites you about the industry these days?

Live music. I say that because it is all about getting out there and playing for your fans. I think that is the most important thing. There aren’t a huge amount of rock bands out there these days but hopefully that will change. As far as the whole internet thing goes, it is great as a fan. I, myself, love going on the internet and listening to lots of music for free and discovering new music. However, if I find something I love, I always make a point to go out and buy the album. I don’t know that a lot of people do that.

Speaking of live music, you played countless live shows and logged some impressive mileage through the years. How has your approach to touring changed as you have gotten older?

We are lucky enough to tour in a tour bus all the time now. In the past, we had to go out in a van and drive 12 hours a day sometimes to do the next show. We are older and doing it in a tour bus is so much easier! We have been doing it for so long that we have a great crew. All of our crew guys have worked for us for a long time. Thanks to them, everything runs smoothly. Everyone acts like adults and calm, normal people. In the past, when we were all younger, we partied a lot more. We were driving in a van and partying with crazy maniacs at some points! [laughs] I think mostly what has changed is that we have become adults!

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Next year is Clutch’s 25th anniversary as a band. Is there anything special in store for that milestone?

Honestly, we have not even discussed the 25 year anniversary. I guess that will be the summer of next year. Who knows. Maybe we will do something or chances are we will totally ignore it and pretend we are a brand new band! [laughs]

I am sure lots of musicians just starting out ask you for advice. What is the best lesson we can learn from Clutch?

I think the reason we are where we are today is because we didn’t quit. We never stopped. We just kept moving forward. Whenever anyone asks me for advice that is what I tell them, “Don’t quit! Move forward, write new material and play as many shows as you can.”

Solid advice! Thank you so much for your time today, Tim. I have been enjoying “Psychic Warfare” and can’t wait to see this stuff live! We will be spreading the word!

Thank you for all the kind words and I will talk to you soon!

Clutch will be releasing “Psychic Warfare” on  October 2nd via their own label Weathermaker Music. The album is now available for pre-sale through iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. 

For more  latest info and tour dates for Clutch, check out the band’s official website at www.pro-rock.com. Connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube

CLUTCH TOUR DATES:

Sat/Aug-15 Richmond VA Hadads Lake* GwarB-Q Buy Tickets
Fri/Sep-04 Las Vegas NV The Joint Special Guest of Primus Buy Tickets
Sat/Sep-19 Baltimore MD Carroll Park* The Shindig Buy Tickets
Sun/Sep-20 Clark NJ Oak Ridge Park* Rock Carneval Buy Tickets
Sat Oct-03 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution** Buy Tickets
Sun Oct-04 Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live** Buy Tickets
Tue Oct-06 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works** Buy Tickets
Wed Oct-07 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend** Buy Tickets
Fri Oct-09 Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom** Buy Tickets
Sat Oct-10 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall** Buy Tickets
Sun Oct-11 New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place** Buy Tickets
Tue Oct-13 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue** Buy Tickets
Wed Oct-14 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues** Buy Tickets
Thu Oct-15 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room** Buy Tickets
Fri Oct-16 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub** Buy Tickets
Sat Oct-17 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre** Buy Tickets
Sun Oct-18 Fargo, ND @ Scheels Arena** – “Roughrider Ink & Iron”
Tue Oct-20 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium** Buy Tickets
Thu Oct-22 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House** Buy Tickets
Fri Oct-23 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House** Buy Tickets
Sat/Oct-24 Elverta   CA Gibson Ranch Park* Aftershock Festival Buy Tickets
Sun/Oct-25 San Bernardino CA San Manuel Amphitheater* Knotfest Buy Tickets
Mon/Oct-26 Tucson AZ Rialto Theatre*** Co-Headline w Mastodon (Clutch closes show) Buy Tickets
Wed/Oct-28 Austin TX Austin Music Hall*** Co-Headline w Mastodon (Mastodon closes show) Buy Tickets
Thu/Oct-29 Dallas TX Gas Monkey Live*** Co-Headline w Mastodon (Clutch closes show) Buy Tickets
Fri/Oct-30 Houston TX Bayou Music Center*** Co-Headline w Mastodon (Mastodon closes show) Buy Tickets
Sat/Oct-31 New Orleans LA Voodoo Experience* Voodoo Music & Arts Experience Buy Tickets

* = Festival date
** = Clutch headline show,  support: COC / The Shrine
*** = Clutch co-headline show w/ Mastodon, special guest: COC

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Clutch To Unleash ‘Psychic Warfare” On October 2nd Via Weathermaker Music

Clutch To Unleash ‘Psychic Warfare” On October 2nd Via Weathermaker Music

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Clutch, the influential heavy rock band from Maryland, will release its eleventh studio album “Psychic Warfare” October 2nd via their own label Weathermaker Music. The album was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die) and consists of 12 new tracks. “The title ‘Psychic Warfare’ is taken from the track, ‘X-Ray Visions” states singer Neil Fallon. “It’s a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel. He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep deprived paranoia.” The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters.

Clutch is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Neil Fallon, drummer Jean-Paul Gaster, guitarist Tim Sult, and bassist Dan Maines.

“Psychic Warfare” track listing:

01 The Affidavit
02 X-Ray Visions
03 Firebirds
04 A Quick Death in Texas
05 Sucker For The Witch
06 Your Love is Incarceration
07 Doom Saloon
08 Our Lady of Electric Light
09 Noble Savage Clutch
10 Behold the Colossus
11 Decapitation Blues
12 Son Of Virginia

'Psychic Warfare'

‘Psychic Warfare’

Clutch have been pushing the boundaries that define heavy rock music since the four original members got together in high school. Clutch is an unmatched musical force that has been best described as “the quintessential American Rock Band”. They released their tenth studio album Earth Rocker via their own label Weathermaker Music on March 16, 2013. The album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15 giving the band their highest chart position to date.

Clutch’s Earth Rocker reached #1 on the Rock Chart and #4 on iTunes’ overall Top 100 album chart. Earth Rocker was awarded “Album of The Year” by Metal Hammer and garnered a Top 10 spot on Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of the Year”. Rolling Stone further enthused: “Four Maryland lifers — road dogs who’ve been grinding since the early Fugazi administration, cranking out seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs and singer Neil Fallon’s nerdy, piss-taking wiseass lyrics — release their hardest rocking set to date. Look for a go-go break (and some clever punning on the phrase “drop the bomb!) on ‘D.C. Sound Attack!’ Inspirational verse: “if you’re gonna do it/ do it live on stage/ or don’t do it at all.”

Clutch will be touring extensively in 2015 to support the effort. A string of shows, including festival dates have been announced leading up to the release.

08/15 – GwarBQ @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, VA
09/04 – The Joint @ The Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas, NV – special guest for Primus
09/19 – The Shindig @ Carrol Park – Baltimore, MD
09/20 – The Rock Carnival @ Oak Ridge Park – Clark, NJ
10/24 – Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA
10/25 – Knotfest @ San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA
10/31 – Voodoo Festival – New Orleans, LA

For more information, check out the band’s website:
www.pro-rock.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/clutchband

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YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/officialclutch

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