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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

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Instagram: www.instagram.com/clutchofficial
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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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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

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Clutch Release Official Video For “A Quick Death In Texas”

Clutch Release Official Video For “A Quick Death In Texas”

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Clutch has just released their new video for the song “A Quick Death In Texas”. The video was directed by David Brodsky / MyGoodEye (Papa Roach, In This Moment). Check out the video below.

“The video for ‘Quick Death In Texas’ was a lot of fun to make” states front man Neil Fallon. “Dave Brodsky and his crew did a great job and considering that the whole shoot was done in a single day is astonishing. The cast at Wild West City are a great group of folks. In a world of monster corporate theme parks, Wild West City is a rare gem. (And no… Wild West City is not in Texas. It’s in New Jersey in the shadow of the Poconos.)

“I won’t lie, I had a blast playing cowboy for a day, even if it meant getting repeatedly killed, sometimes by desperados, sometimes by trusted bandmates. Originally, I was going to be drawn-and-quartered, but we didn’t have the budget for four horses. So we opted for a traditional one-horse-dragging. And Lucky, the painted roan, did a fine job of delivering justice.”

Clutch continues their Psychic Warfare World Tour 2016. The band will be playing festivals and headlining shows throughout Europe and the UK this month before returning to the US to headline tour dates in September and October with Zakk Sabbath and Los Angeles based metal band Kyng. Including 2 festival appearances, the trek will begin in Buffalo, NY at the The Town Ballroom on September 28th and conclude in Worcester, MA at The Palladium on October 30th.

‘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, Zakk Sabbath, Kyng 2016 Tour Dates:

09/28 – Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom
09/30 – Lakewood, NJ @ First Energy Park – Rock Carnival *
10/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/02 – Louisville, KY @ Champions Park – Louder Than Life *
10/04 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
10/05 – Atlanta, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre
10/07 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre Street Stage
10/08 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live
10/10 – Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex
10/11 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10/12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
10/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
10/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
10/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
10/18 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
10/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
10/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/22 – Sioux City, IA @ Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10/24 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note ** NO Zakk Sabbath
10/25 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
10/27 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
10/28 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
10/29 – Clifton Park, NY @Upstate Concert Hall
10/30 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

* festival appearance

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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DUNSMUIR: Neil Fallon Discusses Breathing Life In The Band’s Epic Debut Album!

DUNSMUIR: Neil Fallon Discusses Breathing Life In The Band’s Epic Debut Album!

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Every once in a great while, when the timing is right, great players assemble, the stars align and a great rock record is born. Such is the case with Dunsmuir’s self-titled debut album, which is set to be released July 22 via Hall Of Records and will be released digitally via iTunes only. This powerhouse outfit was born back in 2013 when Neil Fallon (Clutch) joined forces with Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell), Brad Davis (Fu Manchu) and Dave Bone (The Company Band). Over the past few years, this motley crew of gifted musicians have poured their heart and soul into a concept album, which tells the tale of the various fates met by the survivors of a 19th century shipwreck. What was intended as a voyage of scientific discovery, quickly devolves into a struggle to survive the natural world and the supernatural. Offering a wild and satisfying ride both lyrically and musically, the album is nothing short of a heavy metal masterpiece. The LP, a true labor of love by the band members and a testament to the DIY spirit of all involved, the album will be limited to a pressing of 1,000 copies with a signed lithograph poster of the album cover and available only at this location – Click here. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with fellow Maryland native Neil Fallon to discuss his musical roots, the lessons he has learned along the way, what went into bringing Dunsmuir’s debut album to life and what the future may hold for this amazing new musical endeavor.

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Neil Fallon in the wild.

Let’s start at the beginning. What turned you on to music early in life and impacted you?

I think my dad’s record collection was what got me started. In hindsight, I can say it wasn’t anything exotic. I think it was probably typical of people his age. It had a lot of Beatles, Roy Orbison, Fleetwood Mac and I listened to a lot of that. Later on, when I got into junior high, I got introduced to the bad kid down the street who listened to Black Flag. That was a bit of a revelation. I listened to a lot of that and pretty much anything else I could get my hands on.

Was there a point when you knew music was something you had to pursue?

I knew, at best, what I had to pursue was something creative, whether it be music or something in the arts at any capacity. That is where my passion lies, creating something from the imagination. Music was not something I was schooled in. I think, early on, I certainly joined the band because it was fun. I didn’t have the slightest inkling I would make a living doing it.

I enjoyed watching you as a frontman for Clutch all these years. Who impacted you and what you do in that capacity?

I think as far as bands go and the impact they had on me, I think Bad Brains really blew me away at a very impressionable age, along with [Henry] Rollins. I never really knew what to do with myself and, still to this day, I am a bit self-conscious about it. I don’t envision myself as the frontman who puts his foot up on the monitor and thinks of himself as a golden god. I show up on stage with a great deal of humility but Clutch music is meant to be danced to and I think I just end up doing that by default.

What went into finding your creative voice early on in your career?

Starting out coming from a hardcore punk rock background, I had never tried singing anytime prior. I certainly wasn’t in the school chorus but I listened to a lot of Chuck D and Public Enemy. That may be counter-intuitive but I realized rhythm is something I could do and I had a knack for that as opposed to melody. The other character that kind of split my wig was Tom Waits because his voice at first glance seems very gruff and dissonant but he is a master of the character voice and that is something I have learned a lot from over the years.

Making a career in the music industry is not easy in any era. You have been very successful with Clutch and now you have a new project with Dunsmuir. What is the secret to your longevity as an artist?

One is to appreciate it. I know a lot of friends who have bands who can’t get out of the garage. This band has taken me to places and I have gotten to see things that I never imagined I would. It is the idea of us writing a song together in Frederick, Maryland and kids sing it in Athens, Greece and that will never, ever get old! Also, approaching it as a student has been a big thing. The notice of arriving somewhere or making it is false. It needs to be treated with respect and humility, while always trying to better one’s self.

Dunsmuir in the studio creating their self-titled debut album.

Dunsmuir in the studio creating their self-titled debut album.

Let’s talk about this new project. How did the ball get rolling when it comes to Dunsmuir?

Dave [Bone] had said he had been writing riffs with Brad [Davis]. They are out in California and said they were thinking about getting a drummer. I asked him about the music and he said it was pretty metal. Kind of half-kidding, I said, “Well, if you want me to sing on this metal stuff, give me a call.” Then they did. They said they were going to e-mail Vinny Appice about doing the drums. I thought they were out of their minds. I mean, you don’t just e-mail Vinny Appice! [laughs] But that is what they did and they got together shortly thereafter because he lives in California as well. By and large, a lot of this was done over the internet by sending files and me coming up with ideas. I was only with Brad, David and Vinny, face to face, for four days. The rest of it was done swapping files.

How did you initially cross paths with Dave and Brad? Any stories behind how you first met?

I probably met Brad close to 20 years ago when we toured with Fu Manchu. That was a long time ago! It was probably over 20 years ago come to think of it. Dave I met through Jim Rota from Fireball Ministry and they were doing The Company Band together, which I sang on. That is how I met Dave.

Even though you worked long distance, what did these guys bring out in you creatively?

I think the album, by and large if you were to compare it to Clutch, is largely a metal affair. It’s not something I am entirely accustomed to singing on, so it was challenging but at the same time fun to get out of my comfort zone. Being metal, it gives you license to sing about things that I might dismiss for a Clutch song. I know that is not fair but that’s sometimes how the mind works. The other thing was that most of these songs came to be, at least in rough ideas, came to be very quickly and I found myself with a lot of riffs. I didn’t know what to do with them all, so I decided the easiest thing was to come up with a very loose, unifying theme and then write 10 chapters on that theme. Not that it is a rock opera but it does have a bit of a plot arc to it, I guess.

How did you focus on this theme and what can you tell us about it?

If you have seen the movies “The Island of Dr. Moreau” or “Call of Cthulhu,” imagine if you can, around the turn of the century a scientific expedition getting washed ashore on a mysterious island in the South Pacific and finding all sorts of supernatural occurrences. You come to learn that members of the crew are sort of dark horses and try to tap into this darkness they encounter. There are really no named characters, except for one or two, because I wanted to keep it loose so the listeners can put their two cents into it. That is sort of the backdrop of all the songs.

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This started in an unusual way. Did you have goals or expectations for the project?

If anything, we wanted to keep it simple. I listen to all kinds of music. Metal is one of them. I think sometimes nowadays, if there is anything I had to criticize about metal is that it is tending to get a bit complicated and heady. I think we all have a bit of nostalgia for the era of Iron Maiden’s first record or early Judas Priest, where metal was kind of more first in the air and not as proggy as some tends to be these days. Like I said, that is all well and good and I love listening to those bands but we wanted to do something that was much more, as Dave describes it, denim.

What were the challenges of bringing this record to life? Any hurdles you overcame along the way?

I wanted to get it done because I did not want to work on the Clutch “Psychic Warfare” album at the same time because that would have hurt both of those albums. I pressured myself quite a bit and I went a bit batshit crazy once or twice but that can be a good thing! The other challenge was more accidental. Right before tracking these vocals, I broke a rib. Singing with a broken rib is a real pain in the ass!

I am sure some songs come easier than others. Which came easy to you and which were the hardest to nail down?

I think the hardest ones were the slower songs like “What Manner of Bliss.” I say that because I am not accustomed to singing on a tempo that is that slow, for the most part. “Crawling Chaos” was hard because it is such a circular riff that it was hard for me to come up with a melody. I just decided to do almost a spoken word approach. The rest of the songs were, I won’t say easy but, more familiar territory for me.

What can you tell us about the songwriting process for this album and how it might differ from what you have done through the years with Clutch?

The process is really getting a riff in my inbox, hearing it and wondering what types of images it will evoke. Then I came up with 10 of those very, very rough ideas. I went out there for four days and we rehearsed these songs and basically got skeletal compositions. They recorded them again in a demo form and then I started putting lyrics down on them. Then they recorded all the tracks out in California and then sent them to me. Technology is great and I am glad we were able to do that but nothing can replace getting in a room with human beings because things can happen much more organically, whereas the way this thing was done presented a lot of challenges and hurdles because if you change your mind about something, you kind of have to start from scratch. If you change your mind in a room with people, you can do it right there on the fly.

Obviously, everybody involved with this project has a lot going on. What are your thoughts in regards to touring the material at some point?

That is a tough nut to crack. I’m looking at Clutch dates for the rest of this year. I know Vinny has his Last In Line thing that he is doing and Fu Manchu has some shows. I would love for us to be able to do some shows but it is hard to see when those stars are going to align. It might be beneficial for us to write another record because, at this point, we only know how to play 10 songs.

That was my next question. Do you foresee making another record with these guys? It sounds like this is definitely more than a one-off.

Yeah. I love making music, as does everyone else in the band. It beats digging ditches! It will be a slow process because, like you said, everyone has their own thing going on but if we can come up with that and one day do a run here in Europe, that would be awesome!

Has there been discussion of where this project may lead sonically?

I don’t think so. I think it is a similar philosophy to Clutch’s where you don’t want to put the carriage in front of the horse and engineer these changes. They should happen instinctively. This record was written and recorded a while ago, almost a year-and-a-half ago. It has taken a long time for it to come out because we are putting it out ourselves. Because of that, I think we are all anxious to do something else but we also have to realize this is the first time people have heard this and it is going to take awhile for people to have time with it.

What are the challenges in putting out the album on your own? Obviously, everyone involved has a name in the business but what obstacles have you faced in launching a new project?

We all have names but the name Dunsmuir is so new to everyone. Putting it out yourself requires a great deal of patience because you have to put up your own money for it and cross your fingers that you will get reimbursed. We didn’t approach this as a money making endeavor. It was a creative endeavor, so we have approached it very conservatively. We are only pressing 1,000 records. It will be available in a digital version as well but we aren’t doing any CDs. Everyone knows, selling CDs these days is like selling water to the drowning; no one needs it or wants it. It will be interesting to see how this does just on vinyl and digital. The other challenge is that we don’t have a manager because we don’t really see the need for that because we are not touring and don’t have immediate plans for another record. We are all kind of splitting up the work among ourselves, as far as the things a manager might do.

You have seen the industry go through changes through the years. What is the best part of being a working musician in the current climate?

It always kind of irritates me when I hear bands bemoan that they have to go on tour to make money because they can’t sell records. Ya know what? That is what it is all about to begin with. Records and all of that is a new thing. I wouldn’t want to be in a young band trying to make an impression because even though the internet is a great way to get new fans, the same thing can be said for all the other bands. There is a lot of noise out there. I also know that because of things like streaming services or YouTube, we have reached a multitude more fans in the past 10 years than we did in the previous 10 when we had distribution deals and were selling records in record stores. I think it is, all in all, a positive thing.

What’s happening in the world of Clutch at the moment? What does the future hold for the band?

We have touring until the end of the year and then I think next year we are really going to start thinking about writing a record. We have been kicking around some riffs, kind of slowly. “Psychic Warfare” only came out last October, so it is only eight months old. I think we are going to start thinking about that over the next three or four months. Hopefully, a year from now, we will have some semblance of an LP to record.

You created one hell of a body of work. How have you evolved as an artist?

I think I have learned to respect songwriting as a craft and hopefully have learned that melody and pitch are not a bad thing. It took awhile for me to accept that. Punk rock and hardcore will tell you, “No. You’re not supposed to do that because that is commercial.” That is kind of a juvenile attitude to be honest. Hopefully, I have learned some of that and will continue to. I have also learned to play a bit of guitar. I’m not going to win any awards anytime soon but that has been an education for me as well.

What is the best lesson we can take from your journey as a musician?

I think you have to treat the music as its own reward because if it is treated as a vehicle to get somewhere or to get something, then you have pretty much set yourself up for disappointment. Our music has brought us to great heights and has also got us through times of, I hesitate to use the word darkness, but through lean times. No record label, manager or empty club can ever take that away from you, if you honestly, honestly, honestly enjoy making the music that you make and that is your best asset!

Thanks for your time today, Neil. Thanks for all the hard work you have put in over the years and we can’t wait to see where the journey takes you.

Thank you, Jason. I appreciate that. Talk to you soon.

Check out the latest and greatest from Dunsmuir at www.dunsmuirband.com. Follow their continuing adventures on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The self-titled debut album will be released on July 22nd, 2016.

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 209: Brother Nero and the Pokemon All-Stars

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 209: Brother Nero and the Pokemon All-Stars

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, it’s a two man show! With J-Mo on assignment, Jason and Hank are left to their own devices to provide some podcasting gold. The duo recount the recent madness that was Jeff and Matt Hardy’s ‘Final Deletion.’ Speaking of madness, they take a look at the viral sensation currently sweeping the land — Pokémon Go! Talk then turns to the recent announcement of Nintendo’s Mini-Nes system and the magic of retro gaming. However, they aren’t stuck in the past as they take a look at some upcoming games guaranteed to make you spend countless hours on the couch. Every good lazy day needs a soundtrack, so they also explore some recent music releases. From Blink-182 to Neil Fallon’s Dunsmuir to Joey Jordinson’s Sinaenum to The Struts, there is a little something for every musical palette. It’s a hearty blend of spicy content that is cocked, loaded and ready for some action! Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

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