My favorite live band of prison planet escaping Earth rockers are likely just as good via virtual concert.
Clutch will perform a streamed concert titled “Live From The Doom Saloon Volume 1” on May 27th. They will be supported remotely by Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo, and Saul. That’s a decent range of hard rock variety. This unique online concert format has been produced in conjunction with Sound Talent Group (STG), and LiveFrom Events and will use cutting-edge streaming technology to close the distance between the bands and the fans for an amazing virtual concert experience.
Says Neil Fallon: “Over the past weeks, Clutch has been streaming very short sets on our YouTube channel, OfficialClutch. We are excited to announce that we will be playing a much longer set and teaming up with Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo, and Saul for a virtual four-band bill. Doors are at 3:30 PM, Saul goes on at 4 PM, followed by Blacktop Mojo at 4:35 PM and Crowbar at 5:10 PM. Clutch’s set will start at approximately 5:55 PM. All times are Eastern Standard Time. Have a beer in your pajamas!”
Pre-registration is available today, with tickets going onsale on Wednesday at 10am EST: www.livefrom.events/ DoomSaloon
Clutch also revamped their fan fave stoner anthem (one of several, haha) “Willie Nelson”. The new version is a little cleaner production-wise and slightly more uptempo/soulful.Add to My Radar
Neil Fallon is the lyricist, singer, and rhythm guitar player of the rock band CLUTCH. What you might not know, is that since 2017, he’s also been on the board of the non-profit organisation INNOCENT LIVES FOUNDATION.
Based in the United States but working globally, the ILF is committed to helping children by unmasking anonymous online predators and aiding law enforcement to bring them to justice. Through open source intelligence gathering, the ILF create dossiers on possible child exploiters by searching the Internet for information and scouring the dark web for proof. Once evidence is found, the ILF turns the dossiers over to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. In 2019 more than 80 of the dossiers produced by the ILF are being used by law enforcement to track, capture, and and apprehend child predators. The ILF is a 501c3 charitable organisation and relies solely on donations.
Now, Fallon has organised a special online auction of rare and sought after rock ‘n roll memorabilia to benefit the Innocent Lives Foundation.
The auction lots include signed guitars from Slipknot, My Chemical Romance, No Doubt, Zakk Wylde, Thursday, and Clutch. Also up for bids are signed posters from the Foo Fighters and Black Label Society. Finally, there is a limited edition (#21 of 25) black and white photo print of Chris Cornell, courtesy of Andrew Stuart and approved by the Cornell estate.
When asked why he wanted to organise an auction for the ILF, Fallon responded, “No one wants to hear, let alone talk, about the topic of child abuse. We can choose to look away, but the victims don’t have that option. I realized that if I am in a position to help, how could I not? Putting together this auction is an easy thing to do for kids that need our help so desperately.”
Interested fans can place bids at: auctions.innocentlivesfoundation.org.
Bidding starts on November 25th at 11am EST (8am PST / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET) and concludes on December 7th at 11:59pm EST.
Fallon returns to the UK with CLUTCH for headline shows pre-Christmas, with special guests Graveyard and Kamchatka. For tickets, visit www.pro-rock.com.
About the Innocent Lives Foundation
The ILF uses experts from around the globe to save children and stop the spread of child abuse material, which can include child pornography, child erotica, and content displaying any type of child abuse. They create technology and processes to combat child abuse material. They use this technology to assist law enforcement in bringing predators to justice.
To donate or for more info on the ILF’s work, please visit www.innocentlivesfoundation.org.Add to My Radar
Metalcore mainstays Killswitch Engage and hard rockers Clutch will hit the road this summer for a North American co-headline and festival tour. The John and Mackie version of Cro-Mags (“Cro-Mags JM”) is on this one as well, so it is certainly an energized line-up.
7/11 London, ON @ Rock the Park Festival
7/12 Syracuse, NY @ SI Hall
7/13 Inwood, WV @ Earth Rocker Festival
7/14 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
7/16 Fort Wayne, IN @ The Clyde
7/18 Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock & Casin
7/19 Cadott, WI @ Cadott Rock Fest
7/20 OshKosh, WI @ Rock USA Festival 2019
7/22 Tulsa, OK @ The Brady Theater
7/23 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
7/25 Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Event Center
7/26 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Outdoors
7/27 Montreal, QC @ Heavy Montreal
7/28 Bangor, ME @ Impact Festival
7/30 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
8/1 Columbus, OH @ Express Live
8/2 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors
8/3 Port Chester, NY @ Capital Theater
8/4 Worcester, MA @ Palladium Outdoors
Not liking Clutch is kind of like not liking chocolate or beer. I mean, the second is fine if you are straight edge or in recovery or whatever but otherwise you pretty much just played yourself. To be fair, I firmly have never met a Clutch song whether angry or goofy that I did not love. They are incredibly consistent even when settling into the veteran stage of their hard won (in the truest, road dog sense) career. They have made an investment in their fans and given us gold time and time again. While you can critique any artist, when it comes to Clutch their is always very little to nothing to complain about. I mean, I don’t know them on a personal level but as a fan they are they most rewarding band I have ever followed for decades. What I am trying to say is, they may have had a lot of jager here and there but they certainly haven’t made that many bad decisions career wise.
Book Of Bad Decisions continues the band’s long winning streak. Some people thought it was a little more tame or a bit too long but to me that is kind of like having extra helpings of a good meal. You binge at first and then settle in for a slow extra course and a big grin digestion stupor. Whether slow or fast, aggro or jam focused, Clutch are only adding to their still super potent live range. “H.B. Is In Control” is probably their most knowing wink thrill ride Neil Fallon as madcap ringmaster tune since the underrated From Beale Street To Oblivion record. Hollered vocals, amazing blues and stoner influenced riffs and the impeccable distinctive drumming we know and love are all present.
“Gimme The Keys” is already a newfangled anthem with the band hitting hard. It is also rad to hear some Hammond on this record as well as brass. Some people think the Vance Powell production was a bit too big and clean but I didn’t hear that. It sounded great on big speakers and the band are too tasteful to ever have shitty tones or sub par material. It might not be worn into your fibers like the S/T classic songs but, like Black Sabbath, that doesn’t mean later day songs on 13 or Bad Decisions were somehow super terrible inherently. Any band that can hit the 12 album stretch and still write stuff as freedom loving and witty as “Weird Times” and awesome or sly as “How To Shake Hands” is probably made up of a group of miracle workers. It is incredible these guys have been at it so long and still are in such control of their sound and not pushed around by labels, still cranking out killer albums like Psychic Warfare or this new baby and still reminding us that rock n roll can rebirth us on a Quantum level.
America’s greatest hard rockers Clutch are back with a new platter of joy, Book Of Bad Decisions (out now). One of the most consistently awesome bands in rock history with not a single bad album in their discography, Clutch are a shining beacon of real rock n roll straddling a sewer of Maroon 5’s floating down the stream to Hell.
All ticket links are available at www.pro-rock.com.
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
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!”Add to My Radar
My favorite hard rock band Clutch, indeed the truest road tested road doggin’ purveyors of rabble rousing rock n roll in recent modernity, have done and entered the studio to begin tracking a new album and follow-up to 2015’s gosh darn straight up ear-aphrodisiac Psychic Warfare. Recording is currently taking place at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN with producer and engineer Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Red Fang) at the helm.
The greatest band on this scorched rock are also playing the Bud Light sponsored Rocklahoma in May alongside other greats like Halestorm, A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, New Years Day and Diamond Head (to name a few). Shit yeah to all that.
A mid 2018 release of the title TBA Clutch record (in progress) via Weathermaker Music is expected.Add to My Radar
Continuing our two city coverage after Milwaukee, The Missing Link Tour thundered through New York City’s Central Park with Sweden’s protometal quartet Graveyard, with whom I interviewed that afternoon. Riding out the last of the day’s west-falling sunlight was Clutch, strong and heavy as ever in their 20 plus year career. As the night darkened, Mastodon took stage and the arboreal amphitheater, at first a simple stage nestled into a pleasant grove, now became much more ominous and powerful. It looked as if the trees were growing up and inward, reaching down from their stoic and gnarled height. The music cried a cacophony through the limbs and branches for acres and acres through the park. I’m sure neither the 5th Avenue neighbors nor the multitude of smitten couples out on The Lake in rowboats were too pleased. Actually, that sounds like a fucking rad date.
Read on here for the review and pictures.Add to My Radar
The progressive/stoner metal lineup that The Missing Link Tour provides is a show that one would be remiss to miss. As the crowd filled the Eagles Ballroom, the air began to smell like an over heated hemp store in the middle of a humid summer day. The perfect environment for the evening’s festivities. Graveyard, Clutch, and Mastodon are generational bands that bring together the past, present, and future into one killer evening of auricular enlightenment.
Get the full review here.
Obviously, Mother Nature was pissed that Mastodon cancelled, as they haven’t played there since ‘012. Before that, ’09 in Tulsa, OK. More infuriated were the ticket holders, who’s refund wasn’t immediately issued. The promoter originally wanted to honor the tickets at a future date, one far from equivalent. After she heard this, Ma dropped car-drowning flood waters, and they reconsidered. All tickets from The Diamond Ballroom show will be refunded.
Two things Mastodon should learn from this: First, don’t leave Oklahoma without Mom’s permission. Second, ask your previous tour mates Dethklok how to withstand tornadoes, as seen here.[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXFO-gR2ddU[/youtube]
Fortunately, no lives were lost in the capricious weather. If you feel some extra metal in your pocket, Red Cross relief funds can be donated here.
Thanks to StrongBeard for the inside info.
Stay tuned here and our @MetalRiot Instagram for a very special two-night coverage of this tour as it rolls through Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Central Park, New York City late this month.Add to My Radar
Two of the world’s most respected and influential hard rock bands Mastodon and Clutch are proud to announce THE MISSING LINK TOUR, which brings together both bands as they join forces along with special guests Graveyard and Big Business – each taking part of the tour as support.Together, this night of heavy rock will be one of the heaviest and most exciting concert events of the year.
THE MISSING LINK TOUR kicks off on April 16th in St. Paul, MN. with support provided by Big Business, who recently supported Mastodon throughout a sold-out European tour. Sweden’s Graveyard will then take over the main support slot starting in Los Angeles on April 29th for the remaining dates, closing out the tour in Columbus, OH on May 24th. Tickets are on sale now.
Mastodon and Clutch share a longtime friendship as fans will recall Clutch front man Neil Fallon contributed vocals to “Blood And Thunder” (from Mastodon’s 2004’s Leviathan) so fans can expect surprises in store for fans throughout the tour rumbling across North America. THE MISSING LINK TOUR will feature full sets from both Mastodon and Clutch. Clutch will close the show onApril 24th in Vancouver, May 10th in Pittsburgh, May 15th in Bethlehem, May 16th in Baltimore and also the final night of the tour, May 24th in Columbus. Mastodon will close all other shows. For further info on Mastodon, go to: http://www.mastodonrocks.com/. For further info on Clutch go tohttp://www.pro-rock.com
Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster had this to say about the tour.”We are very much looking forward to our US tour with our friends in Mastodon. We always enjoy playing live but when we have the opportunity to share the stage with a band as inspiring as Mastodon we know each evening will be that much more special. See ya out there!”
For more info proceed BELOW.Add to My Radar
Good stuff for you feral rock animals today. Check out some new AWLWLB related Converge visuals (which actually help animals), a video made by a fan (Curtis Hein) which is a claymation Clutch masterpiece plus a great new track from Black Anvil. The last one is just an official music track, but we’ll take it!
Click HERE to feast your eyes and hurt your ears.Add to My Radar
Reteaming with Machine for the first time since BLAST TYRANT paid off big time. Maryland’s finest (and world’s finest live band in my opinion) Clutch have once again made an example of a modern rock n’ roll record that can be held up as current music that will stand the test of time. This is, in my opinion, the most consistent band going, a group who have contributed more to the underground via road dog touring, great personalities and a drive to keep it rooted to true grit. Listen to the assured sing along stomp of “Mr. Freedom” and the explosive Tim Sult soloing to witness pure, refined human chemistry. Clutch may have come as close yet to making a studio record that captures their live electricity.
“Everyone keeps telling’ me, Neil you got to quit your lowdown ways,” croons Neil Fallon on second single “Constant Velocity”. Well, the pure rock fury on hand on this disc, a much faster offering than the excellent and bluesy STRANGE COUSINS FROM THE WEST, should allow for lots of room for low down dirty behavior. The album is like they perfected the thinner, slightly twangy guitar tone of the self-titled Clutch classic platter and just made it much bigger. Dan Maines’ low end is monstrous on here, in perfect lock with the great JP Gaster spring step grooves that make this band so heavy but also danceable. Ass shakin’ puts the people in their seats. Take note, head bangers. The upcoming tour with fellow legends of the stoner path Orange Goblin is not to be missed.
Fallon is on fire as usual, even more riled up than ever. That the band cites Thin Lizzy, Bad Brains and Motorhead as the driving influences behind the album pretty much assures it would be my fave outing from Clutch in awhile (as those are kind all of my other favorite bands besides the Melvins, hahha). This shit is just pushy and powerful and will ensure a lot of elbows in the pit. “I’m a war monger baby, I got blood in my eyes and I’m looking’ at you,” bellows Fallon in the cowbell heavy groove of album standout “D.C. Sound Attack”. The song does what Clutch does best…takes a simple Clutch groove where you can’t believe a riff so to the point is so damn good and manages to embody the best traditions of hardcore, blues, social commentary and hard rock in one fell swoop.
Click HERE to read the full review.
Maryland rock band Clutch have released a second single, “Crucial Velocity,” off of their upcoming album Earth Rocker. The album is set for release on March 19th and will be the band’s tenth studio album. Earth Rocker is a follow up to the bands 2009 album Strange Cousins from the West which was released via Weathermaker Music.
You can listen to it here.
Official press release:
“As Clutch prepares for the release of their highly anticipated new studio album Earth Rocker the band is ready to give fans another taste of what they can expect on March 19th.
Today the band has teamed up with NPR for an exclusive premiere on the second single from Earth Rocker entitled “Crucial Velocity”Add to My Radar
I have always maintained that if I ever got married, the Clutch song “Green Buckets” would have to play at the wedding. It is the most romantic song about recycling and fighting barbarians ever. “Let A Poor Man Be”, “King Of Arizona”, “Ship Of Gold”, “Ghost”, “Electric Worry”, “Guild Of Mute Assassins”, the mighty and often forgotten “Effigy”…I could list amazing songs by the Maryland quartet all day. My favorite band going on fourteen years now, they remain one of the hardest working and touring groups out there and have never made a bad album.
Some hippies will gush over a boring jam band while I yawn and think about how Clutch can out jam the best of them. Hipster blogs will gush over one keyboard and someone stroking a tambourine with a feather while a token skinny girl in a tank top mumbles, but that sure isn’t as cool as “Release The Kraken” or the eternal power of “Spacegrass”. Kids will get super excited about some new jack, redundant hardcore band, but it never matches the effortless intensity of “Impetus”.
It was an honor to speak with guitarist Tim Sult of Clutch at a Poughkeepsie, NY show (with great openers Lionize) about Clutch’s upcoming plans, football team loyalty, releasing new songs from The Mob on Clutch’s own Weathermaker Music, getting a song placed in The Walking Dead and more!! It was also cool to meet and drink beers with photographer Steve Truglio (who shot the JAM ROOM booklet gear photos) and compare our favorite Clutch shows ever . I think we agreed the best we ever both saw was a Coney Island High show Clutch played back in the day.
Click HERE to read the interview and see exclusive live pics!Add to My Radar
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MOVE are a high energy Boston hardcore act who are defying racism while crafting timely and Earth shaking punk anthems for change! Hit up Triple-B Records for the Freedom Dreams 7" HERE or head to Bandcamp and support this electrifying band on our favorite digital platform. "...We march on to achieve salvation/Say their names we won’t be intimidated/ I fight and I fight and I fight I refuse to rest until I see progress/All to one day see these fucking freedom dreams/ We'll never stop until we find liberation, Black Excellence unstained by degradation/ Where freedom reigns over incarceration/ Where Black joy is only met with celebration." RIYL Cold World, American Nightmare, Jesus Piece.