Clutch announce U.S. headlining Winter tour; ready pre-pro on eleventh studio album due out 2015

By on September 24, 2014

After a summer of epic gigs including their first-ever South American performance,  a headlining show in Sao Paulo, Brazil; stunning crowds at all three Riot Fest shows (Toronto, Chicago and Denver), CLUTCH has announced a winter U.S. tour which will launch on December 27 in Cincinnati and wrap up on January 10 in Austin. On the upcoming winter trek, CLUTCH will debut a handful of new songs on the road. Torche and Lionize will join the band as support for the entire run (see dates below).

CLUTCHNEIL FALLON (vocals, rhythm guitar), TIM SULT (lead guitar), DAN MAINES (bass) JEAN-PAUL GASTER (drums and percussion)–will re-team with the acclaimed producer Machine (Lamb Of God, King Crimson, Crobot) for a pre-production session in October. The recording of the new album is scheduled to begin in January 2015 with the same team that worked on CLUTCH’s last album Earth Rocker, tagged by Rolling Stone as “seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs” (Dec. 2013). The group’s critically acclaimed Earth Rocker album received a 3-disc triple deluxe release this summer via Weathermaker Music. CLUTCH’s upcoming album is due for worldwide release in 2015.

Asked about the musical direction of the new album NEIL FALLON says: “The best thing is just following your gut. I think if we tried to make ‘Earth Rocker 2,’ it would be D.O.A. But then again, you don’t wanna completely abandon it. We started writing for the next album pretty quickly. So it does bear a lot of similarities to Earth Rocker, just because we’re coming off the heels of that album. If we’d waited five years, I’m sure it would be a different story.”

Catch CLUTCH on the road in the following cities:

THU 9/25 Huntington, NY The Paramount
FRI 9/26 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
The Shindig Music Festival with Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello, Halestorm
SAT 9/27 Baltimore, MD The Shindig Music Festival
SAT 12/27 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s 
SUN 12/28 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
MON 12/29 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
TUE 12/30 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
SAT 1/3 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
SUN 1/4 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
TUE 1/6 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
WED 1/7 Houston, TX House of Blues
THU 1/8 Dallas, TX House of Blues
FRI 1/9 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
SAT 1/10 Austin, TX Emo’s

CLUTCH critical soundbites:

“…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.”

ROLLING STONE, (#10 Rolling Stone “Top 20 Metal Albums,” Dec. 2013)

“Every now and again an album [Earth Rocker] comes along that’s an absolute classic-not just a handful of good tunes and a handful of filler, but a classic from start to finish. Not since Pure Rock Fury and Blast Tyrant has Clutch been so straightforward in their approach. By their own admission, the band found fresh inspiration from touring with Thin Lizzy and Motorhead and it showed in the music and in the colossal riffs of guitarist Tim Sult. “

METAL HAMMER, (#1 Metal Hammer “Album of the Year,” Jan. 2014)

“…bluesy rock, blustery, but impressively precise riffage, beards, and story songs about robots.

–Allison Stewart, REVOLVER (Mar. 2013)

Vocalist Neil Fallon oozes the passion and silver-tongued charm of a fire-and-brimstone preacher on the title track, Sult unleashes scores of timeless Clutch riffs (with a highlight being the irresistible fervor of ‘Unto the Breach’), and bassist Dan Maines lays down a gritty yet silky tone on tracks like ‘Crucial Velocity’ and ‘Mr. Freedom.’ In fact, every song here has its own rhythmic or melodic hallmark, making Earth Rocker a surefire future classic.”

–Billy Brennan, MODERN DRUMMER (Apr. 12, 2013)

Clutch has become a beaming example of perseverance and self-sufficiency for an independent act. …Earth Rocker remains focused on staying tight. …tracks like ‘Unto The Breach’ deliver with force: It’s fast, aggressive, melodic and catchy.”

–Mike Thomas, RELIX (Apr. 2013)

Earth Rocker is Clutch’s hard turn into primal boogie heaviness. The acoustic flourishes, blues songs, and psychedelic forays that shaped Clutch’s past few records are shelved and in their place are hard and barbed riff-driven tunes. …Singer Neil Fallon is a holy rock ’n’ roller celebrating his music’s cathartic release and its history.”

–Scott McLennan, BOSTON GLOBE (Mar. 2013)

Clutch has created one of its best, and most straightforward, albums to date. …Working again with producer Machine, the act stripped away the excess and honed in on the riff-heavy, muscular bar-band rock. …The white-knuckled rocking only slows down once. ‘Gone Cold,’ a subdued existential meditation, signals the end of Side A and works as a palate cleanser from the amplification and distortion. The respite also builds anticipation for the album’s best track, ‘Book, Saddle and Go.’ The band was inspired by recent tour mates, and ’70s hard-rock legends, Thin Lizzy, and here it shows most. The call-and-response hook and gritty riffing are proof Clutch doesn’t need to pander to fans or a major label (Weathermaker Music is owned by the band).”

–Wesley Case, BALTIMORE SUN, (Mar 15, 2013)

Clutch, the hard-touring Maryland band with an endless supply of guitar riffs, is back on the righteous path of heavy rockEarth Rocker is Clutch’s hardest-hitting album in a while, and it’s full of Fallon’s occasionally inscrutable, fantastical sci-fi themes. There are references to Guttenberg, the Large Hadron Collider and the medieval weapon the halberd–and that’s just in one song (‘Unto the Breach’). ‘The Face’ imagines a post-apocalyptic pop culture landscape where rock is dead and electric guitars have been cast into the sea. On ‘Cyborg Bette,’ our rock-star narrator falls for a robot, his ‘latest model’. A welcome return to form.”

–Christopher Weber, SEATTLE TIMES (Mar 18, 2013)

’Earth Rocker’will leave you battered and bruised from the relentless rhythm, vibe and energy. …The record is so UP, so groove ridden that words are not adequate to describe it. There is no filler here. There are no weak moments. There is nothing wasted. There is not a lyric, not a riff, not even a cymbal crash that is out of place.  Clutch are better musicians than most, but they are a much better band than just about everybody (there is a crucial difference). What an album it is.”

–Richard Maw, THE SLUDGELORD, (Mar. 24, 2013)

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