Clutch made another addition to its Weathermaker Vault Series this week.
The band debuted the video for its re-recorded song ‘Willie Nelson‘ Friday. The video features the band performing its new single in a house while men in military-style outfits search for a man throughout the house and eventually track him down. The song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from Clutch while its lyrical content is certain to generate its own share of interest and discussion.
The news release announcing the song and video’s debut does not offer an explanation about the song’s lyrical content. However, the mentions of helicopters and “black jack booted demons” surrounding a home, coupled with the chorus statement that “I don’t know if I’m coming or going/If it’s them or me/One thing’s for certain/Willie Nelson only smokes killer weed” is leans toward perhaps a message of someone who is having a lot of issues.
What front man Neil Fallon does note in the aforementioned press release is that while the song is considered “new,” it is in fact an old work.
“‘Willie Nelson’ is a song we wrote close to 20 years ago,” he said. “It started making appearances in our sets recently, so we figured now was a good time to re-record it. This time around, Shawna Potter (War on Women) added back-up vocals and is in the video as well. And for what it’s worth, ‘Red Headed Stranger’ gets regular play on our tour bus.”
The newly re-recorded take of ‘Willie Nelson’ was re-recorded and mixed by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Jawbreaker, the Sword, Against Me!). The song was originally released on Clutch’s 2003 album Slow Hole to China: Rare and Unreleased.
‘Willie Nelson’ is the sixth song to be added to Clutch’s Weathermaker Series. The series’ fifth single, ‘Spacegrass,’ was released last month.
The band’s other past entries in its Weathermaker Vault Series are its cover of Creedence Clearwater’s ‘Fortunate Son,’ ‘Electric Worry,’ ‘Precious & Grace‘ and a cover of Cactus’ take of Willie Dixon’s ‘Evil.’
Along with the new release of ‘Willie Nelson,’ Clutch also recently announced it will release ‘The Obelisk’ LP box set for Record Store Day. Record Store Day was scheduled to take place April 18 at independent record stores nationwide. However, the spread of the COVID-19 virus has caused the big day to be postponed until at least summer.
‘The Obelisk’ LP box set features all of Clutch’s albums released through Weathermaker as well as a turntable mat and square and artist signed lithograph. The records featured in the set are: Full Fathom Five (2xLP), Live At The Googolplex (Picture Disc), Jam Room (Picture Disc). Pitchfork & Lost Needles (Picture Disc), La Curandera, Strange Cousins From The West (2xLP),Blast Tyrant (2xLP), Robot Hive/Exodus (2xLP), From Beale Street To Oblivion (2xLP) Earth Rocker, Psychic Warfare, and Book Of bad Decisions (2xLP).
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