Clutch To Hold Fundraiser Concert Next Week

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Clutch will hold a special new streaming live event next week.

The band will perform a streamed concert May 27 titled “Live From The Doom Saloon Volume 1.  The concert, which will raise money for the nonprofit agencies MusiCares and Angel Flight, has been produced in conjunction with Sound Talent Group and LiveFrom Events.

Clutch’s concert, which is on the back of its new Weathermaker Series and its 2018 album Book of Bad Decsisions, will be available for On Demand viewing starting at 4 p.m. EST on May 28.  It will be available to watch until May 30.  Tickets are available for the May 27 show here.  The ticket price — $9 — will remain the same for the concert’s On Demand stream as for its live stream.

Crowbar, Blacktop Mojo and Saul will join Clutch as support for the concert.  Their performances will be held remotely.

Blacktop Mojo’s performance will be in support of its forthcoming EP Static, which is scheduled for release May 29.  Crowbar front man Kirk Windstein released his new solo album Dream in Motion Jan. 24 through eOne, while Crowbar’s most recent album The Serpent Only Lies was released Oct. 28 through eOne.  Saul’s performance is in support of its debut EP Aeons, which was released in March 2019.

MusiCares is a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to musicians for items, such as medical bills, rehabilitation resources and general financial aid.

Angel Flight is a network of volunteer pilots that free air transportation for people in need of medical treatment far from their homes, but who cannot afford the flights.

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Devilskin’s New Album Could Be A Green Light For The Band’s Rise To Fame

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Independent hard rock band Devilskin is officially ready to break into the mainstream.  Given the right support, this Kiwi quartet could easily become one of the next big names in the hard rock community.  That is proven through the group’s brand new album Red, which offers audiences quite a bit to appreciate from its musical and lyrical content.  That is proven in part late in the album’s 48-minute run in the form of ‘Be Like the River,’ which will be discussed shortly.  ‘All Fall Down,’ which comes early in the record’s 12-song run, is another way in which the record proves its strength.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘The Victor’ is an unexpected but welcome way in which the album shows its strength, too.  Together with ‘All Fall Down,’ ‘Be Like The River’ and the rest of the album’s songs, the record in whole proves itself to be worthy of being called one of this year’s top new independent albums.

Devilskin’s new album Red is a strong new offering from the independent hard rock outfit.  That is thanks to musical arrangements that will reach a wide range of hard rock and metal fans and lyrical themes that will reach just as many listeners if not more.  One of the most notable of the album’s songs comes late in the record’s run in the form of ‘Be Like the River.’  This song’s straight forward southern  sludge rock sound immediately lends itself to comparisons to the best works of Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity and Texas Hippie Coalition.  That is obvious in the sound from the combination of the song’s guitars and singer Jenny Skulander’s vocal delivery.  The result of those elements (and the solid time keeping and bass) is a work that will instantly grab listeners and keep them engaged and entertained right through the end of its four-minute, 15-second run time.  The heaviness and bite in the song’s arrangement is also notable because of how well it accompanies the song’s lyrical theme, which is clearly an encouragement to everyone to never give up.

The noted theme is presented right from the song’s outset as Skulander sings, “Be like the river and cut through the stone/Fight like a lion defending his home/Be like the river and cut through the bone/Never afraid that you’re ever alone/Be like the river when your soul is free/Your body will follow the flow of the stream/Be like the river when these times are hard/And gather yourself in these times we’re apart/Beneath the veneer/They get close to the nerve/And the layers of lies/And the filth they deserve/beneath the veneer, they get under the skin/And the layers of lies/And the b****** they keep within.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “Be like the river and the stars up in space/We’re touched by the beauty/And we’re touched by the grace/Be like the river and flow from the stream/And one day you’ll be a part of the sea.”  This is all very positive.  In a time when there is so much adversity around the world for a variety of reasons, a song, such as this, with its heavy music and its encouraging lyrical content is welcome and so needed.  It is just one of the songs that stands out in the bigger picture of Red.  ‘All Fall Down,’ which comes early in the album’s run, is another key addition to the album.

‘All Fall Down’ presents a musical arrangement that is distinctly different from that of ‘Be Like The River.’  Whereas ‘Be Like The River’ boasted a clear southern sludge rock sound, ‘All Fall Down’ presents a more modern hard rock tinge in its arrangement.  Its sound is easily likened to music from Halestorm.  The fire in the song’s musical arrangement plays well into the song’s seeming social commentary in its lyrical theme.

The seeming social commentary is inferred as Skulander sings in the song’s lead verse, “Fear will make you follow/Today into tomorrow/Pride too hard to swallow/Your heart and soul are hollow/Life’s a deadly game/Again, again, again, again/And now you play the sacrifice/Another life for Jesus Christ/We all fall down.”  She continues in the song’s second verse, “Where the hell’s the help/We need to break the spell/Release us from ourselves/And give us truth to tell.”  She adds in the song’s final line, “Tide is quickly drowning and we’re all about to drown/To a man we make a stand/And then we all fall down.”  It should be noted here that yes, Jesus Christ is mentioned here, but that does not mean this is an anti-religious statement, specifically.  Rather, it is more a commentary encouraging people just to think for themselves.  That is made clear as Skulander notes in both of the song’s verses, and even the chorus.  Any time people are encouraged to not become sheep, and to think for themselves, that is a good thing.  To that end, that statement, coupled with the song’s unique musical arrangement makes the song in whole another clear strong point from Red.  It is just one more of the album’s most notable works.  ‘The Victor’ is yet another key addition to the album.

‘The Victor’ is a very interesting song as its musical arrangement stands out just as much from the other songs noted here as they do from one another and from the rest of the album’s works.  This is another modern rock song arrangement, and while it boasts similarities to certain other acts, its arrangement, which is founded this time by Skulander’s vocal delivery, it still boasts its own identity apart from those songs and from the other songs featured in this record.  The guitars, bass and drums build on that foundation formed by Skulander’s vocals, fleshing out the song even more.  The approach taken, with its upbeat vibe, works well with the song’s lyrical content, which is intriguing in its own right.

The lyrical theme in this song is interesting.  It comes across as its own positive, uplifting piece, this time perhaps focusing on someone who has been through some kind of tragedy, only to be comforted by someone who responded to said tragedy.  This is inferred as Skulander sings in the song’s lead verse, “You hurt too much to understand/An instant and your life has changed/I whisper words to soothe your pain/A stranger’s arms to hold you now/An instant and your life has changed/I whisper words to soothe your pain.”  She continues in the song’s chorus, “And it’s so obvious that you’re so scared/You’re hurt too much to understand/’Cause I’m still here/You’re hanging on my every word/Broken, bleeding in the dirt/And you’re still there/Holding tight with all you’ve got/Clinging on to life and hope.”  Going back through this, that seeming message would seem to hold water.  It becomes even more possibly the case as Skulander sings in the song’s second verse, “Glass like diamonds on the road/An instant changes everything/I whisper words to soothe your pain/I hold your hand/I won’t let go/Brave as you could ever be/Hold on now and trust in me.”  It can be inferred at this point that maybe the inferred tragedy was perhaps a motor vehicle collision.  From here, the song returns to its chorus once again before adding in the final lines, “Heart to heart/We’re only human/Take my hand and we’ll get through this.”  That last line gives the song even more of a positive point.  It is as if that person is comforting the victim, reminding that person that it will be possible to get through the worst.  It is obviously a distinctly different matter from that presented in the record’s other songs.  When it is coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, the two elements together make the song in whole stand strong on its own merits and prove once more why the album in whole is well worth hearing.  That is proven even more when the song is considered alongside the rest of the album’s songs.  All things considered, they make Red one of this year’s top new independent albums.

Devilskin’s new album Red is a production that definitely is anything but cursed.  Rather, it is a strong new offering from the band that with the right support, could be the start of the band’s rise to fame domestically.  That is proven through the record’s musical and lyrical and musical content.  All three of the songs addressed here support that statement.  The same can be said of the album’s other works, too.  All things considered, they make Red a work that could be a bright green light for Devilskin’s rise to fame.  Red is available now.  More information on Red is available online along with all of Devilskin’s latest news is available online at:

 

 

 

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Clutch Debuts ‘Willie Nelson’ Video; To Release LP Box Set On Record Store Day

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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 ChinaRare 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.’

 

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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).

More information on Clutch’s latest addition to its Weathermaker Vault Series, its new LP box set and more is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Clutch Debuts Fifth Single In Its “Weathermaker Vault Series”

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Clutch released the latest addition to its Weathermaker Vault Series this week.

The band debuted a re-worked version of its hit song ‘Spacegrass‘ Thursday.  The fifth song in the band’s Weathermaker Vault Series, it is available now on all digital outlets here.

‘Spacegrass’ was originally featured in the band’s 1995 self-titled album.  Front man Neil Fallon talked about the song in a recent interview.

“The lyrics got their start originally from something [guitarist] Tim [Sult] wrote,” Fallon said.  “It involved a Dodge Swinger and Jesus.  I added some words, and one of them was ‘AstroTurf,’ but that had too many syllables, so I changed it to ‘Spacegrass’ — and the rest is history.”

Vance Powell (Wolfmother, The Raconteurs, Arctic Monkeys), a six-time Grammy Award-winner, mixed the band’s new take on its classic song.  The band’s 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.’

More information on Clutch’s latest addition to its Weathermaker Vault Series is available online along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Clutch To Join Volbeat For Upcoming North American Tour

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Clutch will join Volbeat on the road this spring.

The band will join Volbeat for the North American leg of its Rewind, Replay, Rebound World Tour. The North American leg of the tour is scheduled to launch April 4 in Tempe, AZ and to run through  May 13 in New York, NY.  It features performances in cities, such as Atlanta, GA; Irving, TX and Gran Rapids, MI.

The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available now here.

April 04 | Tempe, AZ | 98KUPD UFest
April 05 | Las Vegas, NV | The Pearl
April 07 | Denver, CO | Mission Ballroom
April 08 | Independence, MO | Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
April 10 | Irving, TX | Toyota Music Factory
April 11 | Beaumont, TX | Ford Arena
April 13 | Nashville, TN | Municipal Auditorium
April 14 | Knoxville, TN | Civic Coliseum
April 15 | Atlanta, GA | Coca-Cola Roxy
May 02 | Hershey, PA | Giant Center ^
May 05 | Youngstown, OH | Covelli Center
May 06 | Columbus, OH | Schottenstein Center
May 09 | Milwaukee, WI | Eagles Ballroom
May 10 | Grand Rapids, MI | Deltaplex
May 12 | Baltimore, MD | UMBC Event Center
May 13 | New York, NY | Pier 17

^ Special guests Gojira & The Picturebooks; Clutch will not be supporting on this date

Clutch’s upcoming tour with Volbeat is not the first time that the two bands have toured together.  Clutch supported Volbeat in 2011 during its European tour.  Front man Neil Fallon also recently offered his vocal talents for Volbeat’s song ‘Die To Live.’  Fallon also took part in the shoot for the song’s video.

More information on Clutch’s upcoming live schedule with Volbeat is available online at:

 

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Clutch Announces Year-End “Clutchmas” Shows

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Clutch is giving audiences a very special Christmas present.

The band announced this week, a trio of holiday shows scheduled to take place between Dec. 29 and 31. The group has dubbed the concert series “Clutch-mas.”

The band’s Dec. 29 show is scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C.; its Dec. 30 show in Sayreville, NJ and its New Year’s Eve show in Philadelphia, PA.  Each show will feature its own unique set list separate from the others.  The band’s Dec. 31 show will feature a full performance of its 2004 album Blast Tyrant.

Tickets for the shows are available online here.

More information on the band’s upcoming shows, which are also in support of the band’s 2018 album Book of Bad Decisions, is available online now at:

 

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Clutch Debuts ‘Fortunate Son’ Cover Video

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Clutch debuted the video Thursday for its cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s timeless song ‘Fortunate Son.’

The video’s debut came alongside the band’s release of the song as part of Weathermarker Records’ “Weathermaker Vault Series.”  Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster talked about the band’s cover of the song in a recent interview.

“Growing up, it was hard not to hear CCR’s ‘Fortunate Son’ on the radio, on TV or even at the county fair,” he said.  “The groovy backbeat and the sloshy hi hats that introduces John Fogerty’s timeless lyrics written so many years ago could be found everywhere.  While it may be true to say that ‘Fortunate Son’ could be seen as a political song, we think it’s bigger than that.  For us, ‘Fortunate Son’ is an inspirational song.  Fro that reason, we’d like to dedicate the song to the most inspirational person we’ve ever had in our lives, our late manager Jack Flanagan.  Jack Flanagan was no fortunate son.  He worked tirelessly and passionately all the while keeping a razor sharp sense of humor until his last days.  Thank you, Jack, for making us better than we ever thought we could be.”

Clutch pays tribute to Flanagan in its video, with a picture of the band’s late manager with the band members in the video’s final moments.

Clutch is preparing to return to the road in support of its latest album Book of Bad Decisions on Dec. 2 in Wiesbaden, Germany.  The band’s  upcoming European tour runs through Dec. 20 in Nottingham, Great Britain.  Tickets for the band’s European shows are available here.

Following that run, the band will take some time off to rest and recharge before returning to North America for a short run of dates, including an already sold out date Dec. 28 in Asheville, NC.

Tickets for the band’s North American dates are available here.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

2 Dec (Mon) – Wiesbaden, GER @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
3 Dec (Tue) – Oberhausen, GER @ Turbinenhalle
5 Dec (Thu) – Bremen, GER @ Aladin Music Hall
6 Dec (Fri) – Nuremberg, GER @ Löwensaal
*7 Dec (Sat) – Strasbourg, FRA @ La Laiterie
8 Dec (Sun) – Villeurbanne, FRA @ Transbordeur
10 Dec (Tue) – Barcelona, ESP @ Sala Apolo
*11 Dec (Wed) – Madrid, ESP @ Sala But
13 Dec (Fri) – Madrid, ESP @ Sala But
14 Dec (Sat) – Bilbao, ESP @ Santana 27
15 Dec (Sun) – Bordeaux, FRA @ Le Rocher de Palmer
17 Dec (Tue) – Southampton, GBR @ O2 Guildhall
18 Dec (Wed) – London, GBR @ Roundhouse
19 Dec (Thu) – Leeds, GBR @ O2 Academy
*20 Dec (Fri) – Nottingham, GBR @ Rock City
27 Dec (Fri) – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
*28 Dec (Sat) – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
29 Dec (Sun) – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
30 Dec (Mon) – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
31 Dec (Tue) – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
*Sold out

More information on Clutch’s upcoming tour dates, video and more is available online now at:

 

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