Clutch Debuts Re-Worked Take Of Its Classic Song ‘Passive Restraints’

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Clutch has teamed with Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe for one of its classic songs.

The band debuted a re-worked version of its song ‘Passive Restraints‘ and its video Thursday. Clutch originally featured the song in its 1992 EP. The new re-worked version of the song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album Weathermaker Vault Series Volume 1, which is scheduled for release Nov. 27.

The re-worked song’s musical arrangement is everything that audiences have come to expect from Clutch. The addition of Blythe’s trademark growls and his more unique low vocal delivery adds a special touch to the song, enhancing it even more.

The video for the band’s new song was directed by David Brodsky (The Black Dahlia Murder, Papa Roach). It puts Blythe alongside Clutch’s band members in a studio setting as they perform the song.

Front man Neil Fallon talked about the song’s re-issue in a recent interview.

“Passive Restraints’ was one of the first Clutch songs I wrote lyrics to,” said Fallon. “It was a staple of Clutch sets for years but fell by the wayside as we wrote more and more songs over the years. When we toured with Lamb of God a few years back, Randy would often ask us to bring it back into rotation. We dragged our feet, and finally, we caved. And we were glad we did. The last time Clutch played Copenhell, Randy joined us on stage to perform the song. We decided to re-record it for the WM Vault Series and thought it was only fitting to have Randy join us.”

Blythe expanded on Fallon’s comments.

“When Clutch asked if I wanted to sing an older song with them during our 2016 tour together, I knew immediately which one I wanted to do- ‘Passive Restraints said Blythe. “We performed it in Milwaukee, then again a few years later at Copenhell Fest in Denmark, and I had a blast both times. I think they were a bit surprised I chose a song released in 1992, but I’ve been a fan for a long time. I’ve followed their development as a band since the early days and have enjoyed every album, but as a musician, I know sometimes it’s fun to dust off something you haven’t played in many years and see how it sounds. The song holds up to this day, and I was honored to sing on its re-release.” 

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Clutch Sets Oct. 24 For ‘The Obelisk’ Vinyl Collection

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The members of Clutch are hoping that the third time will be the charm for its long-awaited The Obelisk box set.

The band is scheduled to release the collection of vinyls Oct. 24. The box set, which contains all of the band’s albums released through Weathermaker Music on vinyl, was originally scheduled for release on Record Store Day in April, but plans changed, forcing the set’s release to March. That release was then delayed again until this week.

The band’s Weathermaker Music catalog is composed of the albums Full Fathom Five, Live at the Googolplex, Jam Room, Pitchfork & Lost Needles, La Curandera, Strange Cousins From The West, Blast Tyrant, Robot Hive/Exodus, From Beale Street To Oblivion, Earth Rocker, Psychic Warfare, and Book of Bad Decisions.

Most of the records noted will spread across 2 discs. Live at the Googolplex and Jam Room will each present on a picture disc platform.

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‘Radical Waves’ Is A Musical Wave That Stoner Rock Fans Will Enjoy Riding

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The world of stoner rock has produced a variety if notable names throughout its history.  From the likes of Clutch, Queens of the Stone Age, and Fu Manchu, to Fireball Ministry, Kyuss, The Sword and more, stoner rock fans have a lot of bands from which to choose as their favorite(s).  Fans of the genre added another option to that list Friday with the release of Volcanova’s debut album Radical Waves.  The 10-song record will appeal to any fan of the genre in part because of its musical arrangements.  They will be addressed shortly.  The album’s lyrical content works with its musical arrangements to add even more appeal for audiences.  It will be addressed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out is most important elements and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here does its own key part for the whole of Radical Waves.  All things considered, they make the album a work that stoner rock fans will find radical in itself.

Fledgling stoner rock band Volcanova’s debut album Radical Waves is a good start for the group.  It is a work that will appeal to a wide range of the genre’s fans.  That is due in part to its musical arrangements.  From start to the end of the 42-minute record, the guitar-driven arrangements display all of the trademarks of the stoner rock genre.  The fuzz effect is there in the guitars as is the nuanced effect of the drums, with their heavy, thundering approach and the equally heavy low-end from the bass alongside the gritty, semi-screaming vocals.  That is not all that is exhibited throughout the record’s arrangements.  The noted instrumentation and styles also boasts a clear doom rock influence a la Black Sabbath.  ‘M.O.O.D.,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is one of the most notable of those arrangements that couples the doom and stoner influences.  One could go so far as to argue that the combination of the elements with this heavy, plodding composition is comparable to works from Crowbar.  Front man Samuel Asgeirsson’s vocal delivery couples with the noted heavy, fuzzed guitars, drummer Dagur Atlason’s time keeping and bassist Pornsteinn Arnason’s low-end to make the song’s arrangement a rich, heavy composition.  Asgeirsson’s vocal delivery style is very much like that of Crowbar front man Kirk Windstein and Fireball Minsitry front man James A. Rota.  His stylistic approach on guitar is instantly comparable to works from Queens of the Stone Age, Fireball Ministry, and Kyuss.  Much the same can be said of the drumming style from Atlason.

‘I’m Off’ is another notable of the album’s most notable arrangements.  Where ‘M.O.O.D.’ exhibits doom and stoner influences, ‘I’m Off’ is more of a pure stoner rock composition.  Its driving, fuzzed guitar approach, heavy low-end and drumming is immediately likened to works from Queens of the Stone Age in its own right.  Asgeirsson’s vocal delivery here continues to show that Kirk Windstein type approach.  The end result is a presentation that again will appeal to a wide range of stoner rock fans in its own right.

‘Sushi Sam’ is another way in which the album’s musical arrangements prove their value to its presentation.  Yes, the stoner rock sound that is so evident throughout the album is just as evident here as anywhere else on the record.  What is most important to note here is that while the stoner rock influence is as clear as ever here, the stylistic approach in this work is more of a classic rock vibe than something modern.  The use of the cowbell, the guitar solo and general arrangement gives the song that throwback vibe. There is also something in the song’s production that adds to that sense, considering the sound of the drums and guitars.  This will be addressed later.  Keeping in mind the arrangement here, that of the other songs noted and those of the rest of the album’s songs, the arrangement in whole leave little doubt as to their importance.  They collectively give audiences plenty to appreciate.  The arrangements are but one part of what makes Radical Waves a presentation that stoner rock fans will find worth hearing.  The album’s lyrical content presents its own interest.

The lyrical content featured throughout the course of Radical Waves’ nearly 43-minute run is varied in its own right.  ‘I’m Off’ is one of the most interesting of the song’s lyrical presentations.  Considering what is decipherable without a lyrics sheet to reference, the song comes across as a work that just celebrates having a good time.  Asgeirson leaves little doubt as to that as he sings in the song’s chorus, “We’re gonna get f*****’ wasted tonight.”  He additionally states, “bring a six-pack/Light a cigarette/We’re gonna get f*****’ wasted tonight.”  This critic does not advocate drug and alcohol use of any kind, as a reminder.  That aside, what the band infers overall between this note and the rest of the song’s lyrical content is that noted theme of enjoying life and making the most of a situation.  It is a celebration of sorts, which would explain the high energy in the song’s musical arrangement.  To that end, it will connect with audiences, ensuring their entertainment and engagement in its own right.  It is just one way in which the album’s lyrical content proves important.  ‘Super Duper Van’ is another key addition to the album in regards to its lyrical content.

‘Super Duper Van’ is a full on psychedelic stoner rock song.  While much of the song’s lyics are indecipherable sans lyrics, just enough is understandable that the noted content is clear.  There is a mention here of “eating a mushroom” (I.E. drug use), and “taking a never-ending ride in outer space.”  There is also mention in this song of putting the pedal to the metal and going on a ride across the desert sands.  The song’s companion video adds to the psychedelia with the band going on a ride in a car that they imagine is a van, which apparently goes into outer space after the pair goes on a trip from drinking some kind of liquid.  The group even goes so far as to even eat some moon cheese during the seemingly drug-induced trip.  Simply put, it can be inferred from the video and what lyrics can be understood, that this song is apparently an old school stoner rock work in every sense of the word. It will appeal to the noted listeners, too.   To that end, it shows even more why this album will appeal to its target audience, and is just one more way in which it does so.  ‘M.O.O.D.’ is yet another was in which the album’s lyrical content proves worth examining.

‘M.O.O.D.’ comes across as being a work about people who are not all that they seem.  This is inferred as Asgeirsson sings about the person being “covered in shame and lies/Behind your perfect wall.”  He adds what sounds like, “It’s not at all so sweet.”  The rest of the song’s lyrical content that follows is similar in style, difficult as it is to decipher.  Enough is just barely able to be understood that it helps to further illustrate the noted message.  To that end, the song will connect with listeners in its own way, too.  Between this song’s lyrical content, that of the other examined songs and of the rest of the album’s songs, the whole of that content proves to offer its own share of engagement and entertainment for audiences.  It still is not the last of the album’s most notable elements.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.

The production of Radical Waves is an interesting aspect.  That is because it is both good and bad.  It is good in that considering how much is going on throughout each song, it is clear painstaking efforts were taken to balance everything.  For the most part, the instrumentation was handled well through the production.  None of the instruments overpowers the other at any point.  On the other hand, the vocals many times sounded washed out and airy.  Asgeirsson’s vocals are difficult to understand at time as a result of this approach.  It sounds like in many cases, that airy effect was intentional.  And if in fact that was the case, it was a bad effect to use.  At other times, it feels like the vocals just blend in too much with the instrumentation.  Now all of this is not to say that the production is a loss.  Again, the balance of the guitars, bass and drums works relatively well here.  It is just that one aspect of the vocals and how they are joined with the instruments.  All of this in mind, it makes the album’s production at least somewhat of a positive to the album’s presentation.  When this is considered along with the album’s overall content, it all comes together to make the album a presentation that stoner rock fans will agree is worth hearing at least once.

Volcanova’s debut album Radical Waves is a positive start for the up-and-coming band.  It is a presentation that stoner rock fans will find worth hearing at least once.  That is due in part to its musical arrangements.  The arrangements exhibit more than just a stoner rock sound and style.  They also display doom rock influences to varying degrees throughout the album.  The album’s lyrical content will generate its own interest among listeners.  The record’s production adds to its interest even being slightly flawed.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this album.  All things considered they make Radical Waves a musical wave that stoner rock fans will enjoy riding at least once.  Radical Waves is available now through The Sign Records.  More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at http://www.facebook.com/volcanova.

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The Sword Launches New “Live” Series

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Stoner rock band The Sword launched a new weekly live series this week.

The band debuted a three-song “mini-set” Thursday through Consequence of Sound.  The first performance is streaming here, as well as through CoS.

Dubbed the “Conquest of Quarantine,” the three song set was recently recorded by the band during a virtual lockdown jam session.  It marked the first time since the band went on hiatus in 2018 that the band had performed together.

One more song will debut from the band each coming week as part of the “mini-set.”

The Sword’s recent jam session was the result of a tour with Primus that was halted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  That tour was is now rescheduled and expected to start June 9 in Houston, TX.  It is scheduled to run through July 19 in Cincinnati, OH and feature performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Essex Junction, VT, and Philadelphia, PA.

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

 

June 9 – Houston, Texas @ Revention Music Center*

June 11 – Irving, Texas @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*

June 12 – Austin, Texas @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater*

June 13 – New Orleans, La. @ Saenger Theatre*

June 15 – Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Live*

June 16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Coca-Cola Roxy*

June 20 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre*

June 22 – Asheville, N.C. @ Exploreacheville.com Arena*

June 23 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater*

June 25 – Richmond, Va. @ Virginia Credit Union Live!*

June 26 – Baltimore, Md. @ MECU Pavilion*

June 27 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Stage AE*

June 29 – Essex Junction, Vt. @ Midway Law at Champlain Valley Expo*

July 1 – Westbrook, Maine @ Main Savings Pavilion at Rock Row*

July 2 – Wallingford, Ct. @ Oakdale Theatre*

July 5 – Lafayette, N.Y. @ Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards (no the Sword)

July 6 – Boston, Mass. @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*

July 8 – New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre*

July 9 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage*

July 10 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Met*

July 13 – Toronto, Ont. @ RBC Echo Beach*

July 15 – Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live! Outdoor*

July 16 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*

July 17 – Sterling Heights, Mich. @ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre*

July 19 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ PNC Pavilion*

 

In other news, The Sword released two hits collections from The Sword June 19, Chronology2006 – 2018 and Conquest of Kingdoms.  Chronology2006 – 2018 is a three-CD set features the band’s biggest hits, fan favorites, rarities and previously unreleased songs.  Its track count totals 52 (yes, 52) songs.  Additionally it features liner notes penned by the band’s members and some other well-known names — Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Mark Morton (Lamb of God) and Neil Fallon (Clutch).

Conquest of Kingdoms is a three-LP vinyl set that features previously unreleased songs, b-sides, oddities and live performances.  Its track listing totals 30 songs.

More information on The Sword’s new “mini-set,” rescheduled live dates and more is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.theswordofficial.com

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The Band Will Play On: Clutch Takes Set Lists For European Festival Shows Online

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Clutch is not letting the COVID-19 pandemic stop the music.

The band announced Friday that it is taking its 2020 Festival Summer online.  According to information presented in a news release about the decision, the band has reached out to organizers of festivals across Europe to curate set lists that it was going to perform at shows at which it was scheduled to perform, and to post them online.

Among the European festivals at which the band was scheduled to perform were the Ramblin’ Man Festival, Tsunami Festival, and Sziget Festival. The set list for the Ramblin’ Man Festival, up first, is accessible here.  The schedule for the rest of the shows is noted below.

 

Pol’And’Rock, Poland July 20th
Metal Days, Slovenia on July 28th
Tsunami Festival, Spain on Aug 1st
Into The Grave, NL on Aug. 7th
Sziget Festival, Hungary on Aug. 11th
Poolbar, Austria on Aug. 13th

 

Clutch will notify fans of each set list’s posting along with the festivals’ organizers through their respective social media outlets.

Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster talked about the band’s decision to take its set lists online during a recent interview.

“The opportunity to perform at summertime festivals in Europe is very special to us,” he said.  “The shows we play and the bands we get to see are experiences we look forward to every year. We can’t wait to return to Europe and be a part of these legendary festivals in 2021! Until then, we hope Clutch fans from around the world will enjoy these Festival playlists. Take care and see y’all soon!”

More information on Clutch’s European festivals set lists is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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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.

More information on Clutch’s upcoming concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/clutchband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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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:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.devilskin.co.nz

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DevilskinNZ

Twitter: http://twitter.com/devilskinNZ

 

 

 

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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:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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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:

 

Website: http://www.pro-rock.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/clutchofficial

 

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