Clutch (band)

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Clutch performing at First Avenue in Minneapolis, 2007
Background information
Origin Germantown, Maryland, U.S.
Years active1991–present
Labels Atlantic, Columbia, DRT, Earache, Eastwest, Inner Journey, Megaforce, River Road, Weathermaker
Associated acts The Bakerton Group, Five Horse Johnson, The Company Band
Members Tim Sult
Dan Maines
Jean-Paul Gaster
Neil Fallon
Past membersMick Schauer
Roger Smalls

Clutch is an American rock band from Germantown, Maryland. [6] [7] Since its formation in 1991, the band line-up has included Tim Sult (lead guitar), Dan Maines (bass), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), and Neil Fallon (vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards). To date, Clutch has released twelve studio albums, and several rarities and live albums. Since 2008 the band have been signed to their own record label, Weathermaker. [1]

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Tim Sult American musician

Richard Timothy ”Tim” Sult is the guitarist for hard rock band Clutch. He is also the guitarist for an instrumental side project, The Bakerton Group, and an occasional member of the reggae rock / stoner rock band Lionize, as well as recently formed band Deep Swell. Sult has remained the guitarist for Clutch since the group started in 1990.



Early years and breakthrough: 1991–2003

Clutch was formed in 1991 [8] by Dan Maines (bass), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), Tim Sult (guitar), and Roger Smalls (vocals) in Germantown, Maryland. Before settling on the name Clutch, the band used the early names Glut Trip and Moral Minority. Smalls soon departed and was replaced by Neil Fallon, a longtime schoolmate of the other members at Seneca Valley High School. The band quickly gained notice through constant touring. The 12" single Passive Restraints on the Earache label was Clutch’s first commercial release, garnering attention from other labels. Their debut LP, Transnational Speedway League , was released in 1993. It was followed by a self-titled album two years later that gained Clutch mainstream exposure. The band moved to the larger Columbia label for the 1998 album The Elephant Riders . [1] They followed it in 1999 with a self-released groove-based album Jam Room .

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<i>Clutch</i> (Clutch album) 1995 studio album by Clutch

Clutch is the second full-length album by the band Clutch which was released in May 1995; the second and last for East West Records, a now defunct sub-label of Warner Bros. Records.

<i>The Elephant Riders</i> 1998 studio album by Clutch

The Elephant Riders is the third full-length album by the band Clutch, released April 14, 1998 on Columbia Records, the only album Clutch made for the label.

The album Pure Rock Fury was released by Atlantic Records in 2001. The title track was initially released as the first single. The program director for North Carolina rock station WXQR (Rock 105), Brian Rickman, suggested that the label switch singles to another track from the album, "Careful with that Mic". Atlantic did so, and Clutch achieved a surprise hit single. The follow-up tracks, "Immortal" and "Open Up the Border", were also well received by American rock stations. In 2003 they issued Live at the Googolplex and the rarities record Slow Hole to China .

<i>Pure Rock Fury</i> 2001 studio album by Clutch

Pure Rock Fury is the fifth full-length album by the band Clutch released on March 13, 2001, and is the only album release with Atlantic Records. The album liner notes state that it is dedicated to Ronnie True.

Atlantic Records American record label

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<i>Live at the Googolplex</i> 2002 live album by Clutch

Live at the Googolplex is a live album by rock band Clutch, compiled from various live recordings on the Pure Rock Fury tour. Sources differ on the album's recording dates. According to some sources, it was recorded in Chicago, IL ; Montreal, Quebec ; Kansas City, KS and Columbus, OH on the tour dates of February 19 & 21, March 1 & 2 in 2002 and in early 2003, on the Pure Rock Fury North American tour; but it could also have been from 2001 and 2002 era recordings.

Commercial and critical success: 2004–2011

The album Blast Tyrant was released in 2004, their first for DRT Records. The band once again enjoyed more rock radio airplay and heavy rotation on the Music Choice cable service thanks to the single "The Mob Goes Wild". Its accompanying video was directed by Bam Margera, and featured Margera’s Viva La Bam co-stars; Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, and Don Vito. The video was filmed at Rex's in West Chester, Pennsylvania. [9] The 2005 release Pitchfork & Lost Needles combined Clutch's 1991 Pitchfork 7-inch release with previously unreleased demos and early tracks. In 2005 the band saw their first lineup change since the early 1990s with the addition of organist Mick Schauer, who performed on the albums Robot Hive/Exodus (2005) and From Beale Street to Oblivion (2007). The later album was produced by Joe Barresi who has also produced for Kyuss, Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, and Tool.

<i>Blast Tyrant</i> album by Clutch

Blast Tyrant is the sixth full-length studio album by the band Clutch and was released March 23, 2004, but has since had a reissue on May 10, 2011. It was the first release with DRT Entertainment by the band.

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<i>Viva La Bam</i> television series

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The band’s first live DVD, Full Fathom Five , and accompanying CD, produced and directed by Agent Ogden, were released in September 2008. The band also released a remastered version of Slow Hole to China: Rare and Unreleased on April 28, 2009. The band’s ninth studio album Strange Cousins from the West , was released on July 14, 2009. Songs from the album were played live on tour prior to the album’s recording. A two-disc DVD set Clutch Live at the 9:30 was released on May 11, 2010 by the band's own label, Weathermaker Music. The set includes the entire December 28, 2009 show at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 club, in which the band performed its entire 1995 self-titled LP.

<i>Full Fathom Five: Video Field Recordings</i> 2008 live album by Clutch

Full Fathom Five is a live DVD by the band Clutch. The full name of the DVD is Full Fathom Five: Video Field Recordings, differentiating from the accompanying album release Full Fathom Five. The DVD was released on November 11, 2008. The DVD has four cities venues recorded at on it, as opposed to the Album which only has three venues, them being:

<i>Full Fathom Five</i> (album) album by Clutch

Full Fathom Five is a live album by the band Clutch. The full name of the album is Full Fathom Five: Audio Field Recordings, differentiating from the accompanying DVD release Full Fathom Five: Video Field Recordings. The DVD and Album differ in that four cities recorded at are on the DVD, but the album has only three cities, being:

<i>Slow Hole to China: Rare and Unreleased</i> 2003 compilation album by Clutch

Slow Hole to China: Rare and Unreleased is an album by the band Clutch, consisting of various previously unreleased recordings, released in 2003. Clutch has since released a remastered reissue of the album on April 28, 2009, re-titled Slow Hole to China: Rare and Re-Released.

On May 10, 2011, Clutch reissued their 2004 album Blast Tyrant on Weathermaker Music. The new edition contained a bonus album known as Basket of Eggs that includes unreleased songs as well as acoustic versions of previous hits. [10] [11] In its first week of release Blast Tyrant sold close to three thousand copies nationally, landing it at No. 26 on the Billboard Hard Rock Top 100, more than seven years after the original version debuted at No. 15.

Recent releases: 2012–present

On June 10, 2012, the band released a new single, "Pigtown Blues", on iTunes, backed with an acoustic version of "Motherless Child" from Strange Cousins from the West .

On March 16, 2013 Clutch released their tenth album Earth Rocker which entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 15 giving Clutch their highest chart position to date. It remained on the chart for a total of five weeks. The album also reached No. 4 on iTunes' overall Top 100 album charts and was No. 1 on their rock chart. Earthrocker won Album of the Year 2013 from British publication Metalhammer , and was rated highly on many rock and metal magazines' and websites' end-of-the-year "top-tens".

In an interview on January 7, 2015 with music and entertainment company 88 Miles West, Fallon stated that the band was heading to Dripping Springs, Texas, to record their upcoming eleventh album. Fallon states the venture to Texas was due to the relocation of record producer Machine, with whom they worked on Blast Tyrant and Earth Rocker, and who recently opened a new studio there. He stated in the interview that "Septemberish, give or take a couple of months" is when they hope to release the new album. [12]

Their eleventh studio album is titled Psychic Warfare , and was released October 2, 2015. Fallon said the concept is influenced by science fiction author Philip K. Dick. "His general philosophy and questions have always crept into my lyrics, because I share an interest in it", he added. "On Earth Rocker, 'Crucial Velocity' was definitely a Philip Dick song for me. On this record, 'X-Ray Visions' certainly is." Gaster described the new material as more diverse than ever. [13]

In April 2018, Neil Fallon announced through the radio station The Eagle Rocks that the band's twelfth studio album would be titled Book of Bad Decisions . The album was released on September 7, 2018. [14] The album was recorded at Sputnik Sound Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, with producer and engineer Vance Powell.

Other projects

In the late 1990s, Clutch and its sibling project The Bakerton Group (an instrumental jam band composed of all four Clutch members) formed an independent record label, River Road Records, to release their own music. River Road does not sign any other artists. The Bakerton Group has released one three-track EP titled Space Guitars and two full-length albums titled The Bakerton Group and El Rojo respectively. Clutch/Bakerton Group now runs its own independent record label for its own releases, Weathermaker Music.

Clutch members also feature in several other musical projects. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster made an appearance on the album The Mystery Spot by blues-rock band Five Horse Johnson. The album was released on May 23, 2006 via Small Stone Records. [15] In 2007, Gaster collaborated with Opeth keyboardist Per Wiberg and Kamchatka guitarist Thomas Andersson in a band called King Hobo, which has thus far released one album. [16] Gaster also appears on the album Punctuated Equilibrium by Scott “Wino” Weinrich, released via Southern Lord Records in 2009. In 2012, guitarist Tim Sult formed the side-project Deep Swell with drummer Jesse Shultzaberger and bassist Logan Kilmer of The Woodshedders and vocalist Briena Pearl. In October 2013 the album Lore Of The Angler was released on Weathermaker Music. [17] Sult also plays in the reggae rock band Lionize.

Neil Fallon has provided guest vocals on the songs “Joey” on Shameless by Therapy?; “Two Coins for Eyes” and “Empire’s End” on the 2008 album Beyond Colossal by Swedish stoner rock band Dozer; “Crazy Horses” (a cover of a song by The Osmonds) by Throat; “Slippin' Out” by Never Got Caught; “Mummies Wrapped in Money” by Lionize; “Fearless Force” for early New York Hardcore band The Mob; “Blood and Thunder” by Mastodon on their 2004 album Leviathan ; “New Trip” on Seed of Decade by Sixty Watt Shaman; “Transistors Of Mercy” by Polkadot Cadaver; “Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla” on Savages by Soulfly; “Everything Is Not Going To Be OK” by Black Clouds and “Clear Light Of...” by Hark. Fallon is also the singer for The Company Band as well as Dunsmuir, the collaboration with former Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell drummer Vinny Appice. [18]


Former members


Studio albums

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