Just as The Chieftains popularized Celtic Folk, Clutch has been one of the primary groups to bring Stoner Rock
and Alt Metal to a broader audience. Over the course of Clutch’s 23-year
history, the quartet has recorded 10 studio albums — their latest, Earth Rocker,
is slated for a March 19 release — as well as a handful of live and
B-sides/rarities collections, and seen its songs used in a variety of
typical and unusual applications, including film (Escape From New York, Haggard), television (Fox NFL and NASCAR presentations, Moonshiners, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead), radio (bumpers for Alex Jones and Nights with Alice Cooper) and video games (Need for Speed Pro Street, Left 4 Dead 2, Prey, Hitman: Contracts).
From nearly the beginning, Clutch has consisted of
vocalist/guitarist Neil Fallon, lead guitarist/vocalist Tim Sult,
bassist/vocalist Dan Maines and drummer Jean-Paul Gaster.
started in 1990 as Glut Trip with frontman Roger Smalls, but he soon
departed and was replaced by Fallon, who changed the band’s name and
musical direction. The switch to a sludgier Stoner Rock/Groove
Metal/Southern Rock vibe proved to be a wise choice, as Clutch’s
audience grew in size and loyalty through constant touring and label
affiliations both indie and major.
Five years ago, after a string of unsatisfactory
experiences, Clutch formed Weathermaker Music, its own label, and has
been releasing its own albums since that time (the only other acts on
Weathermaker are the two Clutch side projects, The Company Men and The
With hair-raising volume and a low end that alters
heartbeats and brain waves, Clutch is the soundtrack for your hot sludge
CLUTCH performs Friday, March 8 at Bogart's in Corryville with guests Orange Goblin, Lionize and Scorpion Child. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.