So what are Clutch up to? A little bit of writing? A little bit of touring? Maybe hosting their own festival? All of the above, as it turns out. The ever-industrious Marylander groovemasters have announced a headlining run for May, starting in Asheville, North Carolina, and ending in Inwood, West Virginia, where they’ll host the first-ever Earth Rocker Festival. Lineup still forthcoming on that, but I’m of course curious to see who’ll be added to the bill and will do my best to keep an eye on it as we get closer.
In the meantime, vocalist Neil Fallon also states below that the band has started to put together material for a follow-up to 2015’s Psychic Warfare (review here). He seems pretty realistic when he says it’ll more likely be a 2018 release — that’s about on pace; an album every three years, tour the hell out of it between — but it’s interesting to note the producer is TBA. Their last two outings were helmed by Machine, who also handled 2004’s Blast Tyrant, so more intrigue there as to whether they’ll go back to him or wind up working with someone else. Seems like we’ve got a while before we find out on that one.
The PR wire brings us up to speed:
CLUTCH ANNOUNCE MAY HEADLINE TOUR DATES ALONG WITH FIRST ANNUAL EARTH ROCKER FESTIVAL AT SHILEY ACRES IN INWOOD, WV
Clutch has just announced a string of headline tour dates for May. Supporting the tour will be Lucero and The Sword. The band is also pleased to announce their first annual Earth Rocker Festival at Shiley Acres in Inwood, WV on May 20th. Full line-up to be announced soon. Pre-sale tickets will start at 10am ET Wednesday, public stale starts 10am ET on Friday.
Ticket info available here: https://ticket.artistarena.com/events/24585
“We did a whole bunch of touring in 2016” states the band’s front man Neil Fallon. “Right now, we’re cooling our heels and starting to kick around some riffs for the next record. We hope to be recording the LP come the end of the year. Where and with whom is yet TBD. At the moment though, we’re really just at the beginning phase of writing and we already have a surplus of ideas.”
“In other news, this Spring we will be hosting the first annual Earth Rocker Festival. It’ll take place in Shiley Acres, West Virginia. We played at Shiley Acres last year and it was a real blast. Our intent is to have a really diverse bill. If all goes as planned, Earth Rocker Festival will continue as an annual event, hopefully growing in scope over the years.”
On Record Store Day this past April 16th Clutch released a limited edition numbered etched vinyl 12 inch that included two previously unreleased tracks from the Psychic Warfare sessions: “Mad Sidewinder” and “Outland Special Clearance”. Psychic Warfare was produced by longtime producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die).
Clutch, Lucero and The Sword May Tour Dates:
05-10-17 in Asheville, NC at Highland Brewing Company
05-12-17 in Louisville, KY at Palace Theatre
05-13-17 in Grand Rapids, MI at 20 Monroe Live
05-15-17 in Brooklyn, NY at Brooklyn Steel
05-16-17 in Providence, RI at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
05-17-17 in Port Chester, NY at The Capitol Theatre
05-19-17 in Norfolk, VA at The NorVa
05-20-17 in Inwood, WV at “Earth Rocker Festival” at Shiley Acres
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion