July 21, 2022
PHOTO: Dan Winters

Clutch shares more in common with The Grateful Dead, Rush, and the Allman Brothers than their heavy riffs and heady twists-of-phrase might suggest. Because like those bands, the supporters who adore Clutch are there for the experience, community, and authentic connection. To love Clutch is to feel a sense of ownership, membership, and belonging.

Seneca Valley High School classmates Neil Fallon (vocals), Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines (bass), and Jean-Paul Gaster (drums) share an unshakeable musical and personal bond now three decades strong. Shaped by the same region which birthed Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Rites Of SpringClutch crafts hyper-literate and libertine jams informed by hardcore fury and fuzzy, athletic, stoner rock.

Today, those classmates announce Sunrise On Slaughter Beach, the band’s thirteenth studio album – a slamming summary of everything that makes the band great and another giant leap forward into career longevity.

New bangers like Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone), Nosferatu Madre, Skeletons on Mars, Jackhammer Our Names, and Mercy Brown take their rightful place alongside Clutch classics. Sunrise On Slaughter Beach is the natural culmination of what Clutch began as teenagers in the early ‘90s.

Recorded at the The Magpie Cage Recording Studio, Baltimore, MD, the album was produced and mixed by Grammy nominated Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Royal Blood, Pixies) with additional engineering by J Robbins (Jawbreaker, Against Me!, The Sword).

Sunrise On Slaughter Beach

  1. Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)
  2. Slaughter Beach
  3. Mountain Of Bone
  4. Nosferatu Madre
  5. Mercy Brown
  6. We Strive For Excellence
  7. Skeletons On Mars
  8. Three Golden Horns
  9. Jackhammer Our Names

Clutch have shared two new songs with fans so far. The first single, Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone), was released in April to much acclaim from fans and critics alike. The track has notched 415k streams on Spotify alone with the official music video clocking up 384k YouTube views. Last month, the group unveiled We Strive For Excellence which is closing in fast on 250k Spotify streams already. The track is available digitally from all Digital Service Providers.

Jean-Paul Gaster initially thought album thirteen would be an opposite reaction to the polarisation and uncertainty of the pandemic years. Perhaps something more upbeat, in the vein of 2013’s Earth Rocker. “The more the songs took shape, the less I saw that kind of an album. Something different took shape. The record we ended up with is, in some ways, the most different record we’ve made in a long time.”

Sunrise On Slaughter Beach introduces some “firsts” into the Clutch canon: vibraphone (from Gaster), theremin (J. Robbins), and female backup vocals from singers Deborah Bond and Frenchie Davis. The album’s nine songs are a diverse ride, destined to please long-time fans and intrigue newcomers alike. It’s a new chapter in an ever-unfolding story which means as much to the fans as it does to the band.

Clutch have extensive tour plans to support the new album, including a set of US headline dates this Autumn. Joining them on that 26-date run will be Helmet and Quicksand who will be rotating the main support slot nightly and special guest JD Pinkus. Ticket for the tour are on sale now from ClutchOnTour.com.

CLUTCH – US Tour

  • Sep 13 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel 
  • Sep 15 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
  • Sep 16 – New York, NY @ Palladium Times Square
  • Sep 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Hammerjacks
  • Sep 18 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
  • Sep 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
  • Sep 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
  • Sep 23 – Louisville, KY @ Louder than Life*
  • Sep 24 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
  • Sep 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern 
  • Sep 27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues 
  • Sep 29 – Houston TX @ Warehouse Live
  • Sep 30 – Dallas, TX @ The Factory in Deep Ellum
  • Oct 01 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
  • Oct 02 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s 
  • Oct 04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
  • Oct 05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
  • Oct 07 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock*
  • Oct 08 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
  • Oct 09 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
  • Oct 10 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO 
  • Oct 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ the Depot
  • Oct 13 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium 
  • Oct 14 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
  • Oct 15 – West Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
  • Oct 16 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

*Clutch only

The band have an equally packed touring schedule outside of North America, including summer festivals, further headline dates, and a return to Europe.

CLUTCH – European Tour

  • Nov 11 – Glasgow, UK – 02 Academy 
  • Nov 12 – Newcastle, UK – 02 City Hall
  • Nov 13 – Leeds, UK – 02 Academy 
  • Nov 15 – Exeter, UK – Great Hall
  • Nov 16 – Brighton, UK – Brighton Dome
  • Nov 18 – Hannover, GER – Capitol
  • Nov 20 – Hamburg, GER – Markthalle 
  • Nov 22 – Berlin, GER – Huxley’s Neue Welt
  • Nov 23 – Munich, GER – Neue Theaterfabrik
  • Nov 24 – Wien, AT – Arena 
  • Nov 25 – Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factory 
  • Nov 26 – Milan, IT – Fabrique
  • Dec 2 – Toulouse, FR – Le Bikini 
  • Dec 3 – Lyon, FR – Le Transbordeur
  • Dec 5 – Zurich, CH – X-TRA
  • Dec 6 – Stuttgart, GER – LKA Longhorn 
  • Dec 7 – Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp
  • Dec 9 – Cologne, GER – Live Music Hall 
  • Dec 10 – Paris, FR – Bataclan
  • Dec 13 – Bristol, UK – 02 Academy 
  • Dec 14 – Birmingham, UK – 02 Academy 
  • Dec 15 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
  • Dec 16 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
  • Dec 17 – London, UK – The Roundhouse 

ABOUT CLUTCH

“There’s no question that Clutch etched themselves a name in the pantheon of great rock bands,” Lambgoat wrote in 2004. Classic Rock counted 2013’s Earth Rocker and 2015’s Psychic Warfare among the 50 Best Rock Albums of the 2010s. Rolling Stone described 2018’s Book of Bad Decisions as “bathed in the grit and liberal fuzz tone that have made their live shows legendary.” The global accolades across their acclaimed catalogue are numerous.

Live shows over the years include tours with Slayer and System Of A Down and more recent co-headlining treks with Dropkick Murphys, Killswitch Engage, and Mastodon. Like Slayer or Iron MaidenClutch outlasted rock bands anchored to “hit songs” and the pressure of replicating them. The foursome from Germantown, Maryland, isn’t bound by trends. Across thirteen studio albums and assorted releases since 1991, they’ve earned a reputation as one of the best around.

Neil Fallon likens Clutch’s longevity to the story of The Three Little Pigs. “You can quickly build a house with sticks, but it falls apart. It takes a lot longer to build it out of stone. I feel like that’s what we’ve done. This has been a marathon. It took a long time to build, but it’s gonna be here for a long time.”


CLUTCH

Neil Fallon – Vocals

Tim Sult – Guitar

Dan Maines – Bass

Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums


CLUTCH online:

Official Website

Apple Music