Dec. 6, 2012 02:08

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Nearly a quarter-century into it, Clutch’s motor keeps on humming


Clutch released its first album, Transnational Speedway League, in 1993. Since then, the band has made many albums full of hard rock, heavy metal, blues, funk and punk, and toured the world playing honest, high-octane music when the group isn’t hanging out back at home in Germantown, Maryland. After so many years—and with so many other genres (electronica, hip-hop, et. al.) to compete with—why do fans all across the globe continue to demand rock ’n‘ roll? Tim Sult, Clutch’s lead guitarist since Day One, has an answer.

“I think it’s because rock is a form of music that people enjoy seeing performed live,” he says.

After roughly 23 years playing in front of audiences with Clutch, Sult should know. “For rock bands it’s very important to put on a good live performance, but I think it’s also a necessary trait for any group, whether they play EBM or hip-hop.”

A band can make a lot of mistakes over the course of a career, but to Sult the worst error is simply quitting.

“Too many bands want to sign on to a big label before they go on tour,” he explains. “They don’t want to go out on the road without a major label to sponsor them.” Clutch spent years playing anywhere it could. “You have to play a lot of live shows to build up a good fan base.”

Currently on tour, Clutch has the opportunity to show off a few of the new songs from its latest album, Earth Rocker. The new release is slated to drop on March 13, 2013.

“It was a long time coming,.” Sult reveals. “We spent a lot of hours working in the studio, so I’m glad we’re done.”

Good thing, too, because the axe-man admits he prefers playing on the road to being locked up inside a studio. The hard labor paid off, though. “The recording is perfect,” Sult says. “It just sounds like a very sharp production.”

As far as the guitarist is concerned, Earth Rocker is the best, heaviest collection of rock and metal compositions the band has ever created. “Honestly, it feels like a cross between our first LP and the Robot Hive/Exodus album [from 2005].”

Fans can also expect a less vintage-y sound from the new release.

“Our old albums can sound more like classic rock, but this certainly sounds like an album from the ’90s and 2000s,” Sult says.

The hard-edged band even included an acoustic track on Earth Rocker—hold the “Kumbaya” jokes, please.

“We decided to take a chance with this one,” Sult says. “Sometimes a heavy metal band will write an acoustic song. It either works or it doesn’t.”

And with the band slated to perform in Colorado—an MMJ state that just legalized cannabis for adults 21 and over—Sult shared his compassionate views.

“I’m totally fine with medical marijuana,” he says. “There seems to be plenty of evidence of its medicinal properties.”




Live in Concert

Performing Dec. 21 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver.


Still Rockin‘

The last album Clutch released, 2009’s Strange Cousins from the West, didn’t do to shabby considering it wasn’t produced by Kanye or written by Lady Gaga. It debuted at a not-too-shabby No. 38 on the Billboard 200. But why the four-year wait between albums? “We all felt like it had been too long,” Clutch guitarist Tim Sult says. “We had spent a lot of time compiling ideas for songs without recording any . . . Our motivation was to write the best record we possibly could,” The ploy worded as “the songs came out heavier and faster than anything we’ve done before.” he says. Fans of Clutch, rest assured the band hasn’t gotten soft with age.
Aug. 6, 2015 - 11:29
Available through Always Greenest Delivery.This Romulan ’91 nug is so frosty, it almost looks like a tiny disco ball! There are so many trichromes covering the excellent structure, it’s easy...
Aug. 6, 2015 - 10:46
Available at Delta-9 T.H.C. in Wilmington.Saturn is the most spectacular planet in our solar systems and of all the planetary named strains, Saturn OG is considered to rank right up there with th...
Aug. 6, 2015 - 11:17
Available at Om of Medicine in Ann Arbor.Imagine you’re having a picnic on a freshly mowed lawn and the first thing you have is a juicy, fresh orange. Or maybe a mango. Or both. With a smile on...
Available at The Barn in Burton.Now this is something for the cannasseurs. Lemon seems to overwhelm this strain, but the piney after-notes keep it grounded. At 70/30 indica-dominant and 19.85 per...
Aug. 6, 2015 - 11:23
Available at Greenland Dispensary in Portland.This fruity sativa tastes sweet like a honeydew melon. Sold by Greenland Dispensary in Portland, these are some pretty skunky buds. When smoked, this...
Aug. 6, 2015 - 10:44
Available at Weed Care in Riverside.Pluto OG, which bears the last planet’s planetary strain name, is as amazing as the pictures from the New Horizons probe’s three-billion mile encounter wit...
Available wherever Edipure products are carried.These peanut butter cookies by Edipure are really, really good. Maybe too good. Tasting just like the cookies you remember from childhood, there is...
Aug. 6, 2015 - 10:50
Available at Sunset Herbal Corner in North Hollywood.PR, denoting Private Reserve, is always something very special. Definitely in the category of something very special is the PR Blue Dream from...
Aug. 6, 2015 - 10:52
Available at So-Cal Co-Op in Woodland Hills.Named for the rap star for whom it was purportedly created, Master P could have had this potent strain in mind when writing his hit rap, “Make Em Say...
Available at The Crown Collective in Mira Loma.As AU is the periodic chart symbol for gold, AU Gold Snow Cap Crumble can be read as Double Gold Snow Cap Crumble. Have no doubt that this legacy We...
Aug. 6, 2015 - 09:59

Milo Greene will satisfy your soul with its unique sound

For the last five years, the Los Angeles quintet, Milo Greene, has dedicated itself to establishing the band as one of the hardest working acts in the indie rock world. When not diligently writing...
Aug. 5, 2015 - 03:57
Madden NFL 16 Pub. EA Sports Dev. EA Tiburon Available on: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 Release Date: August 25 If there’s one thing that gamers can count on,...
July 1, 2015 - 03:09
F1 2015 Pub. Codemasters Dev. Codemasters Birmingham Release: July 21 Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC The F1 game franchise has been exciting gamers with authentic F1 rac...
Aug. 6, 2015 - 11:20
Available at The Pole in Detroit.A very tasty strain; the parents of this 80/20 indica-dominant hybrid are Blueberry and Shining Silver Haze. With a sweet blueberry taste, you’ll want to get ca...