Monday, 6 February 2012

Clutch – Southern Rock Band Rooted In Classic Sounds

Few new southern rock bands can successfully revive classic sounds of the Southern Rock genre while still maintaining some sort of relevancy. Formed in the early 90’s, Clutch has since approached the Blues, Rock’n’Roll and Southern Rock genre with a modernistic twist. Their take on the genre is very groovy and fueled with big riffs toped with intelligent and often humourous lyrics. Though Clutch have recently gained a bit of fame by featuring “Electric Worry” off of the album “Blast Tyrant” on a “Left 4 Dead 2” TV spot, the rest of their catalogue cannot be missed.

Clutch’s earlier material, Transnational Speedway League (1993) and Clutch (1995) are much different than what they do now. The sound is more rooted into the punk and hardcore genre, with aggressive vocals and simplified guitar riffs. Since the 1998 release, “The Elephant Riders” the band has continuously refined their sound and has become much more better at becoming a true southern rock band. The vocals have become much more approachable, while often still being aggressive. The guitars have become more complex and interesting to listen too, with effects such as the Wah pedal being commonplace. The drums continue to drive this band, adding incredible groove and intricacy to what could have been a very standard rock sound.

I’ve stressed this many times, Clutch is not your old fashion “Daddy Rock”. The band is in no way mainstream material, but the musicianship, strong vocals and thought provoking lyrics are undeniably worth listening too.

So what’s the latest news from Clutch? The band is set to release a new album sometime this year (2012). For now, they have been teasing the release by playing “Newt”, a working titled song during the live shows.

If your looking for a southern rock band with a new sound inspired by older music, check out the recommended albums listed below.
Neil Fallon

The Band:
  • Neil Fallon - Vocals
  • Tim Sult - Guitar
  • Dan Maines - Bass
  • Jean-Paul Gaster - Drum

Albums To Check Out:
  • Blast Tyrant
  • Robot Hive/ Exodus
  • From Beale Street to Oblivion

Songs To Check Out:
  • Electric Worry
  •  Cypress Grove
  • Gravel Road
  • The Mob Goes Wild
  • Black Umbrella

Related Southern Rock Bands:
  • The Company Band
  • The Bakerton Group
  •  King Hobo