Clutch has just released their 12th album, “Book of Bad Decisions”, and are hitting the road in support of it. On the eve of our personal hometown show, we want to give readers a little insight into the album.
When talking music with friends and family you often hear, “It’s just not the old stuff, man”. It’s statements like this that will leaving you missing out on such great albums like “Book of Bad Decisions”. I am just going to say it, Clutch, as a band, is in it’s glory days of music making. Think about the band for a minute. They are not some crazy, fast-paced band who risk loosing some of their edge as they age. They have never been a fad-band, one that only made hits in the 90’s or stuck to flash-in-the-pan trends. These guys are funky, groovy, rockers dripping with soul. In my opinion, there is no expiration date for that combination.
Much like an AC/DC album, “BOBD” delivers everything that makes a Clutch fan. It’s an odd phrase, but true when I say that the band doesn’t change, nor does it exactly stay the same when it comes to their new releases. We are huge fans of all of the albums that the band has done, but their latest showing proves that these guys have a formula that just gets better. Vocalist Neal Fallon’s lyric articulation always stand out. He can take words and phrases that have no reason to be with each other and make it fit perfectly. Singing on “Gimme the keys”, he says “Get the Hell out of Dodge”. He can use common phrases like these as though they are his own. He can use off-the-wall references that you never thought you would hear in a rock song. A great example is in the track “Hot Bottom Feeder”, which sounds to be a recipe for crab cakes. Who does this and makes it sound like a classic song? Only Neal, Dan, Jean Paul and Tim, that’s who.
The title track of the record shows us that this is not mindless rock. I found myself not only following the narrative but thinking about my own book of hand-written, bad decisions. It’s why you love Clutch, or why you don’t. They make you think. They don’t just tell a story, they make you a part of the story. Clutch is a band that knows how to get inside your soul with the music and lyrics that know how to make your brain kick in. Is there such a genre as Cerebral Funk Fuzz Rock? Clutch is the flag bearer and we all appreciate them for their efforts.
Our personal favorite track is “In Walks Barbarella”. Hang on tight for this one. It is the 5th song on the album and, I believe, placed perfectly to catch us off-guard with a slap in the face and a bit of “Weaponized Funk”, as Neal sings. The song brings in layers of horns that have us acting like a fool when we hear it. Clutch backed by horns is something the world needs.
“Book of Bad Decisions” clocks in at a bit more than an hour. The band makes albums, not singles. They have never been a band that is concerned with pleasing the masses. We, as fans, sincerely hope that this recent burst of creativity is not short-lived. As I mentioned, Clutch has done some of their best writing in the last 5 years. This has been a very prolific decade for the band, not only in terms of volume, but also in quantity. Check out their latest album. Music fans will love how there is something for all kinds of styles. The band is on tour this fall with Sevendust. Come out to your local venue and see them. Tour dates below.
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitars
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums
Dan Maines – Bass
Tim Sult – Guitar
Upcoming Tour Dates 2018:
Sunday, 9-16-18 in Chicago, IL at RiotFest **
Tuesday, 9-18-18 in St Paul, MN at Myth Live
Wednesday, 9-19-18 in Kansas City, MO at Uptown Theater
Friday, 9-21-18 in Houston, TX at HOB
Saturday, 9-22-18 in San Antonio, TX at River City Rockfest **
Sunday, 9-23-18 in Dallas, TX at Gas Monkey Live
Tuesday, 9-25-18 in Orlando, FL at House of Blues
Thursday, 9-27-18 in Norfolk, VA at The NorVa
Friday, 9-28-18 in Raleigh, NC at The Ritz
Saturday, 9-29-18 in Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade *
Sunday, 9-30-18 in Louisville, KY at Louder Than Life **
Tuesday, 10-02-18 in Denver, CO at Ogden Theater
Wednesday, 10-03-18 in SLC, UT at The Depot
Friday, 10-05-18 in Boise, ID at Knitting Factory
Saturday, 10-06-18 in Spokane, WA at Knitting Factory
Sunday, 10-07-18 in Seattle, WA at Show SODO
Monday, 10-08-18 in Vancouver, BC at Commodore Ballroom
Tuesday, 10-09-18 in Portland, OR at Roseland Theater
Thursday, 10-11-18 in San Francisco, CA at The Regency Ballroom
Friday, 10-12-18 in Los Angeles, CA at El Rey Theater
Saturday, 10-13-18 in San Bernadino, CA at Glen Helen Amphitheater (w/System Of The Down, Incubus) ***
Sunday, 10-14-18 in San Diego, CA at North Park/Observatory
Monday, 10-15-18 in Tempe, AZ at The Marquee
Wednesday, 10-17-18 in Tulsa, OK at Cain’s Ballroom
Thursday, 10-18-18 in Sauget, IL at Pop’s Nightclub
Friday, 10-19-18 in Grand Rapids, MI at 20 Monroe Live
Saturday, 10-20-18 in Detroit, MI at The Filmore Detroit
Sunday, 10-21-18 in Pittsburgh, PA at Stage AE
Tuesday, 10-23-18 in Toronto, ON at Rebel
Thursday, 10-25-18 in Worcester, MA at The Palladium
Friday, 10-26-18 in New York, NY at Irving Plaza
Saturday, 10-27-18 in New York, NY at Irving Plaza
Sunday, 10-28-18 in Philadelphia, PA at Electric Factory
* = no Sevendust
** = festival date / Clutch and festival bill only
*** = date w/ System of a Down / no Sevendust