While nobody these days is going to confuse Clutch as a metal band, at least by today’s standards, the basis for all metal begins in the roots of their sound. Born a generation late, Clutch brings back the vibe of artists like Jimi Hendrix, Blue Cheer, and even elements of Black Sabbath. They recapture that 70’s stoner rock sound, but even that does not encapsulate who the band is musically.
The Maryland based boys are out on the road with Motörhead this month, with some European festival dates planned this summer. The rest of their 2011 plan is to spend much of the time writing new material for their next studio album which they hope to record late this year. In the mean time the band will be re-issuing their classic 2004 album Blast Tyrant with a bonus disc called Basket of Eggs, featuring some new and reworked Clutch material. This comes out March 29th on their own Weathermaker label.
Guitarist Tim Sult took some time before the band’s Seattle show this week to bring Metalholic up-to-date. We talked briefly about the depressing nature of the current situation in Egypt and I dragged a Superbowl pick out of him (Steelers). For the rest of our conversation listen below: