||DUTCH MICHAELS' GIG OF THE WEEK
Principal Club Theater, Thessaloniki, Greece
Saturday 13th July 2013
Clutch were formed in 1990 by Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines (bass), Jean Paul Gaster (drums), and Roger Smalls (vocals) and built a local following through several live performances. Smalls soon departed and was replaced by Neil Fallon.
The band soon attracted attention from independent labels, and released the EP Passive Restraints on Earache Records. Clutch then signed with EastWest Records.
Their debut LP, 'Transnational Speedway League', was released in 1993. It was followed by a self-titled album two years later that gained Clutch mainstream exposure. The band moved to the larger Columbia label for the 1998 album 'The Elephant Riders'. They followed it in 1999 with a self-released groove-based album 'Jam Room'.
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Chart success: 2000-2007
The album 'Pure Rock Fury' was released by Atlantic in 2001. The title track was initially released as the first single. The program director for North Carolina rock station, WXQR (Rock 105), Brian Rickman, suggested that the label switch singles to another track from the album 'Careful With That Mic'. Atlantic did so, and Clutch achieved a surprise hit single. The follow-up tracks, 'Immortal' and 'Open Up The Border', were also well received by American rock stations. In 2003 they issued 'Live At The Googolplex' and the rarities record 'Slow Hole To China'.
The album 'Blast Tyrant' was released in 2004, their first for DRT Records. The band once again enjoyed more rock radio airplay and heavy rotation on the Music Choice cable service thanks to the single 'The Mob Goes Wild'. Its accompanying video was directed by Bam Margera, and featured Margera's Viva La Bamco-stars; Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, and Don Vito. The video was filmed at Rex's in West Chester, PA.
The 2005 release 'Pitchfork & Lost Needles' combined Clutch's 1990 'Pitchfork' 7-inch release with previously unreleased demos and early tracks. In 2005 the band saw their first lineup change since the early 1990s with the addition of organist Mick Schauer, who performed on the albums 'Robot Hive'/'Exodus' (2005) and 'From Beale Street To Oblivion' (2007). The latter album was produced by Joe Barresi who has also produced for Kyuss, Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, and Tool.
Recent years: 2008-present
The band's first live DVD, 'Full Fathom Five', and accompanying CD, produced/directed by Agent Ogden, were released in September 2008. The band also released a remastered version of 'Slow Hole To China: Rare and Unreleased' on April 28, 2009. The band's ninth studio album, 'Strange Cousins From The West', was released on July 14, 2009. Songs from the album were played live on tour prior to the album's recording.
A 2-disc DVD set, 'Clutch Live At The 9:30' was released on May 11, 2010 by the band's own label, Weathermaker Music. The set includes the entire December 28, 2009 show at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 club, in which the band performed its entire 1995 self-titled LP.
On May 10, 2011, Clutch reissued their 2004 album 'Blast Tyrant' on Weathermaker Music. The new edition contained a bonus album titled 'Basket Of Eggs' which included unreleased songs as well as acoustic versions of previous hits. In its first week of release 'Blast Tyrant' sold close to 300,000 copies nationally, landing it at No. 26 on the Billboard Hard Rock Top 100, more than seven years after the original version debuted at No. 15.
On June 10, 2012, the band released a new single, 'Pigtown Blues', on iTunes, backed with an acoustic version of 'Motherless Child' (from 'Strange Cousins From The West').
On October 16, 2012 Clutch announced that their tenth studio album would be titled 'Earth Rocker' and would be released in March 2013. In January 2013, Clutch released their first single from 'Earth Rocker'. In an interview Jean-Paul Gaster stated that the band was tossing around potential ideas for a music video.
'Earth Rocker' entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #15, achieving the band's highest chart position to date. The album then remained on the Billboard Top 200 for a total of 5 weeks. The album also came in at #1 on the Hard Music Chart and #3 on the Independent Album Chart. In the week of release 'Earth Rocker' shot to #4 on iTunes' overall Top 100 album charts and was #1 in their rock chart.
Clutch began a two-part North American tour in support of Earth Rocker beginning March 2013 and running through May 2013, followed by a European tour from June 2013 through July 2013.
Tim Sult – guitar (1990-present)
Dan Maines – bass (1990-present)
Jean-Paul Gaster – drums (1990-present)
Neil Fallon – vocals, guitar, keyboards (1990-present)
Roger Smalls - vocals (1990)
Mick Schauer - keyboards (2005–2008)
Clutch will be posting a tour blog throughout their European tour on how it really is. The first post is available today and can be read on the band's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Clutchband?fref=ts.
July 8th- Waterfront / Norwich, UK - CONFIRMED
July 9th- Rock City / Nottingham, UK - CONFIRMED
July 10th- The Ritz / Manchester, UK - CONFIRMED
July 11th- Forum / London, UK - CONFIRMED
July 13th- Principal Club Theater / Thessaloniki, Greece - CONFIRMED
July 14th- Gazi Music Hall / Athens, Greece- CONFIRMED
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