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MTV.com reports that CKY drummer Jess Margera has revealed he's been keeping busy working on various side projects and lending his talents to other bands' work. He recorded all the drum tracks on Viking Skull's upcoming Chapter II LP and has formed a band called Partners in Crime with CKY guitarist Chad Ginsburg and Guy Heller of Moistboyz.
But the band he's most excited about — after CKY, that is — hasn't even been assigned a name yet. It features Fireball Ministry's Jim Rota and Clutch main man Neil Fallon.
"I was on a flight back from Germany, and I was looking at my iPod, and I looked at my top 10 list or whatever, and it was just like Clutch, Puny Human, Fireball Ministry, Led Zeppelin," he said. "So I called everybody but Led Zeppelin, for obvious reasons, because I was recording in my home studio. I just invited them all up to my house, and we worked on two or three songs. That turned into five songs, then eight, 10, and now we have 12 songs."
Margera said the Fallon-fronted act sounds like equal parts CKY, Clutch and Fireball Ministry, and had its first practice last month, following his pro-skateboarder brother Bam Margera's wedding to Melissa Rothstein. While the group does intend to release an album, he's not sure when that will be, given that the bands' hectic schedules will make tracking the LP difficult.
"It's like my supergroup, man," he enthused. "It's just cool as hell, and I'm psyched about it."
CLUTCH has lined up the following North American tour dates with DUB TRIO and FAIR TO MIDLAND:
Feb. 28 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
Mar. 01 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
Mar. 02 - Center Stage - Atlanta, GA
Mar. 13 - The Vogue - Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 17 - Opera House - Toronto, ONT
Mar. 20 - Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Clutch are back in full force in 2007 with their third album on DRT Entertainment, "From Beale Street To Oblivion." Produced, recorded and mixed by Joe Barresi (Kyuss, Tool, Melvins, Queens Of The Stone Age) at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, FROM BEALE STREET TO OBLIVION is due out March 20th with a digital release on March 13th.
A brand new CLUTCH song, entitled "Power Player", can be heard on DRT Entertainment's inaugural podcast, dubbed DRTcast. The 40-minute podcast also features an exclusive interview with Oderus Urungus of GWAR as well as music from SOIL, 36 CRAZYFISTS, STREET DOGS, ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER, GWAR and POWERMAN 5000. Download it at this location.
CLUTCH entered a West Coast studio in October with producer Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KYUSS, TOOL, WEEZER, MELVINS) to begin recording its new album, due in early 2007.
This week’s episode of Underground Video Television (UVTV) is a Special Stoner Rock Edition hosted by Bobby Black, columnist at High Times magazine and host of Sirius Radio Hard Attack channel’s “Contact High”. The show features music videos of Clutch, Corrosion Of Conformity, Fu Manchu, Turbonegro, & Monster Magnet as well as some live videos of Mastodon and Bobby’s close friends Type O Negative. Also on the show is a brand new live video of Fireball Ministry playing their track “It Flies Again” that was filmed recently in Buffalo NY. You can view the show online or by subscribing to the UVTV podcast on i-Tunes.
Bobby Black’s show “Contact High” on Sirius Hard Attack Channel 27 airs Thursdays 9pm-10pm ET and features the sludgiest, most psychedelic and potent stoner rock ever. Find out more information about Bobby Black at his MySpace page.
Clutch, who will enter the studio next month to record their new album with producer Joe Barresi (Queens Of The Stone Age, Melvins), have booked the following U.S. stops to close out the year:
December 27th Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre (Feat. The Sword, William Elliot Whitmore)
December 29th Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom (Feat. The Sword, Scott H. Biram)
December 30th Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom (Feat. The Sword, William Elliot Whitmore)
December 31st Baltimore, MD - Ram's Head Live (Feat. The Sword, William Elliot Whitmore)
CLUTCH will enter the studio in October on the West Coast with producer Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KYUSS, TOOL, WEEZER, MELVINS) to begin recording its new album, due in early 2007.
In other news, CLUTCH's "Burning Beard" single is out now CD featuring the video for "Burning Beard". The U.K.-released vinyl 7" has "Slow Hole To China" on the flip side.
CLUTCH frontman Neil Fallon made his debut solo appearance at the the sixth annual Glasgowbury festival on July 22 at Eagle's Rock in Draperstown, Northern Ireland.
CLUTCH has been confirmed as the support band for MOTÖRHEAD in the U.K. this fall. The group is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Robot Hive/Exodus", available now on DRT Entertainment. The follow-up to the acclaimed "Blast Tyrant", was produced by J. Robbins (JAWBOX, THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN) at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY, and was mixed at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ.
Clutch will support Motorhead on tour in the UK this November. Here are the latest tour dates:
11/02 Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
11/04 Glasgow, UK @ Carling Glasgow Academy
11/05 Manchester, UK @ Carling Apollo Manchester
11/07 Bradford, UK @ St. George's Hall
11/08 Sheffield, UK @ City Hall
11/09 Birmingham, UK @ Carling Birmingham Academy
11/11 Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff University
11/12 Oxford, UK @ New Theatre
11/13 Leicester, UK @ De Montfort Hall
11/15 Norwich, UK @ University Of East Anglia
11/16 @ Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
11/17 Ipswich, UK @ Ipswich Regent
11/19 Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
11/20 Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
11/21 Plymouth, UK @ Plymouth Pavilions
11/23 Portsmouth, UK @ Portsmouth Guildhall
11/24 Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
11/25 London, UK @ Carling Brixton Academy
CLUTCH has announced the following U.S. dates in September:
Sep. 09 - The Pit - Kill Devil Hills, NC
Sep. 10 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
Sep. 11 - TBA
Sep. 12 - Blue Cats - Knoxville, TN
Sep. 13 - TBA
Sep. 14 - Headliner's - Toledo, OH
Sep. 15 - Buffalo Icon - Buffalo, NY
Sep. 16 - Nyabinghi - Youngstown, OH
Sep. 17 - The Sound Factory - Charleston, WV
Sep. 18 - TBA
Sep. 19 - The Temple Club - Lansing, MI
Sep. 20 – Streeters - Traverse City, MI
Sep. 21 - TBA
Sep. 22 - Blue Note - Columbia, MO
After executing a successful 5-date mini-tour last year Bam Margera's Viva La Bands Tour 2006 is being planned. As of now, Clutch and CKY are confirmed and Turbonegro is rumored to be in negotiations as well for the planned 20 date outing. There will be a number of after-parties featuring other bands and rotating some emerging artists at different shows.
The tour will feature exclusive Bam themed video content on big screens (Jackass-style stuff) produced by Tim Glomb. There will also be special live appearances from the Viva La Bam crew and many of their celebrity friends.
The Viva La Bands 2006 tour is tentatively scheduled to kick off on October 4th in Phoenix and end with a big Halloween bash in Philly on October 31st. Ticket prices are expected to be kept low (around $20). There will be numerous opportunities for fans to meet Bam and the bands, and it will all be caught on film.
The nominations for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards — which this year takes place on Monday, June 12 at Koko in Camden, North London — were recently announced. In keeping with the "Valhalla" theme of this year's awards, Metal Hammer magazine have teamed up with the crew of the "Hammer of the Gods", an authentic full-size replica Viking longboat, to launch both the awards on June 12 and the team's cross channel row, which takes place on the weekend of June 3 to raise money for charity Task Brazil.
Leading the field for nominations are longstanding rock and metal purveyors Roadrunner Records, with a staggering total of 14 nominations for the label that is home to acts as diverse as SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD and award-nominated DRAGONFORCE. Coming in a very close second for overall nominations is major label powerhouse Warner Music with an impressive 11 awards for their roster of breakthrough U.S. rock bands MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and AVENGED SEVENFOLD (a favourite of Radio 1's Jo Whiley), as well as Valley boys FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and Finnish rockers H.I.M. In a complete whitewash of the category, Warner Music have secured four of the five nominations in the "Best Video" category, with the fifth and final nomination going to Roadrunner.
Going head-to-head with a joint total of four nominations are Sony and Universal, while EMI have secured two nominations for metal stalwarts and British institution IRON MAIDEN. Coming on strong is independent challenger to the rock throne Visible Noise marginally trails Sony and Universal with three nominations including "Best UK Band" and "Album of the Year", both for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE. U.S. alternative rockers COHEED & CAMBRIA have surprised many with 3 nominations including appearances in the prestigious "Best Album" and "Best International Band" categories.
The full nominations list for the fourth annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2006 is as follows: More...
Last year marked the inaugural Sounds of the Underground tour, which saw 17 of the best and most brutal metal acts around traverse the U.S. and Canada in what proved to be a very successful alternative to the more commercial Ozzfest. The tour hit the parking lot of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on July 2nd, 2005, and with it came almost 5000 fans. Metal bands like A Life Once Once Lost and Strapping Young Lad hammered out their sets alongside hardcore acts like Madball and Throwdown in the sweltering 95+ degree midday heat. As the sun began to set, stalwarts like Chimaira, Poison the Well and From Autumn to Ashes played well into the darkness. All of the passion and power of that day is captured in Sounds of the Underground Live: Vol. 1, which will hit streets on June 20th.
DRT Entertainment will be releasing the DVD which documents the day's festivities, complete with performances from 16 of the 17 artists who participated in the tour. Along with over 90 minutes of performance footage, the DVD also features vignettes on every band on the tour, along with a host of hilarious 'guest interview' segments from members of GWAR, Every Time I Die and Throwdown. The DVD was filmed by Doug Spangenberg of Highroller Studios (Lamb of God's Killadelphia).
Featuring live performances from:
All That Remains
A Life Once Lost
High on Fire
Strapping Young Lad
Every Time I Die
Poison the Well
From Autumn to Ashes
Lamb of God
FIREBALL MINISTRY appeared on NBC-TV’s “Last Call With Carson Daly” on last night. On the special hour-long show, the band performed “Sundown,” the first single from their newly released THEIR ROCK IS NOT OUR ROCK (Liquor & Poker Music) CD as well as “King” from their previous album The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast, 2003). FIREBALL MINISTRY are the first music act to utilize pyrotechnics in their performance on the show since it relocated to Los Angeles this fall.
In other TV news, the video for “Sundown” has just been added to MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and will make its debut on Saturday, December 17. The clip can be viewed on launch.yahoo.com, rollingstone.com, aolmusic.com, and liquorandpokermusic.com.
After wrapping tours with H.I.M., Opeth, CKY, Nevermore, Pelican, Finch and Skindred, among others, FIREBALL MINISTRY will kick-off an East Coast trek with Clutch on December 26, marking their fifth outing since August. In addition, the band will perform a special one-off gig at the Knitting Factory in New York City on Thursday, December 29. On January 22, the band will join Disturbed for a show at the House of Blues in Anaheim.
THEIR ROCK IS NOT OUR ROCK, the group’s third full-length, was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens of The Stone Age, Velvet Revolver, Foo Fighters), engineered by Mike Terry (Halford, Ash) and recorded at Dave Grohl’s and Elliot Smith’s studios.
Catch FIREBALL MINISTRY on the road:
Mon. 12/26 Washington, D.C 9:30 Club (with Clutch)
Tue. 12/27 Norfolk, VA Norva Theatre (with Clutch)
Wed 12/28 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero (with Clutch)
Thu 12/29 New York, NY Knitting Factory
Fri 12/30 Toledo, OH Headliners (with Clutch)
Sat 12/31 Flint, MI Machine Shop (with Clutch)
Sun 1/22 Anaheim, CA House of Blues (with Disturbed)
Canada’s UNRESTRAINED! Magazine has named Opeth’s "Ghost Reveries" as the #1 Album of 2005 in their year-end issue that will be on stands December15th, 2005.
The full Top 20 of 2005 (as chosen by the staff) is as follows:
UNRESTRAINED! TOP 20 OF 2005
1. Opeth - Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner)
2. Nevermore – This Godless Endeavour (Century Media)
3. Primordial – The Gathering Wilderness (Metal Blade)
4. Clutch - Robot Hive/Exodus (DRT)
5. Lurker Of Chalice – Lurker Of Chalice (Southern Lord/Total Holocaust)
6. Deathspell Omega – Kenose (N.E.D./Ajna Offensive)
7. Corrosion Of Conformity - In The Arms Of God (Sanctuary)
8. Hypocrisy – Virus (Nuclear Blast)
9. Strapping Young Lad – Alien (Century Media)
10. Between The Buried And Me – Alaska (Victory)
11. Dark Tranquillity - Character (Century Media)
12. Ulver – The Blood Inside (The End)
13. Napalm Death - The Code Is Red... Long Live The Code (Century Media)
14. Rammstein - Rosenrot (Universal)
15. Torche – Torche (Robotic Empire)
16. Green Carnation – The Quiet Offspring (The End Records)
17. Leaves’ Eyes – Vinland Saga (Napalm)
18. Jesu - Jesu (Hydra Head)
19. Slough Feg – Atavism (Cruz Del Sur)
20. Red Knife Lottery – So Much Drama (Uprising)
For more information, visit www.unrestrainedmag.com.
Corrosion of Conformity have announced the following UK tour dates with Clutch and Stinking Lizabeta in January 2006:
Jan. 23 Leeds - Cockpit
Jan. 24 Glasgow - Garage
Jan. 25 TBA
Jan. 26 Portsmouth - Wedgewoodrooms
Jan. 27 Brighton - Concorde 2
Jan. 28 Oxford - Zodiac
Jan. 29 London - Mean Fiddler/Astoria
I arrived early to the Huntington Music Hall for the Clutch show. November 10th had been an unusually warm and sunny day; I figured seeing these guys play would just finish my evening off perfectly. I was also looking forward to interviewing the band before the show, which had been hastily arranged with the tour manager the same day. I’ve been listening to this band for a long time; I grew up in Maryland, not too far from where Clutch started out. I’ve always enjoyed their music and was ready to see them play live.
While standing in line at the door, waiting to get in the club just like everyone else, rumors were flying… the band was running late and may not make it to the show on time or at all. I didn’t see them canceling a show bill with two full sets so I just ignored the small up setters. When I finally got to the ticket booth and asked the desk guys where to find the band’s tour manager for my scheduled interview, he explained they were running late and had not yet arrived. He told me to hunt down the club manager to help get things moving when they did arrive. Disappointed with the prospect of not being able to complete my interview I entered the club and ordered a gin and tonic. More...
Clutch have booked a new string of dates with Kelly Carmichael tapped to serve as support, here's the rundown:
October 25th Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
October 26th Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
October 27th Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
October 28th Richmond, VA - Alley Katz
October 29th Jacksonville, NC - Coastal Plains Raceway
October 30th Tallahassee, FL - The Beta Bar
October 31st Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Culture Room
November 02nd Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
November 04th Dallas, TX - Trees
November 07th Austin, TX - Emo's
CLUTCH will be supporting CKY on a U.K. tour beginning in late September. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Sep. 27 - Carling Academy – Bristol, UK
Sep. 28 – Barfly – Cardiff, UK (CLUTCH Only)
Sep. 29 – Astoria – London, UK
Sep. 30 - Pyramid Center – Portsmouth, UK
Oct. 01 – Academy – Manchester, UK
Oct. 02 – ABC – Glasgow, UK
Oct. 04 – Ambassador – Dublin, IRE
Oct. 05 - Rock City – Nottingham, UK
Oct. 06 – UEA – Norwich, UK
Oct. 07 - Carling Academy – Birmingham, UK
CLUTCH are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Robot Hive/Exodus", available now on DRT Entertainment. The follow-up to the acclaimed "Blast Tyrant", was produced by J. Robbins (JAWBOX, THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN) at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, NY, and was mixed at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ.
God Forbid has just been added to the WAAF Locobazooka Festival, which is set to take place on September 18 in Fitchburgh, MA. The festival features Disturbed, The Dropkick Murphys, Ill Nino, Life Of Agony, Clutch, Seemless, Darkest Hour, Bury Your Dead, Dope, Bloodsimple, and many more. Tickets are $39.95. For more information, check out www.locobazooka.com.
On July 26, I got the chance to attend the Sounds of the Underground tour when they stopped in Vancouver, BC. The show was originally scheduled for the Pacific Coliseum but was moved to the PNE Forum, which is a lot smaller. My guess was that the ticket sales didn’t do very well. More...