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Clutch

Formed: 1991
From: MD, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Clutch News

Below is our complete Clutch news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Underground Video Television Covers Stoner Rock

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.

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Clutch Book Year End Shows With The Sword

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)

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Clutch To Enter Studio In October

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.

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Clutch and Motorhead UK Tour Dates

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

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Clutch To Tour Parts of US

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

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Bam Margera's Viva La Bands Tour 2006 Initial Info

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.

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Trivium, In Flames, Opeth Metal Hammer Nominees

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...

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Sounds Of The Underground DVD Info Revealed

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
DevilDriver
A Life Once Lost
Madball
High on Fire
Strapping Young Lad
Throwdown
Norma Jean
Every Time I Die
Gwar
Chimaira
Unearth
Clutch
Poison the Well
From Autumn to Ashes
Lamb of God

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Fireball Ministry Update and Tour Dates

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)

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New Opeth Album Tops Unrestrained's 2005 List

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.

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Corrosion Of Conformity Announce UK Tour Dates

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

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Huntington, WV Clutch Show Report

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...

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Clutch Books A Few Headlining Dates

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

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Clutch To Support CKY On UK Tour

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.

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God Forbid Added To Locobazooka Festival

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.

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Sounds Of The Underground Report From Vancouver

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...

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Clutch New Video 'Burning Beard' Online

CLUTCH have just released a new video for the song 'Burning Beard', the first single off of their latest release "Robot Hive/Exodus". You can check out the video here.

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Sounds Of The Underground Vancouver Venue Moved

The Sounds of the Underground Tour show in Vancouver on July 26 has been moved from the Pacific Coliseum to the PNE Forum. All tickets for the Pacific Coliseum will be honored at the door and are now general admission.

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New Clutch Album Debuts In Billboard Top 100

Clutch's new album, Robot Hive/Exodus, will debut next week at #93 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and #7 on the Independent Label chart. With sales of almost 13,000, Robot Hive/Exodus (their sixth studio album) marks the band’s highest chart debut and biggest first week sales in their 12 year history.

Clutch is currently co-headlining the Sounds Of The Underground tour. The band will be playing material from the new album, including the first single '10001', as the tour crosses North Americathrough the first week of August, and will return to the road in fall 2005 for their own headlining tour.

“This impressive first sales week by Clutch not only affirms the band's continuing relevance within the rock community,” said DRT co-principal Derek Shulman, “but also shows how competitive an independent label like DRT can be with quality rock acts such as Clutch.”

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Sounds Of The Underground Photos Posted Online

ReturnToThePit.com has posted a bunch of photos from the first Sounds of the Undergroud show in Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA on June 25. Check them out here.

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