Neil Fallon (vocals, guitar and keys), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), Dan Maines (bass and vocals) and Tim Sult (guitar and vocals) formed Clutch more than 25 years ago in Germantown, Md. They gained a loyal following and an interest from several indie labels early on, thanks to their high-energy live shows and their own unique sound (think: the Venn diagram overlap of Led Zeppelin and Faith No More with a little bit of that go-go swing). But despite putting so much emphasis on the fiery stage performances they’re known for, Clutch (above, performing “Firebirds”) still spend a considerable amount of time in the studio recording new material, including their 11th full-length album, Psychic Warfare (stream it below), which came out two Octobers ago. “As the band members have grown together, they deliver—almost effortlessly—a most well-oiled machine. Psychic Warfare includes super-tight interplay, madcap (and thematically heady) lyrics and high-octane riffs that often translate with face-melting power in their live shows,” according to AllMusic. And in naming the long-player one of the 20 Best Metal Albums of 2015, Rolling Stone called it “a danger-fueled but stoner-friendly gem that reminds the listener of days where the hippie and biker culture intermingled in psychotic harmony.” Clutch come our way this week, accompanied by a pair of equally raucous acts—Memphis, Tenn., country-punk rockers Lucero and Austin, Texas, metal revivalists the Sword—for two shows, tonight at Brooklyn Steel and on Wednesday at the Capitol Theatre.
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The guys in Clutch—Neil Fallon (vocals, guitar and keys), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), Dan Maines (bass and vocals) and Tim Sult (guitar and vocals)—have been making their own brand of rock (think: the Venn Diagram overlap of Led Zeppelin and Faith No More, sort of) since forming in Germantown, Md., in 1990. They gained a loyal following and an interest from several indie labels early on, thanks to their high-energy live shows. But despite putting so much emphasis on their stage performances, they still spend a considerable amount of time in the studio recording new material. In fact the quartet recently released their 10th full-length, the well-received Earth Rocker. And now Clutch (above, doing the new disc’s title track) are out on the road in support of it. See them, along with the Sword and Lionize, tomorrow night at Terminal 5.
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