Clutch Tour 2021 Clutch are a hard rocking five-piece from Maryland, US, blending Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin guitar riffs with funk grooves and Faith No More influenced vocals.
Formed in 1991 by Neil Fallon (vocals), Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines (bass) and Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), the band quickly gathered a strong local following through relentless gigging in their hometown of Germantown, Maryland, US. With this strong local presence, they were hot property for record labels, gaining a contract with EastWest records after impressing with their debut single, “Passive Restraints” on Earache.
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In 1993, Clutch released their debut full-length, “Transnational Speedway League,” helping to grow their cult following before finding their first taste of mainstream exposure with their self-titled sophomore release in 1995. Moving to Columbia Records, two further releases, 1998’s “The Elephant Riders” and 1999’s “Jam Room” continued to raise the band’s profile.
It was with 2004’s “Blast Tyrant,” on DRT Records, that Clutch gained significant radio airplay and branched out from their cult status, bolstered by the Bam Magera directed video for the single, “The Mob Goes Wild.” ‘Robot Hive/Exodus” in 2005 brought in the talents of organist Mike Schauer, helping to expand their sound. 2007’s “From Beale Street to Oblivion” also displayed a change in the band’s sound, displaying an element of influence from producer Joe Barresi, who had previously worked with Kyuss and Melvins.
A reissue of 2004’s “Blast Tyrant” brought Clutch more commercial success, still proving its relevance seven years after its initial release. Their tenth album, “Earth Rocker” appeared in 2013, peaking at number 15 on the Billboard 200, giving the band their highest chart position of their career at that time. National and European tours followed, proving that Clutch were still pulling out the goods, over 20 years after the band had begun.