Clutch just announced their North American tour, they will be joined by Sevendust. On September 7th the band’s twelfth studio album ‘Book of Bad Decisions’ will be released. The album was completed in Nashville, Tennessee with producer and engineer Vance Powell.
Metal Wani’s Jessie David had a chance to chat with Clutch Frontman Neil Fallon. During the interview they chatted Clutch playing INKcarceration festival, the inspiration behind the new album, where the album name came from and the experience they had working with Vance Powell.
When playing a festival compared to a club, Clutch tend to dig deeper into songs at a club setting compared to a festival. Fallon said “The vast majority of people there know the band, and probably know the material which gives us a little more leeway.” Asked which one Fallon prefers playing he said “It really depends, I think a club show, because everyone is inside a box it’s easy to get more engaged because they are closer to us, but there is something to be said about playing outside”
The inspiration behind ‘Book of Bad Decisions’ comes from personal experiences which is still a newer concept for Neil Fallon. But Fallon says the best thing to do is to write first thing in the morning or first thing at night.
Clutch will be giving fans a physical copy of their new album if they buy concert tickets in advance. When asked if they are doing this because of streaming sites Fallon said “Streaming’s huge and 80% of music sales is digital or streaming. I listen to Spotify all the time, it’s a great way to discover music, and you wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. We own our own record label so we have to think about these things that normally we wouldn’t otherwise. If someone want to download the record they can download or get a physical copy of it.”
Neil Fallon said that the band put out albums to support their tour, when talking about the process Fallon referenced Motorhead for doing the same thing. They’ve been on tour for 27 years and its still what it’s all about for Clutch. Fallon talked about the experience of going on tour and how nothing compares to it.
The interview finishing with Neil Fallon talking about his favourite vinyl in his collection.