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is an American rock band from Germantown, Maryland, formed in 1990. Since its formation the band line-up has included Neil Fallon
(vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards), Tim Sult
(lead guitar, backing vocals), Dan Maines
(bass, backing vocals) and Jean-Paul Gaster
(drums and percussion). To date, Clutch has released nine studio albums, and several rarities and live albums. They now own their own label, Weathermaker.
Clutch has accumulated a devoted cult following. The following has been cultivated by an ambitious touring schedule; the band often performs more than one hundred shows per year.
Each Clutch album is marked by a distinct and cohesive sound dubbed the ultimate jam band. The musical style of the band has migrated from heavy metal and hardcore punk to hard rock. The band has also integrated funk influences into their rock sound. Strong blues influences have also become prominent in the releases of the later years as vocalist/guitarist Neil Fallon notes: “We’ve been really conscious of the blues over the last couple of years, and you have to admit that the blues really is the source of all rock and roll. I think it’s important to go to the source to find that inspiration.”
The lyrics of Clutch songs have progressed from early releases that were marked with an angry, serious tone to latter releases that are characterized by intelligence, wordplay, and subtle humour. The songs make frequent references to history, mythology, popular culture, and religion; for example, “I Have the Body of John Wilkes Booth”, from the self-titled album, tells the story of a fisherman who discovers the corpse of Lincoln’s assassin in the Susquehanna River. Jam Room’s
“Release the Kraken” inserts a hero called Malaclypse the Younger into the movie Clash of the Titans
. The band’s lyrics also often contain surrealistic imagery.
- Studio albums
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