by Ryan Meehan and Ryan Collins
Originally hailing from Germantown, Maryland, Clutch burst on to the scene with their breakthrough 1992 album Transnational Speedway League. In the two decades since then, they’ve managed to make some of the most brutal rock and roll music available and put on an endless supply of dominant live performances. Their new record “Earth Rocker” is in stores now, and is certainly proof of their continued pure rock fury. The man behind all of the heaviest riffs in the band’s catalog is Clutch Guitarist Tim Sult, and he’s our guest today in 5 questions.
FOH-RC: Clutch has developed a legendary reputation for your live shows & extensive touring, and in the years I’ve been going to see you, there’s always a terrific sense of appreciation between the band and the audience. What do you feel are the driving forces behind your performances? How have these forces changed over the years?
TS: I think the driving force behind the performance is just us wanting to play the best versions of our songs as possible. I don’t think the forces have changed that much really. We just want to write and play songs that we like. Fortunately for us, a lot of other people seem to like them as well.
FOH-RM: How does the material on Earth Rocker differ from that of your previous work? Was there anything that you specifically tried to do differently in order to capture the new album’s sound?
TS: I don’t think it differs THAT much. We were just trying to go for a more “in your face” production style because the songs we were writing were a bit more upbeat.
FOH-RC: I’ve always respected how much range you display in your songwriting across your catalog. What are some musical territories you would still like to explore, or perhaps return to or reinterpret, with Clutch?
TS: I’d like to do more mellow, acoustic stuff.
FOH-RM: What was the most unusual thing that’s ever happened to you guys in all of your years of being on the road? What did you learn from that experience?
TS: Unusual? Hmmm, not sure. But I’ll let you know what has happened the past 36 hours: Our bus broke down in Southern California on the way to San Francisco. We spent a day parked at a pilot truck stop eating Wendy’s and Jack in the Box. We ended up finding a replacement bus, then drove up to SF and parked in front of some homeless person’s pile of poop. I guess what I’ve learned on the road is that touring can be boring, and downright disgusting.
FOH-RC: What is life like off the road, outside of recording/studio work? I’ve always wondered how all of you spend your time when you’re not keeping a relentless touring schedule.
TS: I just hang out at home with my wife and sons, and jam with some local people up where I live in West Virginia. I don’t do anything but family and music.
FOH-RM: What’s up next for Clutch in the twelve months to come? Any big plans?
TS: This year we’re just going to continue shoving “Earth Rocker” down people’s throats as much as possible.
Catch Clutch on tour this summer all across the United States, and visit either of the links below for further details.
Official Website: http://www.pro-rock.com/
Clutch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/Clutchband?fref=ts
“Earth Rocker”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWXzLZSNkDI
Audio Link to “Arcadia”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vk7ybFCIEt4
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