CLUTCH has finalized the track listing for its new album, "From Beale Street to Oblivion", due on March 20 via DRT Entertainment. Produced, recorded and mixed by Joe Barresi (KYUSS, TOOL, MELVINS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, the CD "floods the room with riffs, melodies, and monstrously vital grooves," according to a press release.
"This is probably the most 'live' album we have recorded," enthuses vocalist Neil Fallon. "We went out for a few weeks, and played the music on the road. So, when we went into the studio, all of us knew exactly what was going to happen — a first for CLUTCH. I don't know why we haven't done it this way all along, it's so much easier. We also recorded the basic tracks directly onto tape. Nothing digital in there at all. We haven't done that since 'The Elephant Riders'. And this record has a few more bluesy elements than has been the case in the past, but nothing so blatant that it could be called alien to what we do.
"This time we chose Joe Barresi to produce the album," continues Fallon. "Why him? Because he has produced some great sounding records in the past, for bands like KYUSS, TOOL, MELVINS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, to name but a few. We were based at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles. It took three weeks to record, and one week to mix. Joe actually mixed 'From Beale Street To Oblivion' without us being there, as we had to bail to support MOTÖRHEAD in Europe. That's an indication of how much faith we had in the guy."
"Musically, we've become much more of a rock 'n' roll band now, as opposed to being a metal or hardcore one," reveals Fallon of the way CLUTCH has developed. "Our style is riff-oriented, with a swing. It's never been a calculated move; we just followed our instinct, and that is leading us closer to those bands to whom we listened in our childhood. Bands which are now termed as 'classic rock.'"
"This is our third album for DRT Entertainment (following on from 'Blast Tyrant' and 'Robot Hive/Exodus'). We've never previously done more than two records in a row for any other label, so this is a new territory for us! A lot of that is because this is a smaller company, and they understand what the band is about."
TRACKLISTING of "From Beale Street to Oblivion"