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Podcast Episode
Season
Eleven
number
525
Type
Album Review
Post Date
2/2/2021

Clutch

525 Clutch by Clutch

Clutch

Label
East West Records
Release year
1995
Producer
Clutch, Larry Packer

From the other side of the country, Clutch tapped into the California stoner and desert rock sound on their self-titled 1995 album

While stoner and desert rock has been associated primarily with California bands like Kyuss, Fu Manchu, and Sleep, in reality artists across the country were putting their own spin on Black Sabbath's tracks like "Sweet Leaf" for decades. Bands like Monster Magnet in New Jersey, Corrosion of Conformity in North Carolina, and Clutch in Maryland have each contributed to 90s rock and beyond. On Clutch's sophomore self-titled album from 1995, the band tone down their freshman punk and louder tendencies, dialing back the distortion and locking into 70s psychedelic head-nodding grooves paired with the occasional frantic jammy freak out. The dividing line for listeners is vocalist Neil Fallon, who possesses one of the most otherworldly heavy voices that can bellow with the best, but is unafraid to explore funkier, sing-songy melodies that may not be for everyone.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Big News II
  • 15:31 - Rock N Roll Outlaw
  • 23:42 - Spacegrass
  • 30:40 - Droid
  • Outro - Seven Jam

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