CLUTCH: new Single + Pre-download Fest Show!

The new single from the mighty Clutch 'Burning Beard' is out 5th June. Warm up show for Download Fest just announced!

Chay Woodman

Date published: 9th May 2006

The new single from the mighty CLUTCH 'Burning Beard' is out 5th June as a ltd Edition 7" + CD. 

JUST ANNOUNCED!!!!!! Live news - CLUTCH, SOiL & BLINDSIDE will be playing a special pre-Download Fest DRT label warm-up show in London on June 7th @ Camden Underworld, London!  Also, check the Clutch website (link below) for their UK November tour dates with Motorhead!

CLUTCH will be playing the Snickers Stage at Download Festival 2006 on Friday 9th June.

DRT Entertainment....

DRT Entertainment is a privately held, New York-based independent record label founded in 2004 by accomplished music industry executives Derek Shulman, Ron Urban and Ted Green. In January 2006, Mr. Shulman became President and CEO of the label, with Mr. Green, CEO of Anchor Bay Entertainment and Mr. Urban remaining as DRT board members.

With an emphasis on Rock, DRT and its growing staff of young and seasoned music industry professionals provide an environment for artists to achieve commercial success while remaining true to their artistic goals. The labelís targeted sales and marketing strategy allows them to devote attention and resources to their both their developing and established artists in strategies that are flexible, creatively structured and immediately profitable. DRTís artist roster includes Clutch (who in 2005 achieved the highest Billboard Top 200 debut of the groupís 10-year career), Powerman 5000, Blindside, Soil, Street Dogs, American Head Charge and Gwar, as well as developing acts Aphasia, Scotch Greens, Lynam and Artimus Pyledriver.

DRT recently signed a U.S. distribution deal with Universal Music Groupís Fontana Distribution. DRT is also distributed by Universal Music Group in Canada, as well as a number of leading independent distribution companies in the rest of the world including Pinnacle in the United Kingdom and JVC Records in Japan.

As both an artist and a distinguished executive, Mr. Shulman has brought a unique outlook to his work in music and entertainment. As an artist, Mr. Shulman is the former lead singer for sixties pop sensation Simon Dupree And The Big Sound, as well as progressive rock pioneers Gentle Giant. As a music industry executive, he has held a range of impressive positions including Senior VP of A&R, PolyGram Records; President, Atco Records; and was Roadrunnerís first US based President, where he led the company in achieving its first multi-million selling records (Nickelback, Slipknot). He has been responsible for signing a succession of eminent artists, most notably Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Tears For Fears, Men Wthout Hats, and Dexy's Midnight Runners. Mr. Shulman has also realized success with platinum and multi-platinum artists as diverse as AC/DC, The Rembrandts, Sweet Sensation, Pantera, Jive Bunny, Bad Company, Michell'e, Fear Factory, Slipknot and Nickelback. Under his guidance, DRT has grown exponentially in just over 2 years, while remaining true to its artists and its vision.


Imagine our solar system as a barnyard dance. You sneak off for a cold beer and you stand there on Pluto, the last planet, as the ritual unfolds before you. A great fire burns from the center. Planets circle the fire, one ring outside the next, nine deep with moons to spare. Solar flares and asteroids pass between the dancers like drunken kids. Distant pulsars roar like warring cousins. You listen and each planetís sound is unique. Some rotate slowly Ė others are fast. Some drift in harmony and others wage sonic battle. The cosmic rotations emit notes, beats, and songs. Humphrey Bogartís voice booms across deep space: "Stop it, you know what I want to hear." The celestial hoedown is renewed Ė a new Clutch record is born.

Clutch has officially released six studio records, assorted e.p.s, outtakes, 7-inches, and a live record over its long career, and the bandís discography includes hundreds of songs, extends to other projects such as the Bakerton Group, and includes guest appearances on other records, one-off cover songs and side projects, and the thousands of bootlegs that circulate from their live concerts. Clutch is less a band than a vast compendium of styles and experiments. Attentive listeners will sometimes hear Led Zeppelin in their songs and instrumentations, while others will recognize the dynamics of John Coltrane, the eccentricity of Frank Zappa, the blues-soul of Elmore James, or the lyrical invention of Chuck D. But the Clutch sound is never derivative; Clutch is an encyclopedia of musical styles, and they burn every page down into gold. Itís sonic alchemy.

The bandís most recent studio effort is Blast Tyrant (2004). It is the sixth full-length Clutch record to date. Pre- production was done mostly at drummer Jean Paul Gasterís home studio in Maryland, while basic tracking was recorded between Water Music and the Machine Shop (Hoboken, N.J). Blast Tyrant is also the bandís first album for DRT Records.

Blast Tyrant is the first Clutch studio record since Pure Rock Fury (2001). Dedicated fans will recognize that Blast Tyrant is perhaps closest to continuing the musical precedent set by their self-released fourth album Jam Room (1999). The songs alternate between compact form and elaborate instrumental sections. The songs are also diverse in styles, throwing unexpected beats and melodies at the listener. The recordís eccentric full title - Blast Tyrant's Atlas of the Invisible World Including Illustrations of Strange Beasts and Phantasms Ė sprawls out like the title of their debut full-length, while itís semi- conceptual narrative may remind some of Elephant Riders. But concepts are always loose when it comes to Clutch music. High and low, short and long, city and country, sound waves and light years Ė Clutch continues to escape definition and comparison.

Blast Tyrant also features new instrumentations, such as acoustic guitars (on ĎGhostí and ĎThe Regulatorí). These can now be added to their musical experiments with astrolabes, go-go beats, cowbells, harmonica, fiddles, alembics, and other strange devices. There are also some keyboard sections on the record, and this marks a return to an instrument that was used to different effect when they last employed it on their second, self-titled record (1995).

Clutch has passed the three years since their last record where they passed the ten years before that: on the road. Their most recent tours have included Deftones, System of a Down, Biohazard, and Corrosion of Conformity in the U.S., and they toured Japan and Europe with Spiritual Beggars. The list stretches back over the 1990ís like a cometís tail: Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Pantera, Monster Magnet, Prong, Sepultura.

Clutch shows are the stuff of legend and the band has performed everywhere from college bars to sold-out arenas. They continue their proud tradition as a great live act that brings fans of various styles together under a single roof. And their fans return, from one show to the next, and one year to the next, for over one decade, to hear the musical experiment known as Clutch. Twelve years strong, six albums deep, and almost two thousand concerts old, Clutch holds its unique course across the musical universe.

Clutch is:

Dan Maines Ė Bass

Tim Sult Ė Guitar

Jean-Paul Gaster Ė Drums

Neil Fallon Ė Vocals, Guitar


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