“I think it happens naturally,” measured Neil Fallon, vocalist for Clutch, when pressed on the variation within the rock genre that permeates through the bands’ music. “Life’s too short to not wanna try and learn new things while you’re here. Sometimes when writing a record we’ll say okay, we’ve got five or six straight ahead, up-tempo rock numbers, maybe we should try writing a song that’s a slower tempo or in a minor key or even some finger picking bass stuff that we sometimes do. Sometimes Jean-Paul (drums) says we don’t have any songs in this time signature and we will think about that but for the most part we kind of follow our guts and not overthink it too terribly.”
Listen to the full interview to hear Neil’s thoughts on the upcoming Clutch album ‘Book of Bad Decisions’, the unusual choice of using a producer in Vance Powell that is better known for country music, the bands formula when it comes to writing, a step back into the early days of the band and how they broke into the music industry, the difficulties faced with coming up with fresh material the more you release, how Clutch have changed musically over their illustrious career and more.
Book of Bad Decisions is released September 7 via Weathermaker Music/Rocket
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