Maryland rockers Clutch have announced Earth Rocker as the title of their new studio album. Earth Rocker is scheduled for a worldwide release in March of 2013 on Clutch‘s label Weathermaker Music.
In conjunction with the album’s release Clutch will embark on the Earth Rocker world tour beginning in The United Kingdom in January of 2013. In addition to the tour dates, the band will be available for press opportunities on select dates. A complete list of dates can be found below. A full United States and Canadian headline tour will follow and is slated to run from March 8th through April 20th.
The band has completed tracking Earth Rocker with Machine handling all production duties. Machine is currently in the mixing process on the album. Fans can keep up on the progress of Earth Rocker by visiting the new website www.earthrocker.com.
Frontman Neil Fallon commented on the the recording process for Earth Rocker and how it differs from other Clutch albums:
“Last minute overdubs are fun. Harmonicas, tambourines (yes, we use those), claps, the odd backing vocal. Recording can be monotonous, so those unintended moments can be a lot of fun. It’s kind of like kindergarten music class, but with beer. And sometimes the spontaneity of a last ditch idea breathes a lot of life back into a song that we’ve been beating up for weeks on end. A looming deadline can be a great muse!”
He continues, “It has a lot in common with Blast Tyrant in that Machine’s production techniques are really unique. It differs from Blast Tyrant and a lot of other Clutch records in that, overall, the songs are faster and concise.”
When asked about how this record how it differs from other Clutch releases guitarist Tim Sult added, “As far as the composition of the songs go, this is the heaviest and fastest Clutch album to date. ”
Clutch will also take to the road starting on Halloween for a quick run of dates including two stops in Flint, MI and two stops in Detroit, MI. MonstrO will open these shows with Lionize providing direct support. .
In what has become an annual tradition, Clutch will play a string of Holiday tour dates this December. The dates kick off December 26th in Washington, DC and conclude with a special New Year’s Eve performance in Worcester, MA at The Palladium. Support on these shows will come from Mondo Generator, Saviours and Wino. A complete list of all dates is below.
Clutch Tour Dates With Lionize and Monstro
10/31: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop –
11/1: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop (Sold Out – Rescheduled from 5/13)
11/2: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
11/3: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall (Sold Out – Rescheduled from 5/12)
11/4: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
Holiday Clutch Tour With Mondo Generator, Saviors and Wino
12/26: Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
12/27: Asheville NC @ The Orange Peel
12/28: Lexington KY @ Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
12/29: Columbus OH @ Newport Music Hall
12/30: Sayreville NJ @ Starland Ballroom
12/31: Worcester MA @ The Palladium
Clutch Earth Rocker World Tour
1/21: Press Day in London, UK
1/22: London, UK @ Islington Academy
1/23: Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
1/24: Press Day in Paris, FR
1/25: Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
1/26: Stuttgart, GER @ Universum
1/27: Munchen, GER @ Backstage Club
1/28: Press Day in Berlin, GER
1/29: Berlin, GER @ Lido
1/30: Press Day in Cologne, GER
1/31: Cologne, GER @ Luxor
2/1: Brussels, BE @ VK
2/2: Hamburg, GER @ Logo
2/3: Copenhagen, DK @ Amager Bio
2/4: Press Day in Oslo, NO
2/5: Oslo, NO @ Parkteateret
2/6: Press Day in Stockholm, SWE
2/7: Stockholm, SWE @ Tyrol