Stalwart firecrackers CLUTCH have revealed the fifth release in their series of live concert recordings, shared under the collective moniker PA Tapes, comes from a riotous night in Oregon on October 9th, 2022.
Released today, Tuesday 14th November, PA Tapes (Live In Portland, 10/9/22), showcases a fat slab of veritable bangers guaranteed to get your blood pumping and toes tapping.
The release also includes rare gems like “Green Buckets” (from 1998’s The Elephant Riders album), performed live a mere 60-or-so times over the band’s extensive career, which has racked up nigh-on 3000 live performances with dates every year since 1991.
Legendary for changing the set list every night, with each band member taking turns in the hot seat, the party in Portland was curated by ground-trembling bassist Dan Maines, who raves, “Roseland Theater in Portland is one of our favourite stops on tour! Always great energy from the audience; October 9th, 2022 was no exception.”
A decade on from boldly declaring, “If you’re gonna do it, do it live on stage, or don’t do it at all‘ in their acclaimed single “Earth Rocker”, CLUTCH‘s PA Tapes comprise meticulously mixed and mastered live shows from around the world. Renowned for their captivating and authentic live performances, the handpicked shows reflect some of the best live atmosphere, giving fans globally a chance to experience the energy and excitement of a CLUTCH concert from the comfort of their own homes, whenever they like.
PA Tapes (Live In Portland, 10/9/22) is available from today, Tuesday 14th November, on all digital platforms, including Spotify. Don’t miss the previous releases from the PA Tapes series, including shows recorded in Nashville, Seattle, and Copenhagen, plus a very early show at the famous King’s Head Inn in Norfolk, Virginia from 1993!
PA Tapes (Live In Portland, 10/9/22)
The track list includes:
Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)
Walking In The Great Shining Path Of Monster Trucks
Promoter (Of Earthbound Causes)
El Jefe Speaks
Pure Rock Fury
Mountain Of Bone
The Mob Goes Wild
A Shogun Named Marcus
Skeletons On Mars
The House That Peterbilt
CLUTCH recently performed in front of a 10,000 sold out crowd at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre with country artist Cody Jinks. The group will see out 2023 with a show on December 9th at the Warren Haynes Presents Christmas Jam in Asheville, North Carolina. Touring plans for 2024 are already underway, with Florida’s Welcome To Rockville announced for May, and a return to the UK in August for Bloodstock confirmed.
CLUTCH‘s thirteenth studio album, Sunrise On Slaughter Beach, was released in September 2022 and is a slamming summary of everything that makes the band great. The band have released three official singles – “Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)“, “We Strive For Excellence” and “Slaughter Beach“. Sunrise On Slaughter Beach is the natural culmination of what CLUTCH began as teenagers in the early ‘90s.
Recorded at The Magpie Cage Recording Studio, Baltimore, MD, the album was produced and mixed by Grammy nominated Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Royal Blood, Pixies) with additional engineering by J Robbins (Jawbreaker, Against Me!, The Sword). Sunrise On Slaughter Beach introduces some “firsts” into the CLUTCH canon: vibraphone (from Gaster), theremin (J. Robbins), and female backup vocals from singers Deborah Bond and Frenchie Davis.
The album’s nine songs are a diverse ride, destined to please long-time fans and intrigue newcomers alike. It’s a new chapter in an ever-unfolding story which means as much to the fans as it does to the band.
Clutch shares more in common with The Grateful Dead, Rush, and the Allman Brothers than their heavy riffs and heady twists-of-phrase might suggest. Because like those bands, the supporters who adore Clutch are there for the experience, community, and authentic connection. To love Clutch is to feel a sense of ownership, membership, and belonging.
Seneca Valley High School classmates Neil Fallon (vocals), Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines (bass), and Jean-Paul Gaster (drums) share an unshakeable musical and personal bond now three decades strong. Shaped by the same region which birthed Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Rites Of Spring, Clutch crafts hyper-literate and libertine jams informed by hardcore fury and fuzzy, athletic, stoner rock.
“There’s no question that Clutch etched themselves a name in the pantheon of great rock bands,” Lambgoat wrote in 2004. Classic Rock counted 2013’s Earth Rocker and 2015’s Psychic Warfare among the 50 Best Rock Albums of the 2010s. Rolling Stone described 2018’s Book of Bad Decisions as “bathed in the grit and liberal fuzz tone that have made their live shows legendary.” The global accolades across their acclaimed catalogue are numerous.
Live shows over the years include tours with Slayer and System Of A Down and more recent co-headlining treks with Dropkick Murphys, Killswitch Engage, and Mastodon. Like Slayer or Iron Maiden, Clutch outlasted rock bands anchored to “hit songs” and the pressure of replicating them. The foursome from Germantown, Maryland, isn’t bound by trends. Across thirteen studio albums and assorted releases since 1991, they’ve earned a reputation as one of the best around.
Neil Fallon – Vocals
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums
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