Published Jun 04, 2010As we recently reported, Maryland-based hard rock veterans Clutch, who are coming up on their 20th anniversary, are gearing up for a busy year. The quartet have already released their highly anticipated DVD, Live at the 9:30, via their Weathermaker Music label, and now they're getting ready for a world tour and a few album reissues. In an interview with Exclaim!, guitarist Tim Sult revealed some more information regarding the stoner groove band's upcoming plans.
Sult says the Clutch tour, which will also feature the band's instrumental blues/jazz alter-ego, the Bakerton Group, as openers, will also include Maryland's reggae rock band Lionize. The band also happen to feature Sult on guitar.
"I'll be playing three sets, which is fun, it's a good warm-up. Lionize is a good warm-up for Bakerton, Bakerton is a good warm-up for Clutch," Sult explains. "The Lionize set and Bakerton set are only about a half an hour each, so it's no big deal."
Although there is no confirmation yet on any Canadian shows, Sult gives us some hope. "I saw a tentative itinerary for the fall and there was a Toronto show. There are quite a few Canadian shows actually," he discloses. "So hopefully that will happen."
Clutch are also set to re-release three of their albums this year. Reissues of From Beale Street to Oblivion, Robot Hive/Exodus and Blast Tyrant are expected on June 22, August 17 and October 12, respectively, as expanded CD and digital releases. Double-vinyl versions of all three will be available on November 23.
"We're doing reissues of the past three albums that we released before Strange Cousins From the West, because we got the rights to those three albums back from the label that we were on previously and a lot of those CDs have been out-of-print for a while, so it's just time to bring them all back," Sult says.
"They're going to be in double CD form. The first one will be the From Beale Street to Oblivion re-release and the bonus CD has four songs that we recorded live for the BBC, including a cover of 'Politician' by Cream and some songs that we recorded live in Australia as well. So the bonus CD has eight songs, plus the video for 'Electric Worry.' And then after that we're putting out Robot Hive/Exodus and then Blast Tyrant after that."
Clutch's recently released dual DVD set, Live at the 9:30, features a 90-minute concert of the band performing a 19-song set, including the entire 1995 self-titled album, at Washington, DC's legendary 9:30 Club. The second disc features a two-hour behind-the-scenes movie about their 2009 North American tour, called Fortune Tellers Make a Killing Nowadays. Also included on the double DVD set are rare show footage from 1991 and 1992, band interviews and commentary from mega Clutch fans like Duff Goldman from Food Network's Ace of Cakes and Scott "Wino" Weinrich, as well as members of System of a Down, Fu Manchu and more.
Live at the 9:30 follows the band's latest full-length release, 2009's Strange Cousins From the West, their ninth studio album to date.
Head here for a complete listing of tour dates, which kick off today (June 4) in Huntington, WV.