Published Oct 16, 2012Despite Clutch delivering their two-song "Pigtown Blues" single earlier this year, it's been over three years since the Maryland-based groove unit have issued an LP. The follow-up to 2009's Strange Cousins form the West is apparently just around the corner, though, and it's titled Earth Rocker.
A press release from the band confirms that Earth Rocker lands sometime in March of next year via the band's own Weathermaker Music. While a tracklisting has yet to be revealed, the group have apparently completed the recording process. Producer Machine has apparently started the final mixes.
Speaking of the album, Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon admitted that they've added some extra touches to Earth Rocker that set it apart form previous releases.
"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," he said in a statement. "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!"
Six-stringer Tim Sult added, "As far as the composition of the songs go, this is the heaviest and fastest Clutch album to date."
The band have some upcoming shows in the U.S. and Europe that you can find out more about over here, while Canadian dates are expected to arrive sometime around the album's release.