Watch Clutch, The Sword, Royal Thunder, Etc. Members Cover Styx’s “Renegade”

Mlny Parsonz (Royal Thunder), Kyle Shutt (The Sword), Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch), Per Wiberg (Opeth, Candlemass), and Mike Squires (Duff McKagan’s Loaded) recently teamed up for a cover of Styx’s “Renegade” as part of Couch Riffs. Squires commented:

“This song, you guys, is an absolute classic and one of the biggest songs from my childhood. To this day when I hear it I get excited and electrified. So, when JP and Kyle decided to reprise their spots with Couch Riffs and suggested this song I was ALL OVER IT. Also, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to swap solos with Mr Shutt. We were lucky enough to further elevate this line-up with two more absolute crushers in Mlny Parsonz and Per Wiberg on vocals and keys, respectively. This cover is certainly more raw than the original version (like most all of our covers) and I’m proud of what happened here. I hope you guys enjoy this as much as we did! This was a blast!”

Clutch’s Jean-Paul Gaster: “Over The Last Year, We’ve Written A Lot Of Songs For Our New Album”

During a recent interview with Dimitris Kontogeorgakos of Metal Kaoz, Clutch’s Jean-Paul Gaster discussed the progress that the band have made on their new album. The drummer says the group have already “written a lot of songs” for the effort.

Gaster said the following:

“Over the last year, we’ve written a lot of songs for our new album, and we’ve done some streaming shows too, which was something we knew nothing about prior to the pandemic. But we educated ourselves quickly, and that kept us busy for a lot of last year as well.

We’ve been writing now for our new album that we will record in the fall, and I think we’re spending more time than ever in the studio, just trying out different ideas. And most of the ideas don’t ever really make it to the end; we try 10 things and we keep one.

I think we are even more selective than we were before as to which ideas we really decide to focus on. And I think it is because we have so much more time. Before, we would come home for a tour and maybe we would have three weeks off. So, the first week, we don’t do really much of anything — everybody goes back home to their families and we rest — and then the next two weeks we would get together and we would just jam really hard and get a bunch of ideas, and then on the road and play those ideas, and then come back and do it again. And that process might go on for a year and a half. This has been different. This is the first time where we’ve had so much time at home to work on ideas and never really tried them in a live setting. So I’m not sure how it’s gonna impact the record. But I think it’s gonna make for a different album — whether it’s good, bad or otherwise, it’s too early to tell. But, for sure, it’s a different dynamic, and it requires more of us.

So often, when we have new ideas and we put them in front of an audience, you can really tell right away — we know right away if the song is the right tempo, we know right away if the riffs are where they need to be, if the chorus is the way it needs to be. It’s a testing ground. And we don’t have that right now. So, for that reason, I think we are being a lot more careful about what ideas we really wanna focus on, and which ones we think, ‘You know what? We’ve done that before. Let’s do something a little different.'”

He went on to say that the new album will probably be released in early 2022:

“Hopefully before we start really hitting the road again. And it’ll be fun to get back out there. Man, I just miss it so much.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Clutch, The Sword, Etc. Members Cover Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative”

Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch), Kyle Shutt (The Sword), Kristian Bush (Sugarland), and Mike Squires (Duff McKagan’s Loaded) recently joined forces for a quarantine cover of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative.” You can see footage of that below:

Clutch Will “Probably” Enter The Studio In The Winter

During a recent interview with Meltdown of Detroit’s WRIF, Jean-Paul Gaster confirmed that Clutch have been working on new music. He said the following:

“We’ve been writing some material. I would expect we’ll get into the studio probably sometime this winter.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Lamb Of God, Clutch, & Stinking Lizaveta Members Share New Song “The Burnt Offerings”

Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton, Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster, and Stinking Lizaveta guitarist Yanni Papadopoulos have shared a new song titled “The Burnt Offerings.” The track, which also features vocalist Naeemah Maddox and keyboardist Chris Brooks, was released under the name Morton Gaster Papadopoulos.

Papadopoulos told The Obelisk the following:

“This were my riffs that I brought to the table when jamming with Mark and JP. Those guys took the parts and rearranged them in a less linear order and Mark added his own fills in the spaces. Of course Naeemah wrote her own parts to the arrangement with lyrics, vox and flute.

Chris Brooks filled in the keys. However, it all started with a bassline which I thought JP could really sink his teeth into. J. Robbins was great to work with, he knew just how to make sense of it all. What your hearing is virtually a live in the studio track. Mark’s solo was cut live with bass and drums with no edits. First take magic!”

Maddox added:

“In the current social climate it is no longer sufficient to be non-racist. One must be anti-racist. This moment demands true accountability, and real change.

Transnational corporations stating their support for BLM should only be taken as sincere if they also advocate and lobby for social reforms like a living wage, universal healthcare, and defunding and demilitarising the police; using these new freed up resources to reinvest in vulnerable communities that need it most.

The time has long passed for petty sloganeering and cynical tokenism. Being against police brutality in 2020 shouldn’t even be a political issue. This is a failure of our society and goes beyond political persuasion. This is about human rights and creating a world our children would want to live in.”

Zakk Sabbath Recruit Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch) For September Shows

Clutch’s Jean-Paul Gaster will be handling the drumming duties for a few Zakk Sabbath dates in September. He will be filling in for Joey Castillo who has prior commitments.

Tour Dates:

09/07 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
09/08 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
09/09 Mashantucket, CT – Outdoors at Foxwoods Resort Casino (‘Revolution Rock Festival‘)

Clutch Planning To Work On New Material In Early 2017

It looks like Clutch will be writing some new music early next year. Jean-Paul Gaster revealed the news in a recent chat with How Was It Detroit?. You can watch that interview below:

Gaster said the following:

“We’re gonna write some, and then we’re gonna go back on tour. Touring really never ends. We take breaks from time to time. We’ll take off the first three months of next year and we’ll get down to writing, see what kind of direction that’s gonna take us in, and then start making plans to record. Probably what will happen is we will do some shows in the spring, and then, for us, it’s really important to play the new songs live, so I have a feeling that wherever we choose to record, we’ll do shows on the way out there to work through the material, play the material.

You know, for me, as a drummer, those experiences are crucial to recording a record that, at the end of the day, you feel proud of. In the live setting, you can immediately tell where the pulse of that tune is. You gauge by the audience reaction, how they’re latching on to whatever groove that is, and you start to tweak things—you might pull stuff back or you might push stuff, change up an approach entirely, maybe. But that’s really crucial—it really brings the song to life.”

He also added the following about his side project with Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Yanni Papadopoulos (Stinking Lizaveta), and Chris Brooks (Lionize):

“…I’ve been jamming with Mark, Yanni and Chris, and the four of us have been getting together for about a year now. We have a good collection of tunes, and I think, really, the next move is to make a recording. And so we’ll probably do that at some point next year. It’s such an eclectic mix of musicians that when we get together, it’s a lot of fun more than anything, and stuff happens very quickly. So the shape of the music changes, and the approach changes. There’s a lot of energy there, and we’re still trying to figure out how to focus it and what exactly it’s gonna be.”

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God) Streams New Solo Track “Love Heals”

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God) is streaming a new solo track titled “Love Heals.” The song also features Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch), Yanni Papadopoulos, and Chris Brooks, and can be heard below:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God) Streams New Solo Track “SnowBound”

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God) is streaming a new solo track titled “SnowBound.” The song also features Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch), Yanni Papadopoulos, and Chris Brooks, and can be heard below:

Morton issued the following statement:

“Here is sample of some of the new music I’ve been working on. It’s definitely a little different than what you’re used to hearing me do with Lamb. There are some great players involved in this project (including J.P. from Clutch on the drums!). I’m having a blast working on this stuff, and that’s what this is all about for me… FUN! I hope you enjoy it!”