Clutch Premiere New Song “We Strive For Excellence”, Announce Fall Tour With Helmet, Quicksand, & JD Pinkus

Clutch have premiered a new song titled “We Strive For Excellence.” Neil Fallon said the following about that:

“‘We Strive For Excellence‘ looks back fondly on childhood summers filled with grand plans gone awry, inexplicable bruises, untreated injuries, and of course, the timeless wisdom of Evel Knievel.”

In other news, the band have also announced a fall tour with Helmet, Quicksand, and JD Pinkus:

09/13 Toronto, ON – Rebel
09/15 Boston, MA – House of Blues
09/16 New York, NY – Palladium Times Square
09/17 Baltimore, MD – Hammerjacks
09/18 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
09/20 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09/21 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
09/23 Louisville, KY – Louder than Life (Clutch only)
09/24 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
09/25 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
09/27 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
09/29 Houston TX – Warehouse Live
09/30 Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
10/01 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
10/02 Austin, TX – Emo’s
10/04 Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
10/05 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
10/07 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock (Clutch only)
10/08 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
10/09 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
10/10 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
10/12 Salt Lake City, UT – the Depot
10/13 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
10/14 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
10/15 West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
10/16 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall

Sergio Vega Says His Departure From Deftones “Was Never About Money”: “It’s Purely About Belonging”

During a recent appearance on “The Jasta Show,” Sergio Vega (Quicksand) further discussed his departure from Deftones. The bassist says the split “was never about money,” adding that it was “purely about belonging.”

Vega said the following:

“On a creative level, they were always super open and super cool. And really, when we talk about the other end, the financial end, which is something that I get, you’re Chino [Moreno, DEFTONES singer] and you have dependents, you have a lot of family, and [if] things go [to] a five-way split [from] a four-way split, it changes things and that’s something that impacts your life. So the financial shift and the financial swing becomes something that’s hard to reckon with. But for me, even in my position and my asks or negotiations were never speaking to that. Not that it was even possible. Being on half of the band’s catalog, you’re not ever going to see money from things you’re not a part of. But it was never even about money. Because even the publishing was there; that’s fine. It’s purely about belonging; it’s purely about just wanting to [feel] like you’re in it.”

“At the beginning, I was up for anything. I was just, like, ‘My friends are in trouble, and I just wanna help.’ My thing was, ‘Whatever you need I got.’ If it was to be, ‘Hey, play these bass lines. We got this thing.’ I’m, like, ‘Yeah. Cool.’ Being a hired gun, there’s no room for creative input — that’s fine. That would have been a thing, and you wrap your head around that. Initially, my only goal was to put my best foot forward and be a help to people in need and people that I cared about. And it was only because of the way that it was presented to me as, ‘This is how it’s gonna go down,’ where something that I started to go, ‘Hey…'”

He also added:

“This was a perennial thing. This was something that would come up, ‘Hey, guys.’ ‘Okay, cool. We’re really happy with the status quo.’ And it was never about money. It was always, like, ‘Here’s another raise.’ I was, like, ‘It’s not about that.’ And it was something that I think is a misconception, like I’m trying to bring a contractual change during a pandemic. I’m not.

Part of this weird dynamic was that having a dual kind of role in a sense of being a core and key writer, arranger and collaborator but also being someone who’s being paid on a salary created a dissonance. And not for myself, but for the whole thing. And so it’d be, like, hey, you’re home and you’re getting paid. But I’m, like, these are the parameters that I’ve been trying to change. I just wanna be in the same boat. Not about equal money or anything, but when times are good, times are good. When there’s income, we can draw from it. When there’s no income, you just hold on to your thing.

It was never about money and it was never about any of that. It was just about literally being in the same situation so that it didn’t create these opportunities for dissonance, where it was, like, ‘Oh, you’re doing this, but we’re paying you while you’re doing this.’ I got a call that was, like, ‘We’re hemorrhaging a lot of money on storage space and you.’ And I was, like, ‘That’s my problem. I’m compared to a storage space. I’m a line item.’ It’s not the money. It’s just the dynamic. So it wasn’t me asking for anything during the pandemic; it was the contract being canceled, which is their right. And then I was, like, ‘Okay, cool. This doesn’t work for anybody. We can finally address a total restructure.’ But at the end of the day, we weren’t able to really come to terms on that. So that’s fine. Basically, everything that I had said in [my initial video] statement is what kind of happened. And I totally understand their position. But mine is I have to respect my situation and my position as well, that it wasn’t something that… having that dissonance, for lack of a better word, was something that was pervasive, and it was something that ultimately was affecting me mentally as well.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Sunny Day Real Estate Added To 2022 Furnace Fest

Sunny Day Real Estate have been added to the 2022 Furnace Fest. That event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 23-25 and the updated daily lineups can be found below.

Lineup:

September 23:

  • Thrice (performing “The Illusion Of Safety“)
  • New Found Glory
  • Alexisonfire
  • Midtown
  • Shadows Fall
  • Quicksand
  • ’68
  • The Acacia Strain
  • Anti-Flag
  • Belmont
  • Capra
  • Close Your Eyes
  • Counterparts
  • Crossfaith
  • The Darling Fire
  • Dead To Fall
  • Doll Skin
  • Drug Church
  • E.Town Concrete
  • Fauxdeep
  • Fiddlehead
  • Forced Neglect
  • Games We Play
  • Glasseater
  • Impending Doom
  • Integrity
  • Madball
  • Movements
  • Norma Jean
  • Open Hand
  • Soul Glo
  • Stretch Arm Strong
  • Strung Out

September 24:

  • Sunny Day Real Estate
  • Manchester Orchestra
  • The Ghost Inside
  • Elliot (performing “False Cathedrals“)
  • Blindside (performing “Silence“)
  • Poison The Well
  • Advent
  • The Appleseed Cast
  • Bleeding Through
  • Cursive
  • Demon Hunter
  • Earth Crisis
  • Figure Four
  • Five Iron Frenzy
  • Hidden In Plain View
  • Idle Threat
  • The Joy Formidable
  • Joy Boy
  • Life In Your Way
  • Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster
  • Misery Signals
  • Mock Orange
  • Morning Again
  • Most Precious Blood
  • MyChildren MyBride
  • Pedro The Lion
  • Roadside Monument
  • The Showdown
  • Spill Canvas
  • Squad 5-0
  • Stairwell
  • Stay Lost
  • Vitreous Humor

September 25:

  • Mastodon
  • Gojira
  • Descendents
  • The Story So Far
  • In Flames
  • American Nightmare
  • Avail
  • A Wilhelm Scream
  • Agnostic Front
  • Angel Du$t
  • As Friends Rust
  • Comeback Kid
  • Dying Wish
  • Free Throw
  • Four Year Strong (performing “Enemy Of The World“)
  • Get The Shot
  • The Higher
  • Jesus Piece
  • Just Like Heaven
  • Koyo
  • Kublai Khan TX
  • Lagwagon
  • Mom Jeans
  • The News Can Wait
  • Nothing
  • Orbit Culture
  • The Red Chord
  • Sick Of It All
  • Slow Crush
  • Spiritbox
  • Stick To Your Guns
  • Strike Anywhere
  • Wristmeetrazor

Sergio Vega Further Discusses His Departure From Deftones And His Upcoming Project

During a recent interview with “Talk Toomey,” Sergio Vega (Quicksand) further discussed his departure from Deftones. Notably, the bassist also discussed a new project he is currently working on.

Vega had the following to say about his time in Deftones [transcribed by The PRP]:

“I had come into the band during a very traumatic time. And we also have a history from ’95. To reiterate that, we became acquainted in ’95. I had filled-in for Chi [Cheng, late Deftones bassist/vocalist] in ’99. Chi and I had become friends… He was playing Fender basses because he saw me kicking one across the stage with Quicksand.

We both shared an energy and catharsis that we brought to shows… And that created a bond. And when I filled-in for him in ’99—he had hurt his toe—bringing that energy and that excitement, having his back, having his band’s back.

And then at one point Chino [Moreno, Deftones vocalist/guitarist] comes to me and was like ‘Hey, if we asked you to join the band, what would you say?’ [I responded] ‘I would tell you that Chi is your boy. This is fun and exciting, Chi is your boy, roll with Chi and that’s gonna be great.’

…And in 2009 when the tragedy happened, the fact that we had hit it off when I filled-in before kind of informed the fact that ‘Hey, lets call him. He’s our friend, he’s there and we’re in need.

So I came in during something very traumatic with Chi. I came into an album, ya know, “Eros“, which was kind of unfinished. My understanding was that the label [Maverick] wasn’t planning on releasing it. They weren’t excited about it. We were just gonna kind of part ways with the label.

But Nick [Raskulinecz, producer] came into the picture and somehow the severance money went on to fund ‘Diamond Eyes‘. And, so let’s give it another shot with another record. And all of that energy, and some altruality and trauma was all expressed in that creating what it was.

Now when I came into the band, I was open to whatever. My friends were in need. ‘What do you guys need? Do you want me to play bass? Do you want me to play banjo? Do you want me to do whatever… and they were like ‘Hey, what you brought in Quicksand, what you did, we’re not entirely sure, but we love Quicksand. Chi loved Quicksand. We want to bring you into the band over time. And this is how it worked with Frank [Delgado, programmer/turntablist] and this is how it’s gonna work with you.’

And so I brought my writing, my arranging and myself. And that was it. And so over the years, it started to become like ‘Hey I would really like to belong to this,’ and whenever it would come up, it was really more like they were good with the status quo.

It was not financial, because they were like, ‘Oh, here’s more money, here’s a raise.’ It was never about money, it was about a sense of belonging. So that was really it. And ultimately, in parting ways, it was not a function of me trying to renegotiate during the pandemic.

It was a function of the contract being cancelled. And me having a little conversation with Chino, and then another conversation with a couple of the guys saying ‘hey’ when they wanted to reinstate [the contract.]

I was like, I think the path forward is that we can all be in the same boat. Now would be the time to get off this type of structure. Because it’s not really working for anybody, especially now when we’re not touring, we’re not doing anything. And it doesn’t make sense to have this type of structure, it has been twelve years [since Vega joined the band] at this point and let’s make good on that.

…We don’t have to work it out now, I just can’t… I just can’t go onto the salary thing because it’s not working for us. And that was it. We really couldn’t come back on that.

In my last conversation it was clear that while that was the initial roadmap, this is what’s gonna happen. Which was the conditions that I was kind of trying to see through.

It became clear that… ‘Hey, splitting it four ways, how that impacted my life…’ Ya know Chino has a lot of… You have people that you’re supporting and those things impact their life.

So, it’s like that can make people shift off a position or off of a thing. So it was clear that I was doing everything on my end to get that. But I was like, at the end of the day, for me it’s not about money.

And the way I think that it may not be clear to some people is that, being brought into something as a member vs. [being] a hired gun doesn’t necessarily mean I’m all of a sudden seeing money from ‘White Pony‘.

It’s really like you said earlier. It’s the security and stability of feeling like you’re a part of something that you’re investing in, and belonging. To me the keyword is this feeling that you belong. Something that you’re pouring yourself into.

Now, had it been from the get go—’this is the vibe, this it the help that we need’—then that’s cool… So for me it was bit of hearing things like ‘Sergio is out of pocket’ [a comment reportedly made online by Chino Moreno regarding Sergio‘s exit] you know, ‘we fired him, it’s about money.’ It was never about money for me.

But at the end of the day, I guess the perception of it encroaching on anyone’s income could have been the thing that allowed it to not come together.”

He continued when asked if his contract allowed him to earn revenue from writing, recording, etc.:

“It’s more like the thing that I think was important to focus on, without getting too into the weeds, that it’s more the difference between everyone kind of being in the same boat so there’s no conflict of interest.

So when you belong to something, however that works, whatever the parameters are decided—because it’s open-ended. But that thing is if there’s thing’s happening, and we’re functioning, and there’s things coming in, then we can draw our living from that. If there’s not, you should make sure that you saved your money and been fine because that’s where you’re going to be drawing from.

And just getting this salary, is different. It creates a different dynamic. My thing was like, this doesn’t have to be… This weirdness during times when if we’re not functioning, it doesn’t speak to who we are and what we are.

And it’s just so much easier just to be whatever that is. Because having you all aligned takes things out of the equation and you just function and you go about your business. And you go about your friendship and creative aspects.

And ultimately it was me coming in, ‘Hey I want to help, how I help?’ [and them saying] here’s how it’s gonna be. And after a certain point I’m like ‘Hey, let’s make it how it’s supposed to be.’”

In other news, Vega also offered an update on his new project:

“…So basically in short, it’s a writing project with a friend of mine named Chris Enriquez, he plays drums in the band Spotlights. And what we’re doing is a single based project. You get with a singer, you talk a little bit about a vibe and we write a song together. And that’s it.

We write and record the song, we give it a little digital component—it was kind of inspired by an Argentine hip-hop producer, who has this series of songs that he does with a lot of artists. [It’s] mostly rappers and some singers, [he[ does a song, records it, that’s it. It’s a series. And the idea of building that as a modality in this kind of music was really, really exciting.

You don’t have the thing of trying to build the band. You don’t have to deal with the time conflicts with the people you may want to work with, it opens up a lot. So currently we have a song done. We have [another] one almost done. And then last week we started working on a track with Keith Buckley [ex-Every Time I Die singer].

…It’s super exciting because we got on the phone and we just talked about life. He, Chris and I had a quick FaceTime. We hadn’t met each other, obviously [we’re] well aware of each other. And we really, really hit it off. So it’s a rare time that I feel compelled to mention the person because of the situation.

Just the spark that came off of that. They did with the other projects as well. But it was just a thing of like ‘Oh my god.’ We talked, we hit it off, I picked up my guitar immediately and started tracking an idea based off our conversation.”

Gojira & Spiritbox Added To 2022 Furnace Fest

Gojira and Spiritbox have been added to the 2022 Furnace Fest. That event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 23-25 and the updated daily lineups can be found below.

Lineup:

September 23:

  • Thrice (performing “The Illusion Of Safety“)
  • New Found Glory
  • Alexisonfire
  • Midtown
  • Shadows Fall
  • Quicksand
  • ’68
  • The Acacia Strain
  • Anti-Flag
  • Belmont
  • Capra
  • Close Your Eyes
  • Counterparts
  • Crossfaith
  • The Darling Fire
  • Dead To Fall
  • Doll Skin
  • Drug Church
  • E.Town Concrete
  • Fauxdeep
  • Fiddlehead
  • Forced Neglect
  • Games We Play
  • Glasseater
  • Impending Doom
  • Integrity
  • Madball
  • Movements
  • Norma Jean
  • Open Hand
  • Soul Glo
  • Stretch Arm Strong
  • Strung Out

September 24:

  • Manchester Orchestra
  • The Ghost Inside
  • Elliot (performing “False Cathedrals“)
  • Blindside (performing “Silence“)
  • Poison The Well
  • Advent
  • The Appleseed Cast
  • Bleeding Through
  • Cursive
  • Demon Hunter
  • Earth Crisis
  • Figure Four
  • Five Iron Frenzy
  • Hidden In Plain View
  • Idle Threat
  • The Joy Formidable
  • Joy Boy
  • Life In Your Way
  • Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster
  • Misery Signals
  • Mock Orange
  • Morning Again
  • Most Precious Blood
  • MyChildren MyBride
  • Pedro The Lion
  • Roadside Monument
  • The Showdown
  • Spill Canvas
  • Squad 5-0
  • Stairwell
  • Stay Lost
  • Vitreous Humor

September 25:

  • Mastodon
  • Gojira
  • Descendents
  • The Story So Far
  • In Flames
  • American Nightmare
  • Avail
  • A Wilhelm Scream
  • Agnostic Front
  • Angel Du$t
  • As Friends Rust
  • Comeback Kid
  • Dying Wish
  • Free Throw
  • Four Year Strong (performing “Enemy Of The World“)
  • Get The Shot
  • The Higher
  • Jesus Piece
  • Just Like Heaven
  • Koyo
  • Kublai Khan TX
  • Lagwagon
  • Mom Jeans
  • The News Can Wait
  • Nothing
  • Orbit Culture
  • The Red Chord
  • Sick Of It All
  • Slow Crush
  • Spiritbox
  • Stick To Your Guns
  • Strike Anywhere
  • Wristmeetrazor

Mastodon, Thrice, In Flames, Etc. Added To 2022 Furnace Fest

More bands have been added to the 2022 Furnace Fest. The event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 23-25 and the updated daily lineups can be found below.

Lineup:

September 23:

  • Thrice (performing “The Illusion Of Safety“)
  • New Found Glory
  • Alexisonfire
  • Midtown
  • Shadows Fall
  • Quicksand
  • ’68
  • The Acacia Strain
  • Anti-Flag
  • Belmont
  • Capra
  • Close Your Eyes
  • Counterparts
  • Crossfaith
  • The Darling Fire
  • Dead To Fall
  • Doll Skin
  • Drug Church
  • E.Town Concrete
  • Fauxdeep
  • Fiddlehead
  • Forced Neglect
  • Games We Play
  • Glasseater
  • Impending Doom
  • Integrity
  • Madball
  • Movements
  • Norma Jean
  • Open Hand
  • Soul Glo
  • Stretch Arm Strong
  • Strung Out

September 24:

  • Manchester Orchestra
  • The Ghost Inside
  • Elliot (performing “False Cathedrals“)
  • Blindside (performing “Silence“)
  • Poison The Well
  • Advent
  • The Appleseed Cast
  • Bleeding Through
  • Cursive
  • Demon Hunter
  • Earth Crisis
  • Figure Four
  • Five Iron Frenzy
  • Hidden In Plain View
  • Idle Threat
  • The Joy Formidable
  • Joy Boy
  • Life In Your Way
  • Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster
  • Misery Signals
  • Mock Orange
  • Morning Again
  • Most Precious Blood
  • MyChildren MyBride
  • Pedro The Lion
  • Roadside Monument
  • The Showdown
  • Spill Canvas
  • Squad 5-0
  • Stairwell
  • Stay Lost
  • Vitreous Humor

September 25:

  • Mastodon
  • Descendents
  • The Story So Far
  • In Flames
  • American Nightmare
  • Avail
  • A Wilhelm Scream
  • Agnostic Front
  • Angel Du$t
  • As Friends Rust
  • Comeback Kid
  • Dying Wish
  • Free Throw
  • Four Year Strong (performing “Enemy Of The World“)
  • Get The Shot
  • The Higher
  • Jesus Piece
  • Just Like Heaven
  • Koyo
  • Kublai Khan TX
  • Lagwagon
  • Mom Jeans
  • The News Can Wait
  • Nothing
  • Orbit Culture
  • The Red Chord
  • Sick Of It All
  • Slow Crush
  • Stick To Your Guns
  • Strike Anywhere
  • Wristmeetrazor

Poison The Well, Counterparts, Etc. Added To 2022 Furnace Fest

Poison The Well, Counterparts, Life In Your Way, Open Hand, Glasseater, and Games We Play have been added to the 2022 Furnace Fest. That event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 23-25 and the previously announced acts include: The Ghost Inside, New Found Glory, Alexisonfire, Advent, The Acacia Strain, American Nightmare, Anti-Flag, As Friends Rust, Bleeding Through, Capra, Demon Hunter, Earth Crisis, Elliott, Integrity, The Joy Formidable, Just Like Heaven, Kublai Khan, Lagwagon, Misery Signals, Mom Jeans, Morning Again, Nothing, Pedro The Lion, Quicksand, Roadside Monument, Shadows Fall, Slow Crush, Stretch Arm Strong, Strike Anywhere, and Wristmeetrazor.

The Ghost Inside, Alexisonfire, New Found Glory, Shadows Fall, Bleeding Through, Etc. Set For 2022 Furnace Fest

The initial lineup has been revealed for this year’s Furnace Fest. The event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on September 23-25 and it will feature the following: The Ghost Inside, New Found Glory, Alexisonfire, Advent, The Acacia Strain, American Nightmare, Anti-Flag, As Friends Rust, Bleeding Through, Capra, Demon Hunter, Earth Crisis, Elliott, Integrity, The Joy Formidable, Just Like Heaven, Kublai Khan, Lagwagon, Misery Signals, Mom Jeans, Morning Again, Nothing, Pedro The Lion, Quicksand, Roadside Monument, Shadows Fall, Slow Crush, Stretch Arm Strong, Strike Anywhere, and Wristmeetrazor.

Quicksand Share Live In-Studio Performance Of “Missile Command”

Quicksand have premiered a new live video for their song “Missile Command.” The clip was recorded at Vinegar Hill Studios in Brooklyn, NY. The track appears on the band’s latest album “Distant Populations.”