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Clutch - Earth Rocker

Greetings and salutations, acolytes. Given that we have abandoned 2012 to the mists of time and are now fully engaged in 2013, with the expected end of the world nowhere to be found, the time has come to look forward to the impending musical releases the year has in store for us. It seems that a number of your Esteemed Professor’s favourite musical acts are releasing new music very, very soon, and as such some of the new songs are beginning to see the light of day. I’ve already mentioned Bad Religion, a band who are most certainly in my 5 most favourite bands of all time, and now we have a new song from another top 5 band, the mighty Clutch, who unleashed the title track from their forthcoming release Earth Rocker.

The song is prototypical Clutch, filled with swagger (not to be confused with this “swag” that seems to be all the rage with the kids these days) and groove, with more of a straight-forward rock sound than their recent, blues-laced output. (Indications are that this direction is representative of the album as a whole, and I have no complaints about that.) Neil Fallon‘s voice is as gruff as ever, and the maniacal laugh during the chorus is growing on me rapidly. Tim Sult‘s guitarwork is as distinctive as ever and the rhythm section of Dan Maines and J.P. Gaster remains one of the most underrated duos in music. The song’s lyrics are a bit less abstract than usual, instead serving as a manifesto for Clutch’s road-hardened ways:

[quote-symbol symbol1]If you’re going to do it, do it live on stage, or don’t do it at all.
If you’re going to do it you better take it to the stage, or don’t do it at all.

It seems that we will have to wait a few months until we get the rest of the album; Earth Rocker is due out in March through the band’s own Weathermaker Records. Until then, I will likely try to avoid listening to this song too much so as not to burn myself out. That sort of self-control is not going to be easy, of course, but I believe it will be worth it in the end.

Professor D. Grover the XIIIth