Maryland rockers CLUTCH are tentatively set to release their new album, “Book Of Bad Decisions”, in September. The disc was recently completed at Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, Tennessee with producer and engineer Vance Powell (THE WHITE STRIPES, RED FANG).
Speaking to “The Liquid Conversations” host Shawn SixX at this past weekend’s Las Rageous festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, CLUTCH frontman Neil Fallon stated about working with Powell: “He comes from the live background; he’s a touring engineer, front-of-house… he’s one of us. And so he came out on the road with us for three or four days, and his philosophy was just to put microphones in front of the cabinets, record the band all together in one room. It’s a very simple thing that’s kind of gotten lost in translation. And the album, listening to it now, I know it’s gonna be a really honest and accurate portrayal of how [the songs] are gonna sound on stage.”
Asked how “Book Of Bad Decisions” compares to 2015’s “Psychic Warfare”, Fallon said: “I think it’s more stripped down in some regards. There’s more of a wider range of tempos. There’s more songs; there’s 15 of ’em on there. At this point, I was so close to it for so long, I kind of can’t see the forest for the trees; I have to take a step back to understand what this record is, if that makes any sense.”
Neil also touched upon the new CLUTCH album title, explaining that it came “from a song on the album, which, to me, it’s a pretty dark song. I was trying to write lyrics that were kind of like a Cormac McCarthy novel in about three and a half minutes,” he said. “But anyone in their life does bad decisions, and you can look back and see the repercussions of that spread out like a pebble thrown into a pool. We’ve made bad decisions; we’ve also made really good ones. Thankfully, all of us are surrounded by good people that ride our wheelhouse when we get a little tipsy.”
“Psychic Warfare” debuted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 chart after shifting 26,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 8, 2015. The disc was released via the band’s own label, Weathermaker Music.