Clutch äänittää uuden albuminsa ensi vuonna

Kirjoittanut Joonas Arppe - 3.12.2020
Jean-Paul Gaster Tuskassa 2018

Clutchin kitaristi Tim Sult korjaili WSOU-radiokanavan haastattelussa rumpali Jean-Paul Gasterin aiempaa lausuntoa, jonka mukaan Clutch olisi ollut aikeissa äänittää jatkoa vuoden 2018 albumilleen ”The Book Of Bad Decisions” jo tänä talvena. ”Valitettavasti en usko meidän ehtivän studioon vielä tänä talvena, ja luulen hänen tarkoittaneen ensi talvea” kertoi Sult. Kitaristi lupaili kuitenkin yhtyeen olevan oikeissa olosuhteissa valmis studioon jo syksyllä 2021:

”I don’t think we’re going to be able to get into the studio this winter, unfortunately. It’s probably gonna be next year. He may have meant next winter. Our plans can change from day to day. But, yeah, I don’t think that’s gonna happen, unfortunately. Next winter is more realistic – probably next fall, actually. We’re just gonna do what we always do – we’re gonna write songs and just keep playing them until every member of the band likes it and agrees on it.”

Rumpali Jean-Paul Gaster kertoi syyskuussa Cobras & Fire -podcastissa Clutchin aloittaneen materiaalin valmistelun uutta albumiaan varten. Toistaiseksi konserttiensa livestreamaukseen keskittyneen yhtyeen pyörät tuntuvat pyörivän aiempaa hitaammin, mutta Gaster painottaa Clutchin työstävän materiaalia kunnes albumi on kasassa:

”On paper, you would think that this would be a creative time for artists, and maybe there are artists out there who are doing some of their best work ever right now, writing their best songs. I can tell you, for us, we’ve concentrated mostly on trying to figure out how to stream shows and figure out that technology. And while we have started to write, we are not living in very inspiring times.

We’ve always been a band that writes songs and immediately puts these songs into the set. That gives us the opportunity to play these things, and the songs take shape. We really rely on that live environment to bring those songs to life, because oftentimes what sounds great in the jam room does not translate to the live setting. And you can tell that within the first 10 seconds of playing that song; you know right away if something works or not. And so I think we’re missing that element. That’s not to say that we will not record. But I think for us the challenge is gonna be how do we try to emulate that with this new dynamic. And we’re gonna figure that out, no doubt.”

Clutchin kolmas täysimittainen livestream-konsertti Live From The Doom Saloon III lähetetään Marylandin The Doom Saloon -studiolta 18. päivä joulukuuta; setti sisältää 15 fanien valitsemaa kappaletta.