Clutch are returning to the UK in January and February 2012 as they support Thin Lizzy. We figured we’d ask Neil Fallon some questions about being old.
Whether or not it’s true, does it bother them that you’re seen as a “classic” band now?
Well, twenty years in, I suppose its better than “antiquated” or “obsolete”.
Now that Clutch have been going for a while would you say there’s plenty left in the tank?
Sure. I think we write more prolifically now than we ever have.
Clutch are one of the most distinguishable bands around how do you come up with new material without ripping yourselves off?
I think it’s a combination of always trying to grow our musical vocabulary and never premeditating our moves. It’s important to follow instinct. When music becomes too calculated it can become insincere.
What’s been the biggest mistake of your career, if any?
We have to look at any mistake as a lesson. Maybe being too uneducated or naive about the music business early on was a mistake. But we learned how to navigate it eventually.
Have you ever experienced a success-coming-out-of-failure situation?
DRT was certainly a failure. We learned a lot of lessons in that time and applied what we’ve learned while launching Weather Maker. I consider Weather Maker a success.
Where do you find your influences for your lyrics?
Sometimes it’s easy, a song comes out of the blue and writes itself. Other times, I bang my head against the wall for weeks, months. Whether it be a conversation I overhear or an odd line in a movie, anything can become a topic of song.
Given how well songs like The Regulator and Ghost work, have they ever considered doing an acoustic record?
The second disc of the Blast Tyrant reissue is something of an acoustic record. Tim plays an acoustic guitar for a good number of those tunes. We haven’t discussed doing any more, but ya never know.
What is it like being a blues band with a metal fanbase?
I don’t think our fanbase is metal. Sure, they’re are plenty of metal heads in a Clutch crowd, but these days it’s a diverse group. We like that.
Clutch & Thin Lizzy UK 2012 tour
19 Glasgow Barrowlands
21 Newcastle City Hall
23 Leicester De Montfort Hall
24 York Barbican
25 Cambridge Corn Exchange
27 Wolverhampton City Hall
29 Sheffield City Hall
31 Plymouth Pavilions
01 Cardiff St Davids City Hall
03 Brighton Dome
04 London HMV Hammersmith Apollo