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Clutch: “Maryland is known for crabs – just crabs”

November 10th, 2009

We’d bet good money that you’ve never seen a live band better than Maryland rockers, Clutch. Don’t even pretend you know better. Which is why we sent Amit Sharma to corner drummer Jean-Paul Gaster when the band played in London last week..

Clutch promo photo 2009 Thrash Hits

Strange Cousins From The West sounds killer! How did you come up with the album title?
“It’s one of the lines out of the song ‘Minotaur’ – it seems like that’s one of the most difficult things for us to do: actually naming the album, we always struggle with that for some reason! Neil [Fallon, vocals] is usually best at that, he writes all the lyrics for the band (thankfully). We kicked around some ideas and that sort of struck a chord – it’s a real visual kinda thing and I think everyone’s probably got some strange cousins from the West!”

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Clutch self-confirm Download Festival appearance?

March 9th, 2009

Well, this is a turn-up for the books – the kings of balls-out party-blues, Clutch, have self-confirmed an appearance on the Sunday of this year’s Download Festival via their MySpace page, . Why is this a surprise? Because we’d heard hints from the heavy metal rumour mill that the band were a shoe-in for the new boy on the block – and Download’s biggest rival – Sonisphere Festival.

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