Clutch interview with Dan Maines on the eve of their exclusive appearance at Download Australia 2020.
Clutch interview with Dan Maines on the eve of their exclusive appearance at Download Australia 2020."WITH THE RELEASE OF THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 12TH STUDIO ALBUM, THE GLORIOUSLY TITLED ‘BOOK OF BAD DECISIONS’, IT WOULD BE EASY TO SUGGEST THAT LEGENDARY MARYLAND ROCKERS CLUTCH HAVE MADE THEIR FINEST RECORD TO DATE. THIS MAY EVEN BE TRUE. YOU SEE, THE THING ABOUT CLUTCH IS THAT EVER SINCE THEIR 1993 DEBUT TRANSNATIONAL SPEEDWAY LEAGUE THEY'VE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS OF WRITING STONE COLD CLASSICS, AND EVEN THE MOST RABID FAN WOULD HAVE TROUBLE PICKING JUST ONE. ‘BOOK OF BAD DECISIONS’ WON'T MAKE THAT TASK ANY EASIER. REST ASSURED, IT'S ANOTHER CLASSIC"
Bio's can be a fickle thing; often full of false analogies and untruths. No there is no doubt that Clutch is a certified hard-rocking institution that does their job so proficiently and always exceeding all expectations. Every album not only has multi-layered influences, but you are always guaranteed a great time. However if you wisely choose to witness this band live, the dice has just rolled two sixes for you because Clutch owns the stage in every way.
We chatted with bassist Dan Maines for a long-form conversation which was entertaining and broad in scope.
Dan is the type of guy you could chat with at a local pub about music for days. We discussed: how important it is to keep the music fresh and interesting, how D.C. bands like Bad Brains and Fugazi influenced so many artists, the fun of the live show, the positives/negatives of the modern music industry and Clutch's love of Australia. Dan most definitely has his finger on the pulse on what makes real music so essential but he also touched on the current bushfire tragedy in our country. Yes, certified top bloke!. Clutch are damned excited to play Download Australia 2020 and as Dan so clearly stated:
"Anytime we have the opportunity to do something like Download Australia, we don't have to think twice about it"
So have a listen to our quality chat, check out 2018's epic release Book of Bad Decisions, but pretty much shuffle their whole excellent catalog and whether you have never seen the band before or you are a veteran of many of their live performances; you know you are in for a treat.
Here's our colossal chat:
Here's our colossal chat:
Check this out for a touch of the live juggernaut that is the mighty Clutch:
and see the show live at Download Australia next month:
Grab those tickets here for heavy greatness: