Clutch announce new album Sunrise on Slaughter Beach

Photo by: Dan Winters

Official press release:

Clutch shares more in common with The Grateful Dead, Rush, and the Allman Brothers than their heavy riffs and heady twists-of-phrase might suggest. Because like those bands, the supporters who adore Clutch are there for the experience, community, and authentic connection. To love Clutch is to feel a sense of ownership, membership, and belonging.

Seneca Valley High School classmates Neil Fallon (vocals), Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines (bass), and Jean-Paul Gaster (drums) share an unshakeable musical and personal bond now three decades strong. Shaped by the same region which birthed Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Rites of SpringClutch crafts hyper-literate and libertine jams informed by hardcore fury and fuzzy, athletic, stoner rock.

Today, those classmates announce Sunrise On Slaughter Beach, the band’s thirteenth studio album – a slamming summary of everything that makes the band great and another giant leap forward into career longevity. The album will be released on September 16th, 2022 via Weathermaker Music.

New bangers like “Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)”, “Nosferatu Madre”, “Skeletons on Mars”, “Jackhammer Our Names”, and “Mercy Brown” take their rightful place alongside Clutch classics. Sunrise On Slaughter Beach is the natural culmination of what Clutch began as teenagers in the early ‘90s.

Recorded at the The Magpie Cage Recording Studio, Baltimore, MD, the album was produced and mixed by Grammy nominated Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Royal Blood, Pixies) with additional engineering by J Robbins (Jawbreaker, Against Me!, The Sword).

Sunrise on Slaughter Beach track listing:

  1. “Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)”
  2. “Slaughter Beach”
  3. “Mountain Of Bone”
  4. “Nosferatu Madre”
  5. “Mercy Brown”
  6. “We Strive For Excellence”
  7. “Skeletons On Mars”
  8. “Three Golden Horns”
  9. “Jackhammer Our Names”

Clutch have shared two new songs with fans so far. The first single, “Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)”, was released in April to much acclaim from fans and critics alike. The track has notched 415k streams on Spotify alone with the official music video clocking up 384k YouTube views. Last month, the group unveiled “We Strive For Excellence” which is closing in fast on 250k Spotify streams already. The track is available digitally from all DSPs here.

Jean-Paul Gaster initially thought album thirteen would be an opposite reaction to the polarisation and uncertainty of the pandemic years. Perhaps something more upbeat, in the vein of 2013’s Earth Rocker. He comments:

“The more the songs took shape, the less I saw that kind of an album. Something different took shape. The record we ended up with is, in some ways, the most different record we’ve made in a long time.”

Sunrise On Slaughter Beach introduces some “firsts” into the Clutch canon: vibraphone (from Gaster), theremin (J. Robbins), and female backup vocals from singers Deborah Bond and Frenchie Davis. The album’s nine songs are a diverse ride, destined to please long-time fans and intrigue newcomers alike. It’s a new chapter in an ever-unfolding story which means as much to the fans as it does to the band.

Clutch have extensive tour plans to support the new album, including a set of US headline dates this Autumn. Joining them on that 26-date run will be Helmet and Quicksand who will be rotating the main support slot nightly and special guest JD Pinkus. Ticket for the tour are on sale now from ClutchOnTour.com.

The band have an equally packed touring schedule outside of North America, including summer festivals, further headline dates, and a return to Europe.

9/13 Toronto, ON – Rebel ^
9/15 Boston, MA – House of Blues ^
9/16 New York, NY – Palladium Times Square ^
9/17 Baltimore, MD – Hammerjacks ^
9/18 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz ^
9/20 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE ^
9/21 Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall ^
9/23 Louisville, KY – Louder than Life *
9/24 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works ^
9/25 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern ^
9/27 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues ^
9/29 Houston TX – Warehouse Live ^
9/30 Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum ^
10/01 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom ^
10/02 Austin, TX – Emo’s ^
10/04 Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren ^
10/05 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent ^
10/07 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock *
10/08 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House ^
10/09 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre ^
10/10 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO ^
10/12 Salt Lake City, UT – the Depot ^
10/13 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium ^
10/14 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater ^
10/15 West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom ^
10/16 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall ^
11/11 Glasgow, UK – 02 Academy
11/12 Newcastle, UK – 02 City Hall
11/13 Leeds, UK – 02 Academy
11/15 Exeter, UK – Great Hall
11/16 Brighton, UK – Brighton Dome
11/18 Hannover, DE – Capitol
11/20 Hamburg, DE – Markthalle
11/22 Berlin, DE – Huxley’s Neue Welt
11/23 Munich, DE – Neue Theaterfabrik
11/24 Wien, AT – Arena
11/25 Zagreb, HR – Culture Factory
11/26 Milan, IT – Fabrique
12/02 Toulouse, FR – Le Bikini
12/03 Lyon, FR – Le Transbordeur
12/05 Zurich, CH – X-TRA
12/06 Stuttgart, DE – LKA Longhorn
12/07 Frankfurt, DE – Batschkapp
12/09 Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
12/10 Paris, FR – Bataclan
12/13 Bristol, UK – 02 Academy
12/14 Birmingham, UK – 02 Academy
12/15 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
12/16 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
12/17 London, UK – The Roundhouse

* = Clutch only
^ = w/ Helmet, Quicksand, JD Pinkus