Official press release:
Clutch have announced Book Of Bad Decisions as the title of their new studio album. Book Of Bad Decisions, Clutch’s 12th studio album is scheduled for a worldwide release on September 7th, 2018 via their own Weathermaker Music label. The album was recorded at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN by producer Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather) and consists of 15 new tracks.
Of working with Powell, drummer Jean-Paul Gaster says:
“With Vance Powell as producer we were able to make a very different kind of an album. The songs feel as if they could jump out of the speakers!”
Bassist Dan Maines seconds that when he says:
“Recording in Nashville with Vance Powell gave us a new and fresh approach towards making an album that truly captures the live energy of Clutch in a way I don’t think we’ve done before.”
Guitarist Tim Sult adds:
“Laying down guitar tracks with Vance was fun and inspiring. Going through and trying out his and his engineer, Mike Fahey’s collection of vintage amps was one of my favorite recording studio experiences. I think the outro solo of ‘Emily Dickinson’ turned out particularly great.”
The first single from Book Of Bad Decisions is “Gimme The Keys” and will be released today May 18th, 2018. The accompanying lyric video was created by David Brodsky.
The song is about the band’s first tour back in 1991, a time where they began to cut their teeth in the live music business, dealt with show cancellations and incidents on the road. One particular show in a shed surrounded by cornfields in Lawrence, Kansas ultimately turned ugly over a missing microphone and accusations brought by drunk and gun-toting security people at the end of a long day. “Gimme the keys they can keep the guarantee | Gimme the keys and get the hell out of dodge” is a reflection of the mood of that night.
This single is the first of four to be released over the next couple of months as an instant gratification track at iTunes and Amazon. Pre-ordering is available now at Pro-Rock.com. All album formats (CD, 24-page book with CD, 2xLP Standard Black, Limited Colored 2xLP, and 2xLP Picture Disc) will have the same 15 tracks. In addition we will release two very limited 7” Picture Discs.
Neil Fallon says:
“I’ve never been one for nostalgia. I’ve always shied away from it. But after 27 years of this, I realize that there is a wealth of stories to look back upon as lyrical fodder. As the saying goes, ‘You don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.’ Not all the songs reference our collective experience as a band, but Book Of Bad Decisions seemed like an apt name for these various chapters, whether factual, fictitious, or somewhere in-between.”
The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters.
Book Of Bad Decisions track listing:
1. “Gimme the Keys”
2. “Spirit of ’76”
3. “Book of Bad Decisions”
4. “In Walks Barbarella”
5. “How to Shake Hands”
6. “Vision Quest”
7. “Weird Times”
8. “Emily Dickinson”
9. “A Good Fire”
10. “Ghoul Wrangler”
11. “Sonic Counselor”
12. “HB Is in Control”
13. “Hot Bottom Feeder”
14. “Paper & Strife”