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From Hood Ornament to Album Cover

Where did Nik Lak get his inspiration for the upcoming Clutch release, Earth Rocker? Did this face appear to him in a dream?

From the mouth of Nick Lakiotes
“I sat down with Neil over a scotch and diet coke and talked about what we wanted to do. We vollied back and forth some ideas pulling vibes from Sabbath’s ‘Never Say Die’ & ‘Technical Ecstasy’, when we started looking at vintage car hood ornaments. We ran across some classic Pontiac ones that have sick amber busts of Native American figures on them.

I instantly envisioned these ornaments flying down avenues with classic rock and roll pouring out of them. So we pushed them intergalactic. Neil one night shot me a sketch he did based on some Parducci sculptures that adorn the Penobscot Building in Detriot and that became our spring board.

The whole processes was like surfing the internet very late at night. You start looking up pictures of classic italian sculpture and wind up watching documentaries about ayahuasca.”

  • I sure hope a picture or liner photo is a “Jesus on the dashboaAAARRRDDDDD AHHH RIGHT…”


    January 3, 2013

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