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.”
Live performance of the title track from the upcoming release, Earth Rocker. The performance is from a secret listening party in Belleville, NJ on Oct 17, 2012 at the Machine Shop.
With a little bit more than three months left before the release of CLUTCH’s highly anticipated new studio effort Earth Rocker, the band has officially unveiled the album’s artwork and has announced the initial dates for the first leg of the North American Earth Rocker world tour.
The artwork was created by Nick Lakiotes, long time CLUTCH art director, who has worked on previous efforts including: Robot Hive/Exodus and Strange Cousins From the West.
For More Info and tour dates visit:
-- Neil Fallon
"I'm thankful that the people that were here weren't too familiar with the lyrics, because I wasn't either."
On October 17th, 2012, Clutch played a super secret show to celebrate the making of their next full length studio record, Earth Rocker. The tiny Machine Shop in Belleville, NJ was jammed with close friends, industry friends and press ready to witness Clutch play 6 tracks from the new record. Earth Rocker Producer, Machine recorded the performance with the goal of capturing some live Clutch magic.
On Dec 24th, as St. Nick makes his rounds, check back here at earthrocker.com as he will also be dropping a new video down the earthrocker.com chimney. A performance of the title track from Earth Rocker recorded at the super secret party will be available for viewing.
-- Tim Sult
"It's a very guitar-oriented album, of course, but song wise, I think we were trying to write the hardest rocking, heaviest Clutch album that we could."
Total Guitar Magazine features Clutch during the studio recordings of Earth Rocker.
"We are excited to go back to Denver; it has been a while since we played there. We are even more excited to play some of the new songs from Earth Rocker that night."