NEIL FALLON of CLUTCH discusses the misplaced nostalgia of fans who want bands to return to their old sound


It’s not a universal truth, but some bands certainly change their sound over time. Sometimes, in the case of groups like Opeth it’s a drastic change (which is great in this writer’s opinion), and sometimes in a case like Clutch is a much slower turn. Of course, with this change comes very strong opinions from the fanbase, both good and bad.

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Although in an interview with Ryan J. Downey of knotfest, Clutch singer Neil Fallon explains how maybe this cry for a given band to go back to their “old sound” might not really be about the music.

“That’s one thing I’ve never really understood. ‘Oh, I wish you could go back to your old sound’ or whatever. It’s like, ‘You want the same thing over and over again and again and again?’ There are groups that have found a very specific trick and have been very successful in making variations on one or two themes. AC DC or the Ramones.

“That’s all well and good, but if you want to listen…and honestly, I think it has a lot to do with people wanting a time machine. It’s not so much that they want the same music , [but instead] they want the period of their life that they associate with this music to return. Musicians are not magicians. They can’t take you back to your glory days or a good time in your life, because at the end of the day, I think that’s what people are really looking for.”

I also like the fact that Downey done before fall on answers the question – no one removes old material from a group. So if you’ve decided that everything Clutch never done since Blast Tyrant, it really sucks, good news! All of these old recordings are still available in digital and physical format. No one took them from you.

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