CLUTCH: 'Earth Rocker' Title Track Available For Streaming
"Earth Rocker", the title track of the new album from Maryland rockers CLUTCH, can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below (courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan).
Produced by Machine (LAMB OF GOD, FOUR YEAR STRONG, FALL OUT BOY) at the Machine Shop studio in Belleville, New Jersey, "Earth Rocker" will be released on March 19 via CLUTCH's own Weathermaker Music label. The CD was described by CLUTCH vocalist Neil Fallon in a recent interview with DCHeavyMetal.com as "probably faster than most of our recent albums. Maybe compared to some other bands, it's not the fastest thing on planet Earth. For us it was definitely a step up in the tempo. And I think the other thing that kind of stands out about this one is the blues influences that we've been flirting with over the past couple records is more or less absent in this record, which didn't really happen intentionally until we looked back at it. As a whole, it's just much more of a straight-up rock and roll record."
The artwork for "Earth Rocker" was created by Nick Lakiotes, longtimeCLUTCH art director, who has worked on previous efforts, including"Robot Hive/Exodus" and "Strange Cousins From The West".
CLUTCH's North American dates kick off March 8 in Cincinnati, Ohio and are currently slated to run through March 24 in Anaheim, California. Support on the trek will come from ORANGE GOBLIN, LIONIZE and KYNG.
Video footage of CLUTCH performing the "Earth Rocker" title track at a secret CD-listening party on October 17, 2012 at the Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey can be seen below.
COREY TAYLOR To Perform With DAVE GROHL During SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL Set
SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor will perform withFOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl as part of a new band called theSOUND CITY PLAYERS on January 18 at a concert in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival. Also scheduled to appear areQUEENS OF THE STONE AGE multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes, fellowFOO FIGHTERS members Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffe, Nate Mendel,Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, Grohl's onetime NIRVANA partner Krist Novoselic, Chris Goss (MASTERS OF REALITY), RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk, John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, CHEAP TRICK's Rick Nielsen, Rick Springfield, FEAR's Lee Ving and violinistJessy Greene. The show will feature what a publicist described as "core musicians" as well as "special guests" who appear in Grohl's new documentary, "Sound City: Real To Reel".
The film, which marks Grohl's debut as a feature director, will premiere at the Sundance festival before becoming available in theaters, on DVD and on demand on February 1, according to The Pulse Of Radio. The movie chronicles the history of Sound City, a legendary Los Angeles recording studio where acts ranging from FLEETWOOD MAC to NIRVANA cut some of rock's most classic albums.
In addition to conducting numerous interviews with musicians and producers for the film, Grohl brought together a selection of older and more contemporary artists to create new music together for the movie and its soundtrack.
The first of these collaborations, a song called "Cut Me Some Slack", features Grohl and several other former members of NIRVANA backing upPaul McCartney.
Grohl was inspired to make the film last year after purchasing Sound City's custom-built Neve 8028 recording console, considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment.
The film and soundtrack will include contributions from Stevie Nicks,Trent Reznor, Rick Springfield, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk ofRAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, Joshua Homme of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, Rick Nielsen of CHEAP TRICK, Corey Taylor, and more.
In a recent interview with Shan Man of the Phoenix, Arizona radio station98 KUPD, Taylor spoke about his involvement with the "Sound City"documentary.
Taylor revealed: "[Grohl] sent an email to me, basically explaining this huge project he was doing — the documentary around the infamous board that he got from Sound City [studios], which so many people have recorded on, myself included; [SLIPKNOT] did 'Iowa' on that board… He bought it, and I loved the idea that he was like, 'How many albums have been made on this board?'"
He added: "He wrote the song, he sent me a demo of it and I was like, 'This is fantastic,' and I just basically wrote the first thing that came off the top of my head. He didn't even hear it until I went down there to record it. And I laid it down, and he was just like, 'Wow.' Because we did it old school — two-inch tape, take after take after take. And with that board, man. It was really, really cool."
Dave Grohl Reveals Members of Sound City Players
Ever since Dave Grohl announced that he would be playing a concert with some of the artists from his Sound City documentary during next week’s Sundance Film Festival, fans have been wondering who the Foo Fighters frontman will perform with. On Wednesday, Grohl posted a picture on the film’s Facebook page which reveals the full list of performers he’ll share the stage with as the Sound City Players.
Accompanying Grohl will be all the members of the Foo Fighters, former Nirvana bassistKrist Novoselic, Queens of the Stone Age multi-intrumentalist Alain Johannes, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, Fear frontman Lee Ving, Rage Against the Machinedrummer Brad Wilk, The Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee, John Fogerty,Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor, Rick Springfield, violinist Jessy Greene and producer Chris Goss. Grohl’s Sound City Players concert will take place on January 18 at Park City Live in Park City, Utah. That's the same day that Sound City premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. Sound City profiles the legendary Sound City Studios, where Grohl and Nirvana recorded the band's 1991 iconic album, Nevermind, and features interviews and exclusive performances from artists who have recorded at the famous studio during their careers. In addition those performing as the Sound City Players, other artists featured in the film and on its soundtrack include Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Rage Against the Machine’s Tim Commerford, and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor.
Frontman Gontier Leaves Three Days Grace Due to “Health Issue”; My Darkest Days Singer Matt Walst to Fill In on Upcoming Tour
It’s a dark day for Three Days Grace fans. The group has announced on their websitethat lead singer Adam Gontier has quit the band, citing “a health issue” as the cause of his departure. In addition, the band reveals that My Darkest Days frontman Matt Walsthas stepped up to fill in for Gontier on their upcoming co-headlining tour with Shinedown.
"We were surprised and distressed by Adam's sudden departure,” said bassist Brad Walst in a statement. “We are however very excited for this upcoming tour, and to have my brother Matt stepping in as lead singer."
In a subsequent statement, the band members explain that they learned on December 21 that Adam would be leaving Three Days Grace. The statement continues, "We were as shocked as many of you were to hear the news. Three Days Grace has always been and will continue to be not only our job but our passion. Instead of cancelling the tour, we felt an obligation to you, the fans, to forge ahead and put on the best show we can."
The group also says Matt's role as singer is temporary.
To give fans an idea of what Matt will sound like as the lead singer of Three Days Grace, the group has posted on the band website new versions of Matt singing "The High Road," "Chalk Outline" and "Riot."
Three Days Grace kicks off their tour with Shinedown on February 1 at the iWireless Center in Moline, IL. P.O.D. will support the bands on all dates.
Visit ThreeDaysGrace.com to view the full itinerary.
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Says Upcoming 3D Film Influenced by Led Zeppelin; Talks New Album
Metallica is drawing some inspiration from Led Zeppelin’s 1976 classic concert flick, The Song Remains the Same, for their upcoming 3D movie. Drummer Lars Ulrich says that while there are some similarities between the two films, both of which feature live performances and some unique backstage sequences, there is one major difference.
“The stuff that takes place offstage in the Metallica movie does not feature any members of Metallica,” Ulrich tells U.K. magazine Classic Rock. “It’s two separate worlds -- a Metallica show and a story that unfolds in a parallel universe -- and at some point they intertwine.”
In addition to working on the film, the band is recording their next studio album. Ulrich adds that fans can expect the new material to be similar to what they experienced on 2008’s Death Magnetic.
“There aren’t many Metallica records that sound as good as Death Magnetic four years after they were made,” notes the drummer. “What we’re doing now certainly sounds like a continuation.”
Beck Appears in New Saint Laurent Paris Campaign
Beck has been tapped to promote fashion house Saint Laurent Paris’ Spring/Summer 2013 collection. The new campaign features black-and-white pictures of the singer and British model Edie Campbell in a variety of outfits. Beck’s photos feature him in an all-black suit, a tuxedo and an ensemble which includes a denim shirt and leather jacket.
You can see all of the pictures in a video montage accompanied by Beck’s 2002 Sea Change track, "Paper Tiger," on YSL.com.
Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, fun. to Perform on Grammy Awards Telecast
The Black Keys, fun. and Mumford & Sons are are among the nominees who'll be taking the stage on this year's Grammy Award telecast, airing February 10 on CBS. Other performers announced for the show so far include Rihanna and Taylor Swift. fun. and Mumford & Sons each have six nominations going into the Grammys this year. fun. has landed nods in all of the "Big Four" categories: Record, Song and Album of the Year, and Best New Artist, as well as in two other categories. Mumford is up for Album of the Year for Babel, as well as Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song, among other categories.
The Black Keys have five nominations this year, including Album of the Year and Best Rock Album for El Camino, and Record of the Year for "Lonely Boy." LL Cool J returns as host for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which will air live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.