Clutch's Neil Fallon was the guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend show. Fallon and his band are currently supporting the excellent Sunrise on Slaughter Beach and the frontman took some time to speak about the band's musical approach while reflecting on their rise within the rock industry. Fallon says he...
Neil Fallon has sang on 13 album's worth of Clutch songs, and that doesn't even include the music he's made in the three other acts he's done time in — the Company Band, the Bakerton Group and Dunsmuir. Suffice to say, the 51-year-old singer-guitarist has made a helluva a lot of tunes over the years, and in a recent interview with Loudwire, he was asked to pick the one Clutch song that he's most proud to have been a part of.
Clutch frontman Neil Fallon thinks fans who ask for bands to make more of the same music are actually just wanting a time machine to relive their own "glory days" Clutch's Neil Fallon has some sharp words to say about the fans who insist that bands continually recycle older sounds.
Clutch’s Neil Fallon says fans who want bands to return to their ‘old sound’ are just looking to relive their own “glory days”
Clutch frontman Neil Fallon has a theory that requests for bands to return to their ‘old sound’ aren’t so much about music as they are about nostalgia. Speaking to Ryan J Downey of Knotfest in a new interview, Fallon reasoned that a band’s music would sound repetitive if they gave in to such requests, saying “That’s one thing I never really quite understood. ‘Oh, I wish you could return back to your old sound’ or whatever. That’s like, ‘well do you want the same thing over and over and over and over?’”
Nostalgia’s a hell of a drug and in certain corners of the rock and metal world, there are full-blown addicts clamoring for their favorite bands to turn back the clock and sound like they did years ago. Metallica, for example, has been hounded by this very claim since 1991 with the release of their self-titled LP.
In the world of metal, Clutch occupy a specific yet wide-reaching niche. On the one hand, the band’s fun-as-fuck boogie-metal doesn’t quite fit into any specific subgenre, and is therefore hard to lock down. On the other, the band’s high-octane mixture of danceable riffs, tailfeather-friendly rhythms, and madcap rhymes about fast cars and Bigfoot ensure that if they’re playing, people will show up, and they’ll party. It’s the latter of those aspects that leave us especially impressed, with frontman Neil Fallon’s lyrics constantly grabbing our attention and yanking us to our feet.