CLUTCH: Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Making Of 'Psychic Warfare' - Segment 1
August 24, 2015
The first three in a series of video clips shot by David Brodsky and his company My Good Eye: Music Visuals, which give fans an unprecedented view into the studios, as well as insight into the thoughts and ideas behind the making of the new CLUTCH album, "Psychic Warfare", can be seen below. The footage consists of interviews taken as the band started pre-production with Machine, who recorded, mixed and produced the record. Band members and Machine talk about the pre-production process while the album was being developed in Frederick, Maryland.
The series will have three segments. The two upcoming segments, Segment 2: Austin Calling (September 14) and Segment 3: Doom Saloon (September 28) will continue to document with behind-the-scenes footage, the recording process as the band moves to Austin, Texas to record at the Machine Shop, to the last segment ending up with the band back in Frederick, Maryland putting the finishing touches to the record.
"Psychic Warfare" will be released on October 2 via CLUTCH's own label Weathermaker Music. The CD consists of 12 new tracks.
"The title 'Psychic Warfare' is taken from the track 'X-Ray Visions'," states singer Neil Fallon. "It's a tale about an unnamed protagonist who is forced to seek refuge in a flop house motel. He is hiding from several nefarious psychic forces, the worst of which is his own sleep-deprived paranoia."
According to Fallon, the "X-Ray Visions" lyrical concept was influenced by Philip K. Dick, the science fiction author whose 1968 novel"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" was the basis for "Blade Runner". Neil said: "[Dick's] general philosophy and questions have always crept into my lyrics, because I share an interest in it. On 'Earth Rocker', 'Crucial Velocity' was definitely a Philip K. Dick song for me. On this record, 'X-Ray Visions' certainly is."
Fallon added that the secluded studio location was the inspiration for the song "A Quick Death In Texas". He explained: "I was staying in a kind of unique, maybe 100-year-old property, by myself. I got spooked out because I come from the East Coast and the suburbs and I was out in the woods. That was the environment that brought out 'A Quick Death In Texas' — and the locals."
"Psychic Warfare" track listing:
01. The Affidavit 02. X-Ray Visions 03. Firebirds 04. A Quick Death in Texas 05. Sucker For The Witch 06. Your Love is Incarceration 07. Doom Saloon 08. Our Lady of Electric Light 09. Noble Savages 10. Behold the Colossus 11. Decapitation Blues 12. Son Of Virginia
Regarding the musical direction of "Psychic Warfare", Fallon said: "It's probably faster than 'Earth Rocker'. We wrote it pretty quickly after 'Earth Rocker', so we were, kind of, still in that headspace."
CLUTCH drummer Jean-Paul Gaster told The Aquarian Weekly: "There are some similarities in regards to 'Earth Rocker', and there are some songs on it that are sort of familiar, but we did some different stuff, too. There's stuff that is a little funkier, and there's other stuff that's a little more bluesy. So there's more diversity, I think."