Frontman Neil Fallon of Maryland rockers CLUTCH was recently interviewed by Andrew Haug of Triple J's "The Racket". Listen to the program in streaming audio at the Triple J web site: Windows Media, Real Media (NOTE: The Fallon interview begins around the 54-minute mark). Check out the program's entire playlist at this location. The interview can also be streamed using the audio player below.
"Strange Cousins From the West", the ninth studio album from CLUTCH, sold 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart.
"Strange Cousins From the West" was made available both digitally and through retail on July 14, 2009. Produced by CLUTCH and J. Robbins at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, the effort is the first CLUTCH studio LP to be released on the band's own Weathermaker Music, through RED Distribution.
"Strange Cousins From the West" includes the POPPO'S BLUES BAND cover song "Algo Ha Cambiado", which Neil Fallon sings in Spanish. Poppo was a legendary Argentinian hard rock singer/guitarist throughout the '70s and '80s.
The title "Strange Cousins From the West" was taken from a line in the song "Minotaur".
On December 15, CLUTCH issued a double vinyl package of "Strange Cousins From the West" through Weathermaker Music. This vinyl edition features two tracks that cannot be found on the CD version of "Strange Cousins..." The first track is the recently recorded "Metroliner Special" and the second is an extended version of the band's latest single and video, "50,000 Unstoppable Watts".
The first 4,000 pieces of "Strange Cousins" vinyl included a coupon for a free digital download of all 12 songs through the band's web site, www.pro-rock.com.