Clutch- Book of Bad Decisions Out Now … Album Review And Tour Dates

Clutch- Book of Bad Decisions

The new album “Book of Bad Decisions” by Clutch released September 7th 2018 is already proving to be another successful notch on the bedpost of their career. With review after review of high ratings and tremendous acceptance this album has a little bit of something for everybody.

For a band that has been touring for 27 years they seem to have taken a new reflective route to feature and highlight some past experiences as well as adding some fabrication. That leads you into the first song “Gimme the Keys” which takes us back to one of their earlier tours and how one particular night was one not too soon to be forgotten.

There is a passion in the vocal storytelling and well thought out lyrics. A very catchy song that keeps your interest enough to lead you into the smooth, laid back rhythmic guitar riffs in “Spirit of 76” and the title track. Both songs are a very crunchy rock with a slight southern twang underlying through most songs on the album. The title track has a black keys sound to it that has me replaying it over and over.

The first three songs really pull you into wanting to keep listening further on. “How to Shake Hands” and “In Walks Barbarella” are more entertaining songs with high energy and are easy classics. “How to Shake Hands” is a fast paced rocker reminiscing on how things would go if they decided to change careers and become President.

Even with slight political tones it is lyrically engaging and lively. “In Walks Barbarella” is the horn blasting, memorable track that between the vocals and the horns blending with the guitar riffs an instant hit that you cannot sit still to. “Vision Quest” is another notable that has a high-energy piano added with a fast guitar riff to keep you grooving to a spirited beat.

One of the later songs of the album “Hot Bottom Feeder” is one not to be expected but what other band than one from Maryland to write a song that provides a seemingly tasty recipe for crab cakes. No matter the lyrics still a fun notable, easy listen with great guitar riffs.

The first initial feelings were an appreciation of their continued talent and the range of sound. A range from fast paced rockers to groovy, jams that keep your feet tapping and body swaying.

This album is an easy listen from start to finish, always maintaining interest from beginning to end.

Clutch will begin touring with Sevendust starting September 16th 2018.


Review By- Jessica Gresham

Clutch, the influential heavy rock band from Maryland, has released their twelfth studio album “Book of Bad Decisions” today via their own label Weathermaker Music.  The new album “Book of Bad Decisions” consists of 15 new tracks that are on all the album formats.  Formats include: CD, 2xLP Standard Black Vinyl, Limited edition 28-page Book with CD, Limited edition 2xLP Colored and 2xLP Picture Disc Vinyl.
The full album is available now at
The album was recorded, mixed and produced at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN by producer Vance Powell (Jack WhiteChris StapletonThe RaconteursThe Dead Weather).
The album cover was designed by renowned photographer Dan Winters.
The pre-release campaign featured 4 digital singles, 4 videos and two limited edition 7” picture disc releases.  Now that the full album is available, reviewers around the world are enthusiastic about “Book of Bad Decisions”, the follow up to previous Clutch releases “Psychic Warfare” (2015) and “Earth Rocker” (2013).
“Book of Bad Decisions”, the new Clutch album is done in true Clutch style and tradition. With pensive lyrics backed by abrasive riffs and bad-ass bass, Clutch once again comes through with an album that is hit after hit from top to bottom.”
– ROCKwell UnScene –
“The American dream is a goddamn mess right now, but Clutch are on top of it. They’ve been listening, and on Book of Bad Decisions they’re here to slap you on the shoulder and let you know you’re not alone.”
“Clutch has given us another strong USA rock album in Book of Bad Decisions. This band is what we need, no candy pop tunes, just increasingly creative and straight-ahead rock tunes without compromising.”
– Adorjan Horvat –
“Book Of Bad Decisions overall is a kick ass rocker with high highs and absolutely no lows!”
 – Bob Suehs – Rock N Roll Experience
“It’s hard to fault Clutch at this point in their career, their consistent delivery of hard rockin’ tunes is undeniably fun to listen to and with ‘Book of Bad Decisions’, the band continue to excel at what they do best.”
– Andrew Massie – The Rock Pit
Book of Bad Decisions” track listing:
1. Gimme the Keys
2. Spirit of ’76
3. Book of Bad Decisions
4. In Walks Barbarella
5. How to Shake Hands
6. Vision Quest
7. Weird Times
8. Emily Dickinson
9. A Good Fire
10. Ghoul Wrangler
11. Sonic Counselor
12. H.B. Is in Control
13. Hot Bottom Feeder
14. Paper & Strife
15. Lorelei
“Psychic Warfare” debuted in October 2015 at #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock and Billboard Rock charts.
“Earth Rocker” debuted in March 2013 at #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart and was awarded “Album of The Year” by Metal Hammer UK and garnered a Top 10 spot on Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of the Year”.
Upcoming US/Canada 2018 Tour Dates
Sun/Sep-16  Chicago IL  Riotfest **
Tue/Sep-18  St Paul, MN  Myth Live
Wed/Sep-19  Kansas City, MO  Uptown Theater
Fri/Sep-21  Houston TX  House of Blues
Sat/Sep-22  San Antonio TX  River City Rock Fest **
Sun/Sep-23  Dallas, TX  Gas Monkey Live
 Tue/Sep-25  Orlando, FL  House Of Blues
Thu/Sep-27  Norfolk, VA  The NorVa
Fri/Sep-28  Raleigh, NC  The Ritz
Sat/Sep-29  Atlanta, GA  The Masquerade *
Sun/Sep-30  Louisville, KY  Louder Than Life **
Tue/Oct-02  Denver, CO  Ogden Theater
Wed/Oct-03  Salt Lake City, UT  The Depot
Fri/Oct-05  Boise, ID  Knitting Factory
Sat/Oct-06  Spokane, WA  Knitting Factory
Sun/Oct-07  Seattle, WA  Showbox SODO
Mon/Oct-08  Vancouver, BC  Commodore Ballroom SOLD OUT
Tue/Oct-09  Portland, OR  Roseland Theater
Thu/Oct-11  San Francisco, CA  The Regency Ballroom
Fri/Oct-12  Los Angeles, CA  El Rey Theater
Sat/Oct-13  San Bernardino, CA  Glen Helen Amphitheater w/SOAD ***
Sun/Oct-14  San Diego, CA  North Park/Observatory
Mon/Oct-15  Tempe, AZ  The Marquee
Wed/Oct-17  Tulsa, OK  Cain’s Ballroom
Thu/Oct-18  Sauget, IL  Pop’s Nightclub
Fri/Oct-19  Grand Rapids, MI  20 Monroe Live
Sat/Oct-20  Detroit, MI  The Filmore Detroit
Sun/Oct-21  Pittsburgh, PA  Stage AE
Tue/Oct-23  Toronto, ON  Rebel
Thu/Oct-25  Worcester, MA  The Palladium
Fri/Oct-26  New York, NY  Irving Plaza
Sat/Oct-27  New York, NY  Irving Plaza SOLD OUT
Sun/Oct-28  Philadelphia, PA  Electric Factory
*= no Sevendust
** = festival date / Clutch and festival bill only
*** = date w/ System of a Down/ no Sevendust/ TB&TSD
Neil Fallon – Vocals/Guitar
Tim Sult – Guitar
Dan Maines – Bass
Jean-Paul Gaster – Drums/Percussion
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