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Sam: It seems
like Blast Tyrant just came out, and already we've
got a new Clutch album, between recording and all the
touring you guys do, how do you handle the lifestyle?
Neil: "It ain't digging ditches.
We handle the lifestyle by not embracing any part of
it that isn't crucial to the music. Time at home is
the best medicine. I like gardening and launching
Estes model rockets at the neighborhood kids."
Sam: What inspired the title
Neil: "hmmm... the are some
oblique and not so oblique references to robotics
and religion in the record. I think that is what
Sam: Where did the lyrical
inspiration for "Pulaski Skyway" come from?
Neil: "The Pulaski Skyway is a
bridge in New Jersey, Rt. 3, I believe. I took it
everyday from the Newark Hilton into Hoboken while
recording Blast Tyrant. It is an amazing drive over
swampland, loading docks, and refineries. All the
while Manhattan looms in the background. When it
was completed the Pulaski Skyway was considered to
be a marvel of engineering. I think it still is.
17 men died making that iron beast."
Sam: When did you guys decide
to integrate a Hammond organ into your sound, and how
did you find an original?
Neil: "There was a lot of
keyboard work on Blast Tyrant and we wanted to get
somebody out to at least do a supporting tour for
the record. Bruce from The Hidden Hand referred us
to Mick. He owns a Hammond B3. He has been with us
Sam: How was the European tour
with Five Horse Johnson?
Neil: "A blast. Lot a laughs.
Sharing a bus can be a nightmare, but this time
around it was a joy. JP played drums for 5 Horse
Johnson as well. We had a great time eating strange
food and drinking warm beer. Oh, the shows were good,
Sam: Which bands are you looking
forward to seeing on the Sounds Of The Underground
Neil: "High on Fire. I hear
Tommorrow I DIe in Sunday's Flaming Coward Haircut
is a good band too."
Sam: Was it hard to set up a
service for your fans to buy tickets online and
avoid crazy service fees charged by ticket
Neil: "Not at all. In any
business the supply and demand ends loathe the
middle man equally"
Sam: Any plans after the tour?
Neil: "Headline tour of the U.S.,
work on the DVD, cut some wood for winter"