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Clutch, PSYCHIC WARFARE IS REAL
December 8, 2017@7:00 pm
Psychic Warfare World Tour 2017
Friday, December 8th
With Special Guests DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT and THE OBSESSED
Doors Open at 7PM
Show Starts at 8PM
Tickets are $29.50 in Advance and $32.50 Day of Show
Available at our Box Office inside The Chimes Restaurant on Highland Road, over the phone at 866.777.8932 and on-line at http://www.VarsityTheatre.com
*** All Persons Must Be Eighteen (18) Years Old or Older With Proper Identification To Attend Any Events at The Varsity Theatre ***
It’s the parabolic motion of projectiles. Or, as Isaac Newton stated, what goes up must come down that is, everything except Clutch.Earth Rocker created an insurmountable peak. But Psychic Warfare has altered laws of physics by elevating the smart songwriting and impressive performances of that last album, setting an even higher benchmark as their now-definitive album to date.The eleventh Clutch studio album Psychic Warfare goes straight for the throat with XRay Visions and never lets go. Working again with acclaimed producer Machine, this time in Texas, the concise arrangements that made Earth Rocker so assertive is the same harness for the combustible musical energy on Psychic Warfare. Harder, faster… let the rhythm hit ’em.Formed in 1991, the Maryland-based band’s ability to absorb different musical styles and fabricate them into a distinct Clutch sound continues to be their fort. A Quick Death In Texas, overstocked with signature Clutch heavy Tim Sult riffs and lonesome guitar licks, and the funk undercurrent of Your Love Is Incarceration, color Psychic Warfare with articulate musicality and comfortable familiarity.The overall intensity of Psychic Warfare would be self-consuming without the pressure valve of a canny rhythm section. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and bassist Dan Maines have an intuitive sense of dynamics that gives weight and contrast to the forcefulness of the vocals, steering Clutch into the straightaway out of tight, exhilarating corners.I listened closely to the rhythm of Neils vocals this time around. Gaster explains. The rhythms he sings, are very syncopated. It was my goal to articulate these rhythms on the drums while keeping the pulse of the music strong.Psychic Warfare is cinematic, a soundtrack to the plot of singer Neil Fallon’s imagination.The narrative of The Affidavit sets the scene for an album of gunslingers, energyweapons, paranoid neurosis, and the occasional three-legged mule. It’s an episodic lyrical landscape populated by abstract characterization, nuance, and clever peculiarity.I spent a lot of time doting over the lyrics, Fallon says. It was fun because I have agreat luxury that I’m a professional liar that’s what a storyteller is. Or at least thatswhat I try to be. It’s the one socially acceptable way to completely deceive people, andthat’s what they want. If you sing it with enough conviction, people won’t question it. I just love that escapism, the fantasy aspect of it. And fantasy doesnt necessarily equate to dragons and wizards. It can be seedy hotel rooms and sketchy hitchhikers.Gaster says the band knowing Earth Rocker was such a high water mark put them in a position of needing to follow up with an exceptional album. Looking back on theprocess, one thing that sticks out in my mind is the amount of rehearsal the band put in.We started each pre-production day by writing out a new album sequence and thenplaying that sequence straight thru as if it were a set list. I think this allowed us to getinside the songs in a way we had not done before.”