Video: Clutch Debut New Track Live

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Last we heard from Maryland boogie-metallers Clutch was the announcement of their 30th anniversary headlining tour dates. With that trek underway, it now appears that the band are ready to show off some of their new stuff to fans, as they’ve debuted a new song live.

As reported by The PRP, Clutch performed their new track titled “We Strive For Excellence” for the first time at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer, AK. The show not only marked the first time the band played this new song, it was also their first live performance in 21 months.

As you’ll hear below, “We Strive For Excellence” is definitely in keeping with the material the band have recently released on albums like 2015’s Psychic Warfare and 2018’s Book of Bad Decisions. There’s a solid boogie groove running down the middle of the song, but it’s still always driven by a biker-ish garage-rock momentum that’s a little more hardcore than that of their more danceable tracks like “Subtle Hustle” and “In Walks Barbarella.” It promises good things to come for Clutch fans, and by ‘good things to come,’ we mean ‘staying the course,’ which is all we really want from this band.

Check out some clips of “We Strive For Excellence” below:

You can let Clutch shake your tailfeather at one of the following dates to come:

With Telekinetic Yeti:

09/08 Norfolk, VA – The NorVA
09/10 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Festival
09/11 Reading, PA – Reverb
09/13 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
09/14 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
09/16 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
09/17 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
09/18 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

With King Buffalo:

09/29 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
10/01 Albany, NY – Empire Live
10/02 New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
10/03 Portland, ME – State Theatre
10/05 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
10/07 Long Island, NY – The Paramount
10/08 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
10/09 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

With The Native Howl:

12/27 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head
12/28 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
12/29 Cleveland, OH – Agoura Theatre
12/30 Detroit, MI – Filmore Theatre
12/31 Cincinnati, OH – The Icon


Words by Chris Krovatin