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Clutch Drop Snappy New Single, Announce North American Tour with Helmet and Quicksand

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We know there’s a new Clutch album on the way, we’re just not exactly sure when it’s going to tackle us. The band already dropped the first single, “Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone),” back in April, but they provided no further details about an upcoming release. Now, the band have another new track, “We Strive for Excellence,” which is being touted as “the next single from the new album,” and they’ve also announced a fall headlining tour with Helmet and Quicksand. So yeah, new album’s definitely in the pipeline, we just don’t know when or where it’ll land.

What we really like about “We Strive for Excellence,” besides the fact that it’s solidly under three minutes, is that its themes feel distinctly Clutch. Maybe this is just our lyrical interpretation, but the song seems to be from the point of view of a bunch of scabby kids in their shed out in the woods, putting together an obstacle course so they can film themselves grievously injuring their bodies. It’s a solid tribute to being a kid determined to jump that fucking mogul if it kills you.

Looks like frontman Neil Fallon feels the same way:

“We Strive for Excellence looks back fondly on childhood summers filled with grand plans gone awry, inexplicable bruises, untreated injuries, and of course, the timeless wisdom of Evel Knievel.”

Killer.

Check out the track below, and catch Clutch on one of their upcoming tour dates with Helmet and Quicksand below. Cool line-up.

Sep 13 – Toronto, ON @ Rebel
Sep 15 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Sep 16 – New York, NY @ Palladium Times Square
Sep 17 – Baltimore, MD @ Hammerjacks
Sep 18 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
Sep 20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Sep 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
Sep 23 – Louisville, KY @ Louder than Life*
Sep 24 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
Sep 25 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
Sep 27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Sep 29 – Houston TX @ Warehouse Live
Sep 30 – Dallas, TX @ The Factory in Deep Ellum
Oct 01 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Oct 02 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Oct 04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
Oct 05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
Oct 07 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock*
Oct 08 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct 09 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
Oct 10 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
Oct 12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ the Depot
Oct 13 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Oct 14 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
Oct 15 – West Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
Oct 16 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
*Clutch only

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