Clutch frontman Neil Fallon says the inspiration behind the band’s new single, “X-Ray Visions”, comes from the group’s own experiences on the road.
The lead track from Clutch’s forthcoming 11th album, “Psychic Warfare”, due October 2 is set in a motel along any one of America’s vast system of highways.
“A lot of it is fueled by our experiences in motels over the years,” explains Fallon. “When Clutch was first starting out in our van, in our RV, we would just roll until we ran out of steam…either sleep in the van or the RV or we would go into a motel. It was never planned.
“I spent countless nights looking out the peephole of the motel wondering what’s going on in the parking lot at 3 AM or pressing my ear up against the door that connects to the next room. You don’t know who’s in the next room. These places can be pressure cookers.”
“To add to the formula,” he says, “a lot of people in these places are living on the margins of society; maybe they’re running from something. The motels are definitely pressure cookers that can exaggerate paranoia and delusion and that’s what this song is about.”
Clutch are gearing up to play select festival dates along with a Labor Day weekend show at The Joint in Las Vegas supporting Primus. The band will also be co-headlining with Mastodon on select dates with special guests COC as part of leg 2 of The Missing Link Tour which features full sets by both acts.
Clutch will launch a US tour in support of “Psychic Warfare” in Fort Lauderdale, FL on October 3.
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