2013, Forget whatever you thought about Clutch. EARTH ROCKER crumples up the bad categories that have miscast them for years - stoner rock, post-hardcore, metal, grunge - and leaves no question about what they are: a damn good rock and roll band. EARTH ROCKER is a solid, straight-up rock and roll album, exactly what the band had in mind for their tenth studio album, now that their Weathermaker Records label is fully up and running. It might be the best Clutch album that has ever existed, a concise, efficient album. The album began taking shape when Clutch toured with Motorhead, then Thin Lizzy. Revisiting those two favorite bands, they were able to apply their own experience as musicians to better understand the dynamics of their heroes. Clutch are passionate students of rock and roll, and music in general. Drummer Gaster's love of a good shuffle brought that rhythmic approach to nearly half the album.