Clutch get political on their new song "How to Shake Hands." Listen above on YouTube.
Furious drumming and aggressive riffs drive the tune as Neil Fallon supplies passionate, spoken-word vocals. The serious-yet-humorous song was inspired by blues legends John Lee Hooker and Ry Cooder, and specifically Cooder's "John Lee Hooker for President," originally released in 2011.
The band shared the backstory on their Facebook page:
Clutch’s song “How to Shake Hands” traces its lineage back to Ry Cooder and John Lee Hooker via the song “John Lee Hooker for President." In that song Ry Cooder impersonates JLH giving a stump speech on what will happen when he becomes President. Clutch’s original idea of covering the Ry Cooder song was soon abandoned as Neil Fallon said he couldn’t do the song justice. Instead, Neil put his own lyrics in the style of Ry Cooder/JLH to a new Clutch song which ended up becoming the fast-paced “How to Shake Hands."
"How to Shake Hands" will be included on Clutch's upcoming album, Book of Bad Decisions, which is scheduled for release on September 7, 2018. Pick it up on Amazon. Last month, they shared "Gimme the Keys," also from the upcoming LP.
The band will be going out on a North American tour beginning in September and a European tour in November. For concert tickets and more, check out the Clutch Zumic artist page.