Clutch’s Neil Fallon says that making bad songs is all part of the learning process.
The singer says he has no regrets over the band’s “not-so-great” material because it helped them make better music.
Fallon tells Music Radar: “It’s as good as disowning a kid. Even if I don’t really care for one, we still made it. It’s all part of the learning process.
“To make great songs you have to make not-so-great songs. There’s some early stuff we don’t play, but we’ve changed over 25 years and it feels awkward. Saying that, we just started playing Passive Restraints from 92.”
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Though he says choosing their best song is like picking a favourite child, Fallon says he’s “pretty proud” of their song The Regulator.
He adds: “It was a kind of different thing for us and a bit risky doing almost a ballad with the fingerpicking thing. It was one of those songs that wrote itself very quickly and easily, and after all these years I still like it.”
Frontman Fallon revealed earlier this year that the band wanted to avoid playing it safe with their music, adding: “There are artists who see success with a song then try different versions of that song for the rest of their career – and that sounds very depressing. I would rather take a risk and fail at it.”
Clutch are on the road in support of their 11th studio album Psychic Warfare.
Clutch tour dates 2016
Dec 07: Clermont Ferrand La Cooperative De Mai, France
Dec 08: Pamplona Zentral, Spain
Dec 09: Barcelona Sala Apolo, Spain
Dec 10: Madrid La Riviera, Spain
Dec 13: Madrid Le Trianon, France
Dec 14: Brussels AB, Belgium
Dec 15: London Roundhouse, UK
Dec 16: Birmingham O2 Institute, UK
Dec 17: Cardiff University Great Hall, UK
Dec 18: Manchester Academy, UK
Dec 27: Washington 9:30, DC
Dec 29: Bethlehem Sands Event Center, PA
Dec 30: Toronto Danforth Music Hall, ON
Dec 31: Cleveland Agora, OH