When Clutch Grabwell headlines the night-after-Christmas show at the shorefront nightclub, they’ll be unveiling some of the tunes from their forthcoming CD, including some tasty covers reinterpreted with that same skewed sense of fun.
Clutch Grabwell played their first show at The Beachcomber in Quincy in 1993, roughly a year after the local sextet began reinventing funk-rock with their own wacky sensibility.
Saturday night, when Clutch Grabwell headlines the night-after-Christmas show at the shorefront nightclub, they’ll be unveiling some of the tunes from their forthcoming CD, including some tasty covers re-interpreted with that same skewed sense of fun.
“The new album, our fifth, is just about finished, and it will have 17 tracks – a lot of music,” said guitarist Mark Campbell of Hull. “We’re looking at having it ready for release in the next few months.”
Clutch Grabwell, aka Clutch Grabwell and the Led Foot Horns, includes Campbell, Weymouth native John Boyle on vocals, Jeff Campbell of Foxboro on bass, Somerville’s Tony Dintino on drums, Lenny Peterson of Scituate on trombone, and Weymouth’s Andrew Hickman on tenor sax. As the years have passed, every member has established solid ‘day job’ careers in the Boston area, although they can all sneak away for the occasional out-of-New England gig. Boyle, who says he “helps feed the hungry every day,” is the czar of frozen foods at the Stop & Shop on Newport Avenue in Quincy. Campbell is part of the fine arts faculty at Massasoit Community College in Brockton. Dintino works in information technology at Harvard, while Jeff Campbell works with Color Kinetics on LED lighting for shows and concerts. Hickman works in finance, and Peterson is a graphic designer.
“We’d love to be playing more as musicians,” Mark Campbell said, “but many of the places we used to play are just no longer there. We will try to go play anywhere that seems like a good fit. And we can all get away for a while when we have to. Just a few weeks back, we played at the opening of a marina in Key West. A Scituate native, George Rose, had been a fan of the band up here, and when he had the grand opening of his Hurricane Hole Marina down in Key West, he had us come down and perform.”
As for the four covers on that new CD, they will include “Love is Alive” by Gary Wright, the Talking Heads “Burning Down the House,” the dance pop hit “Back in Love” from LTD, and R&B singer O.V. Wright’s “Blind, Crippled and Crazy,” a song that has been a staple of Clutch Grabwell live shows.
“You’ll hear ‘Burning Down the House’ done in a version that keeps the vibe of the original, but takes it in a more driving, rock direction,” Campbell said. “Our shows always consist mostly of originals, but we will react to the crowd, and go with the flow if they want some covers. We have been playing around here so long, however, that we have a lot of fans who really want our originals, which is a great feeling.”
Clutch Grabwell also plays New Year’s Eve at Gilrein’s in Worcester, another New England club that has become a regular stop over the years.
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