Clutch have unleashed the new song “Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone),” the first taste of music from their as-yet-untitled forthcoming studio album.
The song’s lyrics were inspired by an actual conspiracy theory involving the iconic Boss Metal Zone guitar pedal and COVID vaccines. As ridiculous as that sounds, frontman Neil Fallon fully embraced the Philip K. Dick vibes, as did music video director David Brodsky with a Blade Runner-style clip.
“Early in 2021, I learned the Boss Metal Zone pedal schematic was being presented as ‘proof’ that the COVID-19 vaccine had an electronic component to communicate with 5G cellular networks,” Fallon commented in a press release. “It was, of course, nonsense. It sounded like a Philip K. Dick premise.”
He continued: “I didn’t want to write a song specific to COVID-19 vaccines, so I went with the Philip K. Dick angle (again). Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? came to mind (replicants, in particular, representing what is real and not real, or is there a difference at all?). The video makes no secret that this is an homage to Philip K. Dick and a future where we have distortion coursing through our veins.”
Musically, the song is a compact, three-minute rocker with bluesy riffs and breakneck grooves — as only Clutch can play them. Fallon’s delivery combines narrative with song, inserting backstory without obscuring the more direct lines of melody.
“‘Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone)’ is one of the faster cuts on our forthcoming album,” added drummer Jean-Paul Gaster. “It kicks in and hits like a freight train. The intensity of the recording reminds me of our live shows. This song cooks and I can’t wait to play it on tour!”
Below you can watch the video for “Red Alert (Boss Metal Zone).”