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CLUTCH Frontman Discusses Side-Project THE COMPANY BAND – Dec. 22, 2009

George Pacheco of recently conducted an interview with CLUTCH/THE COMPANY BAND frontman Neil Fallon. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Was the formation idea for THE COMPANY BAND a product of a lot of pre-discussion, or did it all happen somewhat quickly?

Neil Fallon: Well, if memory serves me correctly — which it rarely does — it started initially as just wanting to do some instrumental jams with Jim Rota. He brought Dave Bone into the fold; they had wanted to do a record with vocals here and there, so they asked me to do it. One thing led to another, and we ended up releasing the EP. I don’t think the instrumental stuff really went anywhere. Later on, we just decided that — after playing together — that we had a good time, so why not continue? Do you make it a conscious effort to keep each band separate, and not let things cross pollinate?

Fallon: I tried to, but it’s easier said than done. They’re both hard rock acts. If THE COMPANY BAND were a country act, it would be a lot easier, but it’s difficult to disguise one’s own voice. Writing-wise, it’s hard for me to comment on it, because I’m so close to it. I try to just not over-think anything, and just go with gut instinct. With regards to the actual industry side of that, THE COMPANY BAND has released both a digital single and vinyl, on both ends. What’s your opinion of the shifts the music industry has seen, with regards to not only how people are buying their music, but how labels are promoting it?

Fallon: I think the vinyl aspect of it is in the middle of resurgence, I think because of how — with MP3s — the actual delivery process of music has become extremely disposable. Let’s face it: most of us hardly pay for our music, and if you do get a CD, you put it on your computer, and it ends up on the floor of your car. I think vinyl is a reaction to that. You have it on your iPod, but you also have this physical thing which you can touch, feel, smell and vibe on; it’s like buying stock in a company. I would hazard a guess that a lot of these people who are buying vinyl don’t even have record players! I think that’s more of an aesthetic reaction, because I don’t think there’s a lot of money to be made from vinyl.

As far as the industry side, it’s definitely leveled the playing field, where a band like THE COMPANY BAND can do stuff like that, and bands likeCLUTCH can start its own record label. The other labels are reacting to it in fear by going back to 360 deals and archaic stuff like that, but the Genie’s out of the bottle. You can’t put it back. Oh yeah, labels are downsizing left and right, getting rid of people and positions which are no longer needed.

Fallon: Yeah, the well has dried up, and you have to become a more efficient machine in this day and age. It’s good for everybody, because if you live too high on the hog, you get too financially fat to get off the couch. It’s probably a given that there are many people involved in the music industry who really have no love for actual music, and don’t know a thing about it.

Fallon: Yeah…you’re exactly right. It’s just another gig. They could be selling cars.

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