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Ashtones – ‘Who Are The Leper Messiahs?’ (Antitune Records)

Despite this being their fourth album, Monk has to admit that he had never heard of Lille street punks Ashtones until this CD landed on the doormat at ÜRHQ over the recent holiday break (despite having being released a whack of weeks previously), complete with a nice handwritten note, penned on a piece of graph paper, from vocalist Gé, asking if we’d mind reviewing it. Hey, he even threw in an early Christmas present, in the form of a split album featuring two other bands from their label’s roster… And, like most people, we’re partial to the odd freebie now again – as well as open to a spot of bribery.

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The Big Über Rock Interview – Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch)

Easily one of rock’s most reliable bands, Clutch have racked up a fervent following over a 27-year, 12-album career. With a sound that has traversed the disparate realms of hardcore, blues, stoner and good ol’ fashioned rock n roll, they have deftly navigated the transformation over the rock scene over the past couple of decades, managing to put out records which earned both critical acclaim and fan adoration in the likes of ‘Blast Tyrant’, ‘Pure Rock Fury’ and (most recently) ‘Earth Rocker and Psychic Warfare’. Bigger than ever and coming on bold with the release of ‘Book of Bad Decisions’ (ÜR’s album of the year, no less), a record which nods to the many varied styles of Clutch’s past records whilst still confidently striding towards the future. We caught up with drummer Jean-Paul Gaster at the tail end the band’s recent December trek to chat everything from longevity to the particulars of how they go about choosing setlists from their diverse career…

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