For nearly 30 years, Clutch has continued to release album after album of fuzz-filled, freaky-deaky rock 'n' roll.
What's the group's secret? Guitarist Tim Sult said it's all about being themselves.
"We never really tried to follow trends," Sult said. "We didn't worry about what anyone did. We never tried to write hit songs. Luckily, for some reason, people came and saw us live and decided to see us again.
"The fact that Clutch exists is a miracle."
Sult is still taking it all in stride, but allow me to give him and the Maryland rock band some credit.
Since the early ’90s, the band forged ahead, mixing a little bit of everything from the rock genre. Clutch's music features explosive metal, psychedelic guitar solos, jam-style bass lines and tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
And just when you think the group has reached its peak, Clutch continues to best itself. Just take a listen to the last two albums — 2013's "Earth Rocker" and 2015's "Psychic Warfare." You'll be surprised at how the band is still mining rock gold without relying on tired musical or lyrical tropes.
In short, the band sounds like it's having fun.
"We actually like our music," Sult said. "We enjoy playing those songs. We like what we do."
Clutch is currently on its final lap of touring behind that groovy 2015 release. The tour lands at Baton Rouge's Varsity Theatre on Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert features openers Devin Townsend Project and The Obsessed.
While humility and relentless touring have served Clutch well in the long run, Sult admitted that it would be hard to start a band like his in 2017.
"I can't imagine trying to be in a newer band these days," he said. "We started off in a different time, before the internet. It didn't seem like there were as many bands as there are these days."
It doesn't hurt that the band has a singer like Neil Fallon, either. Unlike the majority of modern rock bands, Fallon isn't afraid to poke fun or write strange story-songs. These days, Sult said the more over-the-top Fallon goes, the better.
"I can't imagine the band without his quirky lyrics," Sult said. "We probably wouldn't be here right now. We would probably be considered just a Helmet rip-off."
After wrapping up this tour, the band will head to Nashville to record a new album, and Sult can't wait to get started.
"They're my favorite songs," he said of the new material. "At this point, we probably have more songs than we've ever had before going into the studio. The material is a little heavier. It has a more doomed-out vibe and feel. We're going to record more live.
"It's our first time recording in Nashville. Who knows? We might end up with something that sounds like a Garth Brooks album."
CLUTCH/DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT/THE OBSESSED
WHEN: Friday. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Varsity Theatre, 3353 Highland Road, Baton Rouge
COST: $29.50 in advance, $32.50 the day of the show