Hailing from Germantown, Maryland and formed in the early 1990s each of Clutchís albums is marked by their own distinct and cohesive sound. The band's musical style may be said to have migrated from metallic hardcore punk to hard rock over the course of its career, with strong blues influences becoming more prominent in later years. Clutch's lyrics, at first angry and serious in tone, had by the time of 1993's Transnational Speedway League become characterized by intelligence, wordplay, and often humor (although comedy is not usually the focus). Their songs make frequent reference to history, mythology, popular culture, and religion. Despite having signed with major record labels in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Clutch has not pushed for mainstream popularity, and their songs rarely receive airtime on commercial radio or music television. Instead they have accumulated a devoted cult following. This following has been cultivated by an ambitious touring schedule; the band has often performed more than 100 shows per year. Clutch released their new album, From Beale Street to Oblivion, on March 27, 2007. The album was produced by Joe Barresi (whose credits include The Melvins, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, and Tool) and is published on the DRT entertainment label.