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After hiatus, Anti-Clutch back with new singer

Frontman joins group while guitarist healed; set for Ruin show July 8

Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 8, 2022

The hardcore/groove metal quartet Anti­Clutch are back following a short hiatus and the addition of a new lead singer. 

The band has been a force to be reckoned with since their start in 2018, but they hit a snag in July when guitarist Azhton Tinkler had an accident that ended with him lacerating a nerve in his left arm, causing part of his hand and some fingers to lose feeling completely. That is definitely not an injury a guitar shredder wants to deal with. 

Tinkler ended up having surgery that resulted in a long period of recovery and therapy. 

Rather than getting a fill-in or force him to play one-handed, they decided to shut it down. Shorty after, they came across Bill Sanders of Absolute Hate who recently moved to town from San Diego and eventually wound up as their new frontman. 

“After meeting the band for the first time, they ran through some songs and I just freestyled some vocals, and we all just enjoyed the way everything fit and meshed together,” Sanders said. “To me, I feel that we all complemented each other’s styles and synchronized pretty well together. 

“What I really enjoy about this band is that they have groovy technical punchy riffs that work well with my pummeling simplistic fight riffs and breakdowns,” he added.

Rounding out the band is Zach Lahrman on bass and Gabriel Talamantes on drums. Together, they have a polished live set and are always writing new material. In fact, they are in the process of finalizing their first single. 

With Anti-Clutch all healed up and ready to go, expect some new music and gigs to be coming this year. The only show they have booked as of press time is Friday, July 8, at The Ruin with Deathtax, Ritualist, and Pharohound.  

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