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Never Got Caught has announced a two week trek with Clutch this June through the Midwest and the south. This is a continuation of a long standing relationship with Clutch as Never Got Caught’s Bryan Hinkley (vocals, guitar) spent years working with the band including helping to write two songs for the band in the studio and playing on 2007’s full-length From Beale Street To Oblivion. Neil Fallon of Clutch returns the favor by contributing vocals to the song “Slipping Out” on Never Got Caught’s recently released full-length Creepshow (They Want More Records).

New England kings, Never Got Caught is comprised of Hinkley, his brother Bill (drums), Paul Dallaire (bass) and Dave Ward (guitar, vocals). The band play rock influenced by kick out the jams 60’s and 70’s fuzz-tone heroes in addition to some lyrically dark 90’s bands such as Morphine or The Afghan Whigs. Working with vintage gear, Hinkley himself uses a 59 Les Paul Jr, a 72 Les Paul Deluxe and his guitar head is a 69 JTM 45. Sonically of a vintage tone, their songs are melodic and hook-laden but there is a powerful underlying current of heaviness gleaned from past metal cred.

The Hinkley brothers cut their teeth in the 90’s post-hardcore unit,Tree who were contemporaries of Helmet and The Deftones. Talking on the difference between that project and what they do in Never Got Caught, Hinkley says “When we started doing Never Got Caught we wanted a different outlet from what we did with Tree. It’s a return to the rock that we grew up with, with individual songs rather than a sound. We really try to develop different song progressions and melodies from track to track. Recording Creepshow with Andrew Schneider (Pelican, Unsane), he was really helpful in changing tones and even different drum sounds from song to song.”

The album title Creepshow definitely reflects in the music and lyrical themes of the album. Hinkley comments, “There are definitely creepy corners and dark alleyways in the sound of the album. Lyrically, it’s a dark album talking about a lot of down and out times and trying to rise above them.” This is the band’s second album after 2008’s There And Back (Wonderdrug Records). Never Got Caught started as a side project in 2003 writing a couple of songs a year in-between Hinkley’s work with Clutch. “In 2008 I decided I had to stop working with Clutch, as much as I loved it, because working with them I never had time to really devote to my own thing. We had enough songs to release There and Back and have been going full-force since then. We are planning to record more music this summer, possibly an EP for release later this year.” TOUR DATES BELOW ALL DATES WITH CLUTCH, BAKERTON GROUP AND LIONIZE

6/4 Huntington, WV V Club
6/5 Lexington, KY Busters Billiards
6/6 Toledo, OH Headliners
6/7 Urbana, IL Canopy Club
6/9 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
6/10 Little Rock, AR The Village
6/13 Montgomery, AL Strange Days
6/14 Houma, LA The City Club
6/15 Beaumont, TX Whiskey River
6/17 Greeneville, SC The Handlebar
6/18 Norfolk, VA The Norva
6/19 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock

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