Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher recently made an appearance on FM99 WNOR Backstage Pass for an interview. During the conversation, he talked about the bands that influenced Mastodon and admitted that he barely listens to metal music.
Formed in 2000, Mastodon is a heavy metal band consisting of Troy Sanders, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and Brann Dailor. The band has released eight successful albums throughout their career alongside other releases. The band achieved critical acclaim after their 2002 debut album, ‘Remission,’ and was praised their unique sound.
The award-winning band is widely known as a heavy metal band, and the band’s sound includes elements of several subgenres of metal music. Considering their experimental and innovative approach towards metal, they are cited as one of the preeminent metal acts of the early 21st century.
In a recent interview on FM99 WNOR Backstage Pass, the host Eric asked Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher if he knew about the poll on the Mastodon subreddit, in which the voters chose the best song from the band’s ‘Hushed And Grim’ album. Eric then stated that fans chose ‘Gobblers of Dregs’ and ‘More Than I Could Chew’ as their favorites.
Following that, Eric said the interlude at the end of ‘More Than I Could Chew’ has some Alice In Chains vibes. As a response, Kelliher said Mastodon takes influences from all bands they enjoy listening to. Following that, the guitarist admitted he barely listens to metal music and revealed the artists he likes.
Asked about whether Alice In Chains influenced Mastodon for their ‘More Than I Could Chew,’ Bill Kelliher said:
“We have a lot of influences from all bands that we look up to and enjoy listening to. A lot of people make the assumption that ‘You’re a metal band, you only listen to metal.’ I barely listen to metal.
When I was growing up, I listened to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, all the rock stuff that was there, Van Halen, all this shit that was on the radio. Then I moved on to punk-rock, and then I moved on to the everything in grunge.
And then my metal bands were Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica, Voivod… I don’t know, just the stuff that was more accessible because I grew up in suburbs in upstate New York where it wasn’t a lot of stuff to be found, you really had to seek it out.
And then my musical choices, or musical tastes, they’re always changing but all that’s a catalog from when I was a kid, even back to being 15 years old learning ‘Crazy Train.’ I still listen to all that stuff, I never outgrew it.
When I want to put on something comfortable, that makes me feel like right at home, I’ll put on an old Dead Kennedy’s record, or Soundgarden ‘Louder Than Love,’ or Bad Brains, or ‘Kill ‘Em All,’ or Led Zeppelin.”
You can watch the rest of the interview below.