Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor was interviewed by Rock Sverige, and talked about the new album. He said ‘2020 seems like a better option for release than 2019.’
Here’s the statement:
“It’s far from done. We’re working on it.“
Interviewer said ‘How far into it are you?’, Brann responded:
“Not very far. A couple of years ago we, as a band, bought a building in Atlanta and turned it into practice spaces for bands. The two major practice space facilities in town both closed down like in the same month, so there were hundreds of homeless bands basically.
If it was for practice spaces like that, we wouldn’t be a band because we relied on those spaces. We lived in apartments and there was nowhere to jam. We just finished construction on the bottom, the basement of the building and in doing so, we took two rooms and turned it into a studio.
We got everything hooked up, everything’s up and running. We got my drums set up and we really wanted to hear what the room sounds like or what it’s capable of, so we had a track that was… I mean, we wrote it in a couple of days.
I had a few riffs and went to Bill [Kelliher, guitar] and said, ‘I’ve got these riffs.’ and he went ”Well, I’ve got this riff that fits with that…”, like we do and then we started working on it. It yielded something really cool and we all liked it. Our main goal of doing that was just to see if we can make an album here in this room.
If we got these raw tracks and we get it to a proper mixer, can it match our previous sonic output? It has to be on a certain level for us to go, ‘This sounds like a real album’ or ‘This sounds like a demo.’ And we can’t have that, so fully anticipating being saddened by, ‘This sounds like a demo and it’s not gonna fly.'”
“The opposite happened and it sounded amazing. We were like, ‘Awesome!’ So that’s like a sorted thing. Hopefully, it will lead to more fruitable… I don’t want to say faster, because we’re pretty fast and we’ve put out a lot of records and sometimes we’ll have our album written and finished and we just won’t say anything, because we don’t want to leave home yet.
When we’re gone for two years, we owe the people that are back home a year of our time, obviously and we want to be home and give them that time. And that time is not… we don’t get a full year sitting at home, there’s no way. We’re doing one-offs here and there and we’ll go away for a month.
We say that we’re off for a year writing, but it’s not like that. When you’re gone for two years, it’s not like life stops, so there’s all sorts of stuff you’ve got to deal with and tend to and relationships that you want to keep, so you’ve got to hunker down, but having said that, there’s a ton of material.
Brent’s [Hinds, guitar] got a ton of crazy stuff [that’s] just wild – I’ve never heard anything like it – and so does Bill and so do I. We all just kind of have the same kind of deal.”
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