Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, etc.) was recently interviewed by Revolver and during the chat he was asked about his upcoming En Minor project. According to him, it will feature “songs that have grown up with [him] over the years” and that it is essentially based on his “appreciation for songs written in a minor key.”
Anselmo said the following:
“…Really it’s just songs that have grown up with me over the years, and I’ve never really had a place to put ’em. Some of them resurfaced in the Nineties under the Body and Blood moniker, but it’s way different than anything I’ve done. It’s acoustic-based, clean guitar.
The name of the band really says it all: It’s my appreciation for songs written in a minor key. That’s a lifetime of influences — everything from U2‘s ‘Drowning Man,’ ‘She’s Leaving Home‘ by the Beatles, or even — this is gonna sound crazy — there’s a Fishbone song called ‘Pouring Rain‘ that’s beautiful. Songs like that. It makes for a very different listen, and I look forward to the conversation we can have when it comes out.”
He also added the following when asked about a timeline:
“Well, I wanna let this new Illegals breathe for a bit but the En Minor‘s been done for over a year now. The core band is me, [Superjoint guitarist] Kevin Bond, [Down drummer] Jimmy Bower, Steve Taylor and [Down guitarist] Bobby Landgraf, but we’re gonna need some extra musicians at some point. The album has 16 songs and it’s called When the Cold Truth Has Worn Its Miserable Welcome Out. If you decide to throw a party one night and your house is packed but you get tired, just pop this En Minor record on and your place will fucking empty in seconds. It’s a bummer.”
On another note, he also talked a bit about the back surgery he was set to undergo today (January 31):
“I’m about to undergo the second back surgery tomorrow [January 31] to clean up one more little nagging issue that has been dragging my ass down for the last decade. My sciatica has just been driving me fucking bananas ever since the nerves reconnected about four months after the main surgery. It’s a small surgery compared to the first one — no overnight stay at the hospital or anything like that — but once I get this done, we can start accepting shows and get back to fucking work again.”
Head to Revolver to read the full interview in which Anselmo also talks about The Illegals, his thoughts on Slayer’s retirement, and more.