It looks like Mastodon are working on some new music. Brann Dailor posted the following:
Mastodon have teamed up with Mikkeller once again to create their third collaborative beer. This one is named after their track “Ancient Kingdom” and it is available in select European stores now.
Mastodon’s Brann Dailor commented:
“Couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating once again with one of our favorite and internationally revered breweries Mikkeller. Ancient Kingdom is the perfect name for this beautifully brewed Czech Pilsner. We hope to swill a few with you on our European tour this winter, or on the beach this summer! Breach the walls of the ancient Kingdom and discover the bountiful riches hidden inside.”
Mikkeleler’s Mikkel Borg Bjergsø added:
“Our third collaboration with Mastodon is possibly going to be the best one so far. Not only did we agree on my favorite beer style at the moment, but the label and packaging came out amazing, and Brann and the guys named the beer after what I think is one of the top songs off of Emperor Of Sand. We always have a great time working with Mastodon, and we look forward to catching up with them early next year when they return to Europe.”
Mastodon won a Grammy for “Sultan’s Curse” back in January, but Brent Hinds was unable to attend the ceremony and he has a good excuse why. As it turns out, he was actually hospitalized after being involved in a hit and run while riding his motorcycle. Hinds confirmed the news on Instagram while talking about the new Ben Winston film “Hell Bound,” which he contributed music to. That movie is premiering at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, GA tonight (November 8). Hinds commented:
“Go see this movie..!!! I was lucky enough to live through playing a Lil bit a guitar on the sound track on January 23, 2018 and that’s why I couldn’t attend the Grammy’s (because I was involved in a hit and run on my motorcycle that ended me up in 🐎 pistola)..that i got absolutely NO shout out from my best friends/band mates💔 ..I know they love me and just be havin stupid nervousness,but still ! Here is a few photos of the results 😂 it’s opnening at @plazaatlanta tonight ! Made by Ben Weinstein ..don’t no his IG handle @hellbound_the_movie”
[via The PRP]
Mastodon have announced a headlining European/UK tour with Kvelertak and Mutoid Man. You can see the dates for that run below. It’s worth noting that Scott Kelly (Neurosis, etc.), who has guested on multiple Mastodon tracks over the years, will be joining the band onstage during select shows.
01/14 Belfast, IRE – Ulster Hall
01/15 Dublin, IRE – Olympia
01/17 Southampton, UK – Guildhall
01/18 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy
01/19 Glasgow, UK – Academy
01/21 Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
01/22 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy
01/24 Norwich, UK – UEA
01/25 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
01/26 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy
01/28 Luxembourg, LUX – Rockhal Box
01/30 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
01/31 Hamburg, GER – Docks
02/02 Copenhagen, DEN – Aarhus Train
02/03 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
02/04 Stockholm, SWE – Munchen Brewery
02/06 Hannover, GER – Capitol
02/07 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle
02/09 Brussels, BEL – AB
02/10 Tilburg, NET – 013
02/12 Zurich, SWI – Komplex
02/13 Paris, FRA – Casino de Paris
02/15 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 1
02/16 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
02/17 Lisbon, POR – Sala Tejo
Mastodon’s Brann Dailor appeared on last night’s (October 9) episode of History‘s “Counting Cars.” You watch the episode HERE (TV provider required) and see photos of his restored car below:
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What a beauty! Couldn’t be happier! Can’t wait to take him cruising. @countskustoms and @ryanatcounts did an incredible job and the “very controversial” tribute to @nickjzoso brought it all home. I can’t thank those guys enough, what an amazing experience. I’m excited to take @tigertigerband out for prime rib and a baked potato!! 9.95!! Where we going?!?
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Twinkletoes rides again!! I haven’t driven this car in over 10 years!! Long story, 10 years long, but tonight at 10pm you can see the beautiful transformation on @history the boys over at @countskustoms did an incredible job, especially the paint job by @ryanatcounts it’s just breathtaking. Tune in to watch me become completely flabbergasted!!
Mastodon’s longtime manager Nick John has sadly passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Brann Dailor and Brent Hinds confirmed the news on Instagram. Unfortunately, Mastodon have had a long history with cancer and the disease even played a role in the concept of their 2017 album “Emperor Of Sand.“
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Thank you for your guidance, your wisdom , your never ending hard work and dedication to Mastodon, always pushing and reaching turning over every stone to make sure we were always protected and always had every opportunity any of us could dream of. Thank you for making yourself available morning noon and night to handle every crisis or situation that ever came up. Thank you for being so passionate and believing in us with such enthusiasm that we considered you part of the band. Thank you for your calm demeanor, your level head and your sharp sense of humor. Thank you for showing all of us how to work our phones and computers with incredible patience via NJ solutions. Thank you for your smile and your infectious laugh but most of all, thank you for your unconditional love and friendship, we love you very much and are going to miss you more than we know. We love you Nick John. RIP. Sending love and strength to his wife @theoriginalleen who is also a dear friend of ours. We love you Colleen! #nickjohn #bestdudeever
[via The PRP]
It’s no secret that it’s extremely tough being in an international touring band in this day and age and Mastodon’s Brent Hinds recently opened up about that harsh reality during an appearance on Dean Delray‘s Let There Be Talk podcast. He even went as far as saying that being in a band “is definitely the most brutal job [he’s] ever had.”
Ultimate-Guitar shared the following transcription:
“When are you guys going to work on a new album?
What I really wanna do and what I hope people will let me do is take some fuckin’ time off and let me breathe. That’s how shitty the music industry is. Because you’ve got to work your dick into the dirt before you can see any worms.
This is definitely the most brutal job I’ve ever had. I would definitely rather frame houses again. Like, no one’s looking at me. It’s like, ‘Stop looking at me just because I fuckin’ play a goddamn show on the stage.’ I don’t give a fuck. Honestly, I just don’t care. Never have cared.
But when the opportunity’s there and you strike and it happens and then they milk you… I feel like I’m being milked like a dry hyena titty. I have nothing left for anyone. They’ve worked me to my fuckin’ soul, it is almost gone.
My next thing that’s gonna happen for me is I’m not gonna play music for a year or two. I need to go regather myself.
After this tour?
Never said that. I said that’s what’s next for me. As far as me, what’s next for me, is that.
Now, what’s next for me in my job – I couldn’t tell ya. They probably got tours booked up their fuckin’… Their bank accounts. I don’t know. They got me booked as long as they need to eat. Or as long as they need to shop. Or whatever they do with their money.
I don’t care. All I care about is my peace of mind, which is leaving me. So I need to stop and recalculate myself. I need to decompress from all this and I need to press the restart button and just kind of reboot myself in a way.
I just got married about a year or so ago. I gotta go down there and meet all her family. I’ve been on tour constantly. It’s just not healthy. My next thing to me is to go get healthy and just to get away from the music business for hopefully over a year.
It’s okay. It’ll be okay. I can still play music. If people want me to play good music they need to let me go for a year. If anyone that had a half of mind that was in charge of anything that I did would listen to what I say and not ignore what I say. Which happens a lot.
…You teach online?
No. Only when I’m on tour. I don’t do anything online. I wake up, I have to give a guitar lesson at 1, and then the soundcheck starts, and then the interviews start, and then meet-and-greet starts, and then the doors open.
We even rarely have time to hang out with the people that you’ve become very fond of in those parts of the world. Because they work you like a broke-dick dog because of how fucked the music industry is for rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal.
Any kind of music that requires raw talent – good luck.”