Mastodon Premiere “Fallen Torches” Music Video

Mastodon have premiered a new video for their song “Fallen Torches.” This track features Neurosis‘ Scott Kelly and it can be found on the band’s new rarities compilation, “Medium Rarities,” which is available now. The group said the following about the video:

“We wanted something visually compelling and mind-twisting that didn’t require a big physical production, so we hit up our good friends at Hey Beautiful Jerk and they helped us bring it to life.”

Brann Dailor On New Mastodon Music: “The New Stuff Is Almost Hard To Listen To Because It’s So Devastating”

During a recent interview with Spin, Brann Dailor discussed Mastodon’s new album once again. According to him, the new material is “almost hard to listen to because it’s so devastating.”

Dailor said the following when asked if the material will be darker due to the coronavirus pandemic and the political situation in the U.S.:

“I think so, but we’ve never been a happy band. It’s not what feels right to us, or the kind of music we want to make. If we do something that sounds too happy, we know it and change it. It needs to be darker, and that’s where we want to live.

I don’t mind listening to happy music, but over the years, Mastodon has been the place to put dark things. It’s corny to call it therapeutic, but the new stuff is almost hard to listen to because it’s so devastating. We lost our friend and manager Nick John in 2018 to pancreatic cancer, so a lot of the new record is for him.

There’s been a lot of personal stuff that has transpired in the last year, all piled on top of the COVID stuff. I don’t know how any musician or artist could sidestep the state of the world right now.

When I listen to it, it’s not a fun romp by any stretch of the imagination. I’m not really selling it well, but it’s what we needed to get through.

There is a moment that I feel will be the last song and the last thing you hear on the album. It’s a riff that sounds to me like driving off into the sunset, and leaving everything behind. It sounds hopeful to me.

When I listen to music, I see little movies play in my head, and this riff brings a hopeful, cinematic vision to my mind. We’re driving towards something hopeful, away from devastation, death, and all that good stuff.”

Mastodon’s Troy Sanders: “I’m Ready To Hit ‘Record’ For Real And Put A Record Out The Beginning Of Next Year”

During a recent appearance Dean Delray’s “Let There Be Talk” podcast, Troy Sanders offered an update on the new Mastodon album. The bassist/vocalist said that he is “ready to hit ‘record’ for real and put a record out the beginning of next year.”

Sanders said the following:

“We bought a building a couple of years ago. It’s called Ember City. It’s on the west end of Atlanta. And we’ve got about 17 rehearsal spots in here for local bands and a studio in the basement — a top-shelf studio called West End Sound — where we’ve been demoing all this material for a new record, with hopes to start recording down there any week now for the real deal, because we’ve got loads of material. We’ve been chipping away this whole year. So I’m ready to hit ‘record’ for real and put a record out the beginning of next year.”

He continued after being asked who will serve as the producer for the album:

“Not sure. That’s kind of where we’re at right now. Like I said, we’ve just been slowly piecing things together and chipping away since November, so it’s been, like, nine months in. So, pregnancy-wise, we’re about due. We’re throwing around some ideas and seeing who’s willing to come to Atlanta, because we have our own facility here now, so someone needs to be willing to travel here to help us out. So that conversation is happening now, which is exciting to me.

You get, we call it ‘demoitis’ — you hear your demo so much, you’re losing touch. Is this even good anymore? I don’t know. While it’s still fresh, you need to record for real. You don’t want anything, really, to go too long, because it gets stale, or it can get stale, so kind of keeping it fresh and forward-moving is really important for us right now.”

He also added the following when asked how many songs the band have written:

“For the first time ever, we’re over the 20 mark, which is a wonderful… I don’t wanna say ‘problem.’ It’s a great issue to sort through and, like, ‘Hey, what are we gonna focus on?’ But at the same time, we’ve never really worked on an idea unless we all really like it. So I’m hopeful that what we have here is two albums’ worth. Not that we’re gonna do a double album, but just going back to the fact that we were capable and able to be productive during this whole year.

It would be a good issue to have, I guess [to go into the studio with so much excess material]. Because from our eyes and ears, it wouldn’t be filler — it would be stuff that we worked on and we really love. So, yeah, whether [it turns out to be] an album and an EP within a year of each other, who knows? That would be a group decision. But, yeah, the more material, the better.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Mastodon Discuss “Rufus Lives” From “Bill & Ted Face The Music”, “Fallen Torches,” Etc.

During a recent interview with Rock Sound, Mastodon’s Brann Dailor and Bill Kelliher discussed a number of topics. Among them were their new song “Rufus Lives” from “Bill & Ted Face The Music” (out August 28), their latest single “Fallen Torches,” and more.

Dailor said the following about “Rufus Lives”:

“The song was something that was sort of in the works, you know? It was pretty recent, maybe six months ago. I was going over to Bill’s, and I’d had probably more than a pot of coffee already, and was just amped up, ready to rock!

He started playing guitar, we put this thing together, it wasn’t even 10 o clock in the morning and we already had this fast, crazy thing going on. It just sounded cool. That was the beginning of it. From there we wrote the song pretty quickly, and then when Bill & Ted came around, they wanted something very specific for a specific scene in the movie.

They sent us the scene, and it needed to be like party rock ‘n’ roll. We sent them a couple things, but they were a little doomy. It’s hard for us not to be doomy, you know? They were like, ‘It needed to be at a party, not a funeral!’ And we were like, ‘Okay, we’re sorry!’

The notes that we all gravitate towards are all minor, spooky notes, Black Sabbath. That’s where we live, spooky! But I think we were able to maintain our aesthetic and our musical personalities, and give a party rockin’ song. It’s basically like, ‘You’re at a party, you’re in the woods, everybody is having fun, what’s on the stereo?’

That’s the song we needed to write, and what we tried to do. Then we took the situation that Bill & Ted were in, and we applied it to the lyrical content. So I’m singing in it, and Troy’s singing.”

Kelliher continued:

“When I was a teenager I liked Bill & Ted and thought it was cool, though that was like 35 years ago! We got an email from someone there who must be a fan, like the music director, and they wanted us to write a song for it.

We had like, 25 songs written for the new record, so could probably find one that would fit along with their soundtrack. There was one we’d written the week before that was heavy hitting, one of the better songs that was gonna go on our record. It’ll be out in a couple weeks, and it’ll be cool to be tied to that.

I enjoy writing songs that are going to be in movies. If I ever get to go to the movies again, seeing it on the big screen and hearing it full surround sound stereo, it’s awesome: like, ‘I wrote that riff!’”

In the same chat, Kelliher also discussed the band’s latest single “Fallen Torches,” which features frequent collaborator Scott Kelly (Neurosis):

“We had written that over a year ago, when we’d been in between doing European tours with Scott Kelly. We’d been thinking about writing a full EP or something with him, a bunch of songs. When we’d done the first European tour with him, there was a lot of sitting around backstage and playing on acoustics, throwing ideas around.

The record hasn’t happened yet, but we did have Scott come back to do rehearsals with us, and Brann and I put together ‘Fallen Torches’ and played it to him. We wanted him to sing on it, like, ‘Just pick a place and give it your best’, you know? The idea, in a perfect world, was to release it in December of 2018, and play it as part of the part of our set with Scott.

But it didn’t quite happen, it didn’t quite come out for whatever reason. We just dropped the ball I guess, I don’t know. I was ready to leak it, just put the song out on the internet and be able to play it live. But we waited and waited. With ‘Medium Rarities’ [out September 11], it just seemed fitting to put it out as the first song, give people an incentive.”

Later on, Kelliher also offered an update on the group’s upcoming album:

“We have been working on a brand new record since October really. So we’re getting ready to record that soon, but it won’t be out until next year some time. You’ve got to stay sort of active and keep putting out music. Times are changing. I don’t know if we’re going to be able to tour next year, so is it worth it putting a record out, does it make sense?

I always want to put music out, but is it one of those things where you put a record out, it goes straight to Spotify and because there’s no money being made off of it, you can’t survive? If you can’t tour and go out and sell merchandise, those things go hand in hand. It’s like a free giveaway, really.”

He then went on to discuss the sound of the effort:

“It’s hard to pinpoint, because every day that we write something, it’s the opposite of the song the previous day! And that’s kind of how we like it. There are so many variations of Mastodon within every record. There’s a lot of complex stuff going on in the new record, I know that. A lot of good riffage as usual, and I’m not going to say it’s like ‘Emperor Of Sand’ part two, but there are some similar sounds on there.

It’s all over the place, so you’ll have to see. We have like 20, 25 song ideas, and obviously they’re not all going to go on there, it depends on which ones do. I think we want to put different sounding songs next to each other, rather than everything sounding the same.”

Dailor also added the following about the uncertain future amid the coronavirus pandemic:

“I don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re writing music, we’re making plans to record another full-length album, but that’s the question mark. Do you put it out and not tour it? Because I know that the world needs new everything. What’s the next thing that comes out on Netflix? What’s the next album that’s out? The world needs the music, the art, the entertainment, because they don’t feel good, and a lot of people are going through really hard, crazy situations, in a multitude of different ways. So many things are colliding, especially here in the States. Our fucking president is just the worst person… I remember being a kid and seeing Donald Trump on TV, on Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous, being eight years old and going, ‘That guy sucks. That guy’s a dick. He doesn’t care about anybody but himself, he’s just a rich, spoiled brat’. And I knew that as a kid, you know what I mean? How could [anyone] think that guy cares about anybody but himself? Anyways, there’s a lot going on here, and people need music. But you say to yourself, do you just… you know, musicians don’t make any money off of record sales, or streams. There’s no money there, so for everybody who plays music… the money runs out.

I’m just trying to make sure I can pay the taxes on my house. Luckily my house is paid off, but there are a lot of people who aren’t in that situation. There are a lot of people trying to figure it all out, playing it by ear, basically. I’m doing the only thing that I know I have control over, and that is trying to write this music with my friends, be safe about it, but record it and sort of stick to the plan. Business as usual, and we’ll figure the rest of this stuff out later. If you have a record ready to go, do you put it out, because you can’t tour it? Do you just roll the dice and hope that a year and a half from now, when you’re able to go on tour, everybody wants to come out and hear you play that? I’m sure they will, but who knows? Are people going to feel comfortable going to a concert with 5,000 people? I think maybe they will, but who knows. There are a lot of unknowns right now. The one thing I can control is, we can take a little bit longer with our album, that’s for sure, and really make sure that it’s… we can pore over every single bit and piece, make sure everything’s in there. We can mess with it until we feel like it’s there. I feel like the new stuff is pretty much there, we’re ready to go into the studio for real at this point. We’re putting those plans together.”

You can read more over at Rock Sound.

Brann Dailor Says Mastodon’s New Album Will Focus On The Loss Of Manager Nick John

During a recent interview with Revolver, Brann Dailor talked a bit about the subject matter on the new Mastodon album. The drummer/vocalist said the effort will focus on the loss of the band’s manager Nick John, who sadly passed away in 2018 following a battle with cancer.

Dailor said the following:

“As far as the subject matter is concerned, it’s gonna be about Nick John after everything’s said and done. Of course, it’s going to be a fantastical representation to mask the true emotion of the situation, but it’s probably going to be Nick John-centric because that was our guy and we lost him and he deserves nothing less than an album’s worth of material that’s centered around his passing.

That was a huge blow to us. We lost one of our favorite human beings, and it just came out of nowhere. It really sucks. So that’s what we’re thinking about — plus all this shit that’s happening now. It’s the craziest time that we’ve experienced as human beings, so how are you not gonna reflect that in what you’re creating artistically? It would be impossible to sidestep it. It’s going to be about going insane in your fucking house.”

He also had the following to say when asked how much material the band have:

“We have too much material at the moment. We have enough for probably a couple of albums, so that’s good. But also we need to focus now. We’re at the point where we’re ready to go in and do it for real, I think. We just started jamming the new stuff as if we were gonna go in and do it, so that’s where we’re at.”

He added:

“We’ll narrow it down. We’ll probably do 45 to 50 minutes of new stuff and pick the cream of the crop, the stuff we’re all gravitating towards. There’s gonna be some hard decisions because I think we’re liking more than what we need for an album. And we don’t wanna do a double album. It doesn’t make sense to do that, currently. I don’t know why, but I feel like those types of records can get kinda chubby. We want a svelte Mastodon album. [Laughs]”

Prior to the new record, Mastodon will be releasing a new rarities collection titled “Medium Rarities“ on September 11. You can find more details on that HERE.

Mastodon Premiere New Song “Fallen Torches”

Mastodon have premiered a new song titled “Fallen Torches.” This track features Neurosis‘ Scott Kelly and it will appear on the band’s new rarities compilation, “Medium Rarities,” which is set to be released on September 11.

“Medium Rarities” Track Listing:

01. “Fallen Torches” (feat. Neurosis‘ Scott Kelly)
02. “A Commotion” (Feist cover)
03. “Asleep In The Deep” (instrumental)
04. “Capillarian Crest” (live)
05. “A Spoonful Weighs A Ton” (The Flaming Lips cover)
06. “Toe To Toes” (instrumental)
07. “Circle Of Cysquatch” (live)
08. “Atlanta” (feat. Butthole Surfers‘ Gibby Haynes)
09. “Jaguar God” (instrumental)
10. “Cut You Up With A Linoleum Knife”
11. “Blood & Thunder”
12. “White Walker”
13. “Halloween” (instrumental)
14. “Crystal Skull” (live)
15. “Orion” (Metallica cover)
16. “Iron Tusk” (live)

Mastodon To Release New Single “Fallen Torches” On Friday

Mastodon will be releasing a new single titled “Fallen Torches” on Friday (July 31). The song will appear on what is believed to be a new rarities compilation titled “Medium Rarities.” That effort will be released on September 11. You can preview “Fallen Torches” by signing up HERE.

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Brann Dailor On New Mastodon Album: “It’s All Over The Map”

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Brann Dailor discussed the new material that Mastodon have been working on for their next album. He said the following:

“It’s all over the map. There’s some big, big heavy riffs that are happening, so that’s what I’m into. And then there’s some guitar gymnastics by Brent Hinds that have been some of the most difficult things I’ve tried to wrap my ahead around and play drums to. So there’s some super-progginess coming from him, and some really super, pretty moments. But there’s some rockers in there, too. There’s some heavy, fast stuff as well. But a lot of it is kind of doomy. But that’s where we’re at.”

Bill Kelliher On Upcoming Mastodon Album: “We’re Kind Of Turning The Corner To The Next Thing”

During a recent interview with Tone Talk, Bill Kelliher talked a bit about the new Mastodon album. According to the guitarist, the record will find the band “turning the corner to the next thing.”

Kelliher said the following:

“For me, our band, if you put our first album against even three or four albums ago, you’d be like, ‘These are the same band? Holy shit.’ It is no exception with our latest record that we’re working on.

It’s moving forward, and we’re kind of turning the corner to the next thing. I can’t sit still in the same… like AC/DC – awesome band – every record they got to a point where they just have the same formula, three chords – awesome three chords. The Ramones, same thing; Slayer, same kind of thing. It really just kind of gotten that groove, I don’t want everyone to get in that groove.

Let’s put it this way: when we put a record out and there’s half of our fans like, ‘Fuck these guys! They’re fucking selling out or they’re turning a certain corner where we don’t feel comfortable here anymore,’ I feel like, ‘You know what? We’re gaining more people over here because we’re actually growing as a band; because I’m still writing.’

I mean, I’m 50 years old, but I’m going over there today. I’m gonna write something over there, I’m not just gonna go like this the whole time, and I feel like we have a lot of fans in the waiting who are like, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to see what they do next’ because our past few records have been… we mix it up.”

[via Ultimate Guitar]