Watch Mastodon Perform “Teardrinker” On “Late Night With Seth Meyers”

Mastodon performed their song “Teardrinker” live during last night’s (November 23) episode of “Late Night With Seth Meyers.” You can see footage of that below. “Teardrinker” appears on the band’s latest album “Hushed And Grim.”

Disturbed Singer David Draiman On Mastodon Guitarist Brent Hinds’ Negative Comments: “It Was Surprising, To Say The Least”

As previously reported, Mastodon guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds recently made headlines after using homophobic language while discussing his disdain for touring with Disturbed. Now, Disturbed frontman David Draiman has shared his thoughts on the situation, saying that the comments were “surprising, to say the least.”

Draiman told Loudwire Nights the following:

“You know, I have nothing but the greatest respect and admiration for the Mastodon guys. I have been a fan since day one, I continue to be a fan. I think that there’s just too much mutual respect and admiration. And they knew it — they knew we liked them. We were cool with each other throughout our touring times together. We’re genuine fans.”

He also added:

“It was surprising, to say the least. And you know what Brent? I hope that — just know from my end — I bare no ill will, and if at any given point in time those guys are somewhere and we can break bread or have a drink together, I’m always down. I don’t hold it against them or him or anything. Too often, these things are made more of than they really should be. Everything is trying to pit one musician against another musician. Who knows? Maybe he was having a bad day and maybe it is like what the Mastodon guys said. Who knows? God knows I haven’t had all glorious moments in my past in the press, so everybody’s human and I don’t begrudge anyone. It’s all good.”

Mastodon Apologize For Brent Hinds’ Recent Use Of Homophobic Language

Mastodon drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor has issued a public apology on behalf of his bandmate, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, who recently caused some controversy after using homophobic language on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta’s “The Jasta Show.” The comment in question came as Hinds was discussing a past tour with Disturbed, who he referred to as “gay ass shit.”

One of the people calling out Hinds was LGBTQ writer Morgan Y Evans (Metal Riot), who said the following while commenting on a photo of Dailor dressed as Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford:

“As an lgbtq supporter of the band who has seen you live 3x, written you up many times in magazines and effin flew once to NOLA to see you from NY State, it was super crappy today to see you all over the press w a member using homophobic language to describe a tour with @disturbed . Super not effin cool in 2021. Or is it just a costume to y;all, I love your music and am super pissed at the casual disregard and privilege it takes to still use g^y as a nagative [sic] word in 2021 and normalize that kind of association. Not supporting the band anymore unless there is a formal apology and will actively tell as many metalheads as I know, not that it will make a difference. But i would really like to see you reprimand that crap and own it. Not cool. Total BS. I literally bought the last cd copy of Lifesblood from you guys at contamination like 20 years ago and feel like total dog doo today after reading that Brent lazy bs.”

Dailor then issued the following apology:

“This really bums me out. I’m very sorry we hurt your feelings or anyone else’s, that is never our intention. We want our LGBTQ fans to feel safe listening to our music and coming to see us live. We also have no ill will towards Disturbed, they were always super cool to us on the Mayhem tour. I think that interviewer might have caught Brent on a bad day. Sorry for upsetting you or anyone else, we appreciate you and all of our fans very much.”

Jasta has since responded as well by taking down his interview with Hinds:

“This episode has been taken down. The point of the podcast is to talk to old friends, make new ones, throw some ideas around & maybe make a couple of those ideas happen. This episode was never meant to create division or stress @bhinds is my friend & I want nothing but the best for him.

He has a right to his opinion but once his words were being used against him I figured it was best to not let one crappy podcast take any shine away from a killer new album. We all have bad days that we don’t want broadcast & spun into something that it isn’t.

We’ll do it again down the line and it’ll be fun like the previous episodes with Brent have been. Love you Brent. Awesome job to you & everyone involved in every aspect of the new album.”

[via Metal Injection]

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Discusses His New Project With High On Fire’s Matt Pike, Reveals He Hated Touring With Disturbed

During a recent appearance on Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta‘s “The Jasta Show,” Mastodon guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds touched on a number of different topics. Among them were his new project with High On Fire vocalist/guitarist Matt Pike, his disdain for touring with Disturbed, and more.

Hinds said the following about his new band with Pike:

“I wrote way more songs that I chose not to put on the [new Mastodon] album because me and Matt Pike are starting a band together and we’re gonna work an album up and I’m gonna use a lot of that stuff for that. I kinda held back on purpose.”

According to Loudwire, he went on to say that the music will be “heavy, trippy and bluesy” and that they are planning to film a music video in December or January.

On another note, Hinds also talked about touring with Disturbed on the 2008 Mayhem Festival after being asked if he has any bucket list tours:

“No. I did a lot of tours I didn’t want to do though, like Disturbed and all that Mayhem stupid bullshit. Gay ass shit. You gotta fuckin’ open up for Disturbed. You gotta play to people that like Disturbed.“

He continued when asked if Disturbed fans were receptive of Mastodon:

“It was the ‘Mayhem Fest‘, you know, just a fuckin’ bunch of drunk Americans. They’re receptive to anything, I imagine. There’s tons of tours I want to do, but there’s most tours… our first tour for Relapse was with Dying Fetus and some other fucking band. It was horrible. I didn’t want to do that tour.”

You can find the full podcast below:

[via Loudwire]

Troy Sanders Says Mastodon Are Working On A Possible Collaboration With Men At Work’s Colin Hay

During a recent appearance on “The Eddie Trunk Podcast,” Mastodon’s Troy Sanders revealed that the band are working on a possible collaboration with Men At Work’s Colin Hay. There isn’t too many details yet, but Sanders did confirm that they are “working on something now.”

Sanders said the following when discussing how the potential collaboration came about:

“I reached out to him a few years ago because I wanted to cover one of his songs, and he was aware of our band which blew me away. [I] arranged a meeting when he came through Atlanta a few years ago, and we just sat down and swapped ideas. One of his quotes to me was beautiful when we were talking about potentially collaborating, and he said ‘if your band has the enthusiasm then I am interested in collaborating. I wanna play with people who are enthusiastic.'”

He also added:

“That was very true, but it just struck me as ‘wow. The fire in his belly has yet to be extinguished as well,’ which is kinda the way I feel about me and my bandmates. You can see it in his eyes when he plays and you can hear it in his soul.”

This news comes as Mastodon are preparing to release their new album “Hushed And Grim” on October 29.

[via Metal Injection]

Mastodon Announce European Shows With Kvelertak & Baroness

Mastodon have booked some headlining shows around their 2022 European festival appearances. The band will also be joined by Kvelertak and Baroness on select dates.

Tour Dates:

06/01 Leipzig, GER – Parkbuehne (feat. Kvelertak and Baroness)
06/02-04 Gdansk, POL – Mystic Festival
06/04 Nurburg, GER – Rock am Ring
06/05 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park
06/07 Paris, FRA – Bataclan
06/09 Tilburg, NET – O13
06/11 Castle Donington, UK – Download Festival
06/13 Dortmund, GER – FZW
06/14 Bremen, GER – Pier 2
06/17 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
06/20 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik (feat. Baroness)
06/21 Malmo, SWE – KB (feat. Baroness)
06/23 Oslo, NOR – Tons Of Rock
06/27 Vienna, AUT – Open Air (feat. Kvelertak and Baroness)
06/28 Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factory (feat. Kvelertak and Baroness)

Soundgarden, Municipal Waste, Etc. Members To Guest On New Mastodon Album “Hushed And Grim”

It looks like Mastodon’s new album, “Hushed And Grim” (out October 29), will feature a number of special guests. During an interview with Kerrang!, the group confirmed that Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Municipal Waste’s Dave Witte, Marcus King, João Nogueira, etc. will appear on the effort.

Drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor said the following about the new record, which was influenced by the death of the band’s manager Nick John:

“‘Hushed And Grim‘ is a mood. It’s about grief, about guilt, about all those fun feelings. It’s awful seeing your friend suffer like that and knowing there’s nothing that you can do. If you know, you know…”

Bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders added:

“It’s about taking the factual, brutal darkness of a life’s moment, then really trying to navigate through and beyond it. Writing and recording this record was like grief counselling for me: started out feeling horrific, came out feeling fantastic. Even if we wanted to write a happier record, we couldn’t. Our band doesn’t work that way. We can’t just shovel all of the darkness aside and say that everything was great.”

On another note, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds mentioned that the group also recorded some “proggy punk-rock songs” and “long Sabbathy-sounding shit” during the “Hushed And Grim” sessions. The extra material might be used for another future release.