Mastodon Might Record Two New Albums If The COVID-19 Pandemic Persists For A Long Time

Mastodon recently started the recording process for their new album, but after its finished the band may not stop there. The group had a lot of material going into the sessions and they are considering working on another record if the COVID-19 pandemic persists for a long time.

Brann Dailor told Full Metal Jackie the following about the excess material [via Loudwire]:

“It is a good problem to have. It’s also a little bit stressful because I feel we have had too much time off. Like a lot of groups, we have had too much time and we’re constantly working. We had the shut down for a couple of months, but we’re back at it.

I guess it’s a good thing we’re still wanting to come down here and wanting to work on our 20-year-old project that we have been calling Mastodon. It’s exciting to me because every time you go to approach writing new stuff, you say, ‘Well, when is this well going to dry up? When are we going to go looking and can’t find it anymore?’

That is always a fear that a lot of musicians and artists go through.

Sometimes you do have a mild case of writer’s block or maybe you have a severe case of writer’s block. That isn’t the case with us, luckily. We have an abundance of material and a lot of really great things. The hardest part is going to be picking the ones that go on the actual album because there are too many songs at this point. We want to put maybe 10-12 songs on the album and we have like 30.”

He also added:

“That’s a lot. That’s too much [laughs] but I think it is coming into focus now. The ones that we are wanting to play more than the other ones, those are the ones that are going to make it. But even with the ones we are really, really digging there are still too many of those — there are like 20 of those.

There is always room for new ideas too. We were jamming the other day and we had like 30 songs we could be running through and we started writing something brand new. It’s like, “STOP!” …but don’t stop as well.

As much as I think it’s kind of not the best to have one in the chamber, I don’t necessarily think it’s great for us to release a double album. I don’t see the problem recording a full length album and then because of the fact that we are not going to be able to go on tour immediately, record another full length album not far after.

I think that that’s a possibility that we will have an abundance of music and we will have an abundance of stuff that we really dig that we can release to the public while we are still in this muck.”

Brann Dailor Says Mastodon Have Demoed 30 Songs For Their Next Album

During a recent interview with 100.3 The X Rocks, Brann Dailor talked a bit about the new Mastodon album. The band are planning to enter the studio later this month and Dailor says they “have, like, 30 songs demoed” and that they “need to pare it down to about 12.”

Dailor said the following:

“We have way too much material, which I guess is a good thing, but also it’s very difficult for us to narrow it down at this point. We’ve had so much time — as everyone has [during the coronavirus pandemic] — to be creative and be in the studio and write new stuff that now we have, like, 30 songs demoed, and we need to pare it down to about 12.”

He continued when asked how the group choose which tracks make the cut:

“We need an outside entity to come in that we trust to say, ‘These are the songs,’ but that’s probably not gonna happen, so it’s gonna be up to us to put our big-boy pants on and make a decision. But there’s a few different ways that we could do things, so we are just sort of debating those things. Okay, all these songs kind of sound like they’re all friends, they all are similar-ish — they sort of have the same vibe, like a more doomy vibe, a more doom side of Mastodon. So we kind of like that idea — it’s kind of cool; we like that — but also there’s some rippers that we don’t wanna leave out. And so we’re kind of discussing whether or not, do we wanna do a full kind of doom-leaning album and then, a few months down the road, record the rippers and put a ripper album out? I don’t know. So we’re still sort of deciding how we wanna approach it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Mastodon, Dethklok, Municipal Waste, Etc. Members Cover King Diamond’s “No Presents For Christmas”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of King Diamond‘s “No Presents For Christmas” with Brann Dailor (Mastodon, Arcadea), Brendon Small (Dehtklok, etc.), Nick Cageao (Mutoid Man), and Dave Witte (Municipal Waste, Brain Tentacles). “Two Miunutes To Late Night” said the following:

“Happy Halloween/Christmas/Channukah! We covered King Diamond with Brendon Small (Metalocalypse! Galaktikon! HOME MOVIES!) but it was Brann‘s idea. This is our 28th bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at http://www.honorableswords.com.”

Watch Mastodon, Darkest Hour, Baroness, & Kvelertak Members Cover Ozzy Osbourne’s “Over The Mountain”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Over The Mountain” with Brann Dailor (Mastodon, Arcadea), Mike Schleibaum (Darkest Hour), Marvin Nygaard (Kvelertak), and Sebastian Thomson (Baroness, Trans Am). You can check that out below. “Two Minutes To Late Night” commented:

“Diary of a Sad Man! We covered Ozzy Osbourne‘s favorite song about hiking with some spooky folks from some spooky bands we love. This is our 25th bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use the Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at http://www.honorableswords.com.”

Watch Mastodon, Russian Circles, Etc. Members Cover Alice In Chains’ “Rain When I Die”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Alice In Chains’ “Rain When I Die” with Justin Suitor (Painted Wives), Brann Dailor (Mastodon, Arcadea), Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles) and Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man). You can check that out below. “Two Minutes To Late Night” commented:

“Martin Scorsese’s Alice in Chains doesn’t live here anymore. We covered “Rain When I Die” and we did it with some added panache! This is our 23rd bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use the Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at http://www.honorableswords.com

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 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.

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.”

Brann Dailor Says Mastodon’s New Album “Will Probably Come Out In 2020”

It looks like Mastodon’s new album may be released in 2020. Drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor revealed the tentative plans after being asked about his future plans during an interview with Rolling Stone:

“I’m gonna try to keep my life together and I’m gonna try to keep from mentally collapsing. And I’m gonna try to keep writing music and recording music and pretty much just do what I’ve been doing. Try to write a kickass Mastodon record within the next few months, and it will probably come out in 2020. So I’m hoping for continuation of what’s been going on the last 10 years. More of the same, please. Thank you.”