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]

Watch Mastodon, High On Fire, And YOB Members Cover Mountain’s “Never In My Life”

“Two Minutes To Late Night” host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds has joined forces with Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Coady Willis (High On Fire, Big Business), and Aaron Rieseberg (YOB) for a cover of Mountain’s “Never In My Life.” You can check that out below.

Snowblind (Mastodon) To Debut New Video On “The Slaughter Que Late Night Extravaganza”

Snowblind, the arctic themed project featuring Mastodon‘s Brent Hinds, will be debuting a new video during “The Slaughter Que Late Night Extravaganza.” That show will stream live on Facebook on December 26 and it will feature “celebrity interviews, live music performances, outrageous sideshow acts and more.” Hinds and Syd Howell will host.

[via The PRP]

West End Motel (Mastodon) Working On New Music

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds has been working on new music for his West End Motel project. He said the following about that:

“…We got some real bangers almost ready to mix and a mountain of music releases in progress -working in the studio most weeks now. Should be exciting end of 2020 and 2021”

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Hey everyone. Please read the whole post… From West End Motel team -We pulled our merchandise push for the last 4 months because it seemed pretty tone deaf to be pushing music product while people were fighting and dying in the street, people suffering of a horrible disease, people suffering financial and socially, and incredible growing polarity between sides of humanity growing when we all know most of us sitting down in person together over a beer or coffee brings the true connection that matters among differing opinions. -and what better than music to bridge that. So with our West End Motel "2020 Choose Awesome" shirt -which now has a totally different meaning based on where we are -we'd like to reoffer them and other vinyl, CDs and a bunch of free stuff like double skull and raven stickers with your purchase… and we will donate a portion of the proceeds to a Covid survivor charity. We have everysize in stock (Women sizes too)-no waiting ready to ship -& we preshipped a few extra shirts to Europe 2 months ago to Gethin to store in UK to be able to get shirts out fast for Europe orders. MODEL: Sexy Ass Brent doing his Blue Steel in the Choose Awesome 2020 Shirt. We also have original poster art available too -some of that will go to help @mcstevenish finally get a honeymoon once the pandemic is over Email: Westendmotelband@gmail.com for a full list of WEM related stuff & we will get it out to ya fast! And lastly we got some real bangers almost ready to mix and a mountain of music releases in progress -working in the studio most weeks now. Should be exciting end of 2020 and 2021 -stay tuned, stay positive, and give everyone a little grace during these stressful times. Pretty sure Lemmy & Strummer both said something like "kindness to others doesnt cost you anything" "Life can either suck or be awesome -i choose awesome" -the great @bubbersparties 'future President of the USA @gethiwethi @raisamrn @dicknickel @tom.w.tapley @mrbankercustom @orangeamplifiers @_pacella_ @fiend.without.a.face @richeybeckett @dogboy701 @raybird_ @cocoalexander @runeramone @ginagleasongtr @jessmargera @dustindznuts @markwijering @the_real_dr_worm @marcuskingband

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[via The PRP]

Watch Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Cover Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” With Marcus King

During his livestream show in Nashville, TN last night (July 27), Marcus King was joined onstage by Mastodon’s Brent Hinds for covers of ZZ Top‘s “Thunderbird” and Black Sabbath‘s “Electric Funeral.“ Footage of the Black Sabbath cover is available below. The performance was part of King’s benefit show series for MusiCares.

[via The PRP]