ETA late 2011
ETA late 2011
A couple of weeks ago, we put the word out that we were looking for Mastodon fans to submit questions for a fan question-only interview with the mighty Mastodon. Well, we took your questions and put them to Brann Dailor and Troy Sanders while they chowed down on some crumpets. The results were…..interesting to say the least.
Before embarking upon a range of dates upon the European mainland, Mastodon popped over to the UK for a mini-tour of smaller venues. Chris Cope was there in Glasgow to watch a Crack The Skye extravaganza
This is loud stuff. Reaching Motorhead-esque volume levels, Mastodon seem to have laced their guitar leads with dynamite, and after a couple of songs in, the crowd’s ears are both pricking excitedly but also curling over to try and protect themselves from impending deafness.
But hey, that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?
We’re interviewing Mastodon tomorrow while they’re in London tomorrow and seeing as we’ve interviewed them a million times already in the past six months, we thought we’d make this one 100% fans’ questions.
So what do YOU want to know? Something about Crack The Skye? Something about their forthcoming Sonisphere Festival appearance? Something about Troy’s other Doppel-Thrashers?
In this second part of the interview with Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, we talk about their forthcoming fourth album, Crack The Skye, staying hip and making sure his kids learn to swim. Bill also explains his wonderful current state of facial hair
This is the longest the band has been without releasing a new record. What have you been doing?
“We’ve never had this much time off touring before. Normally we’ll just take two months off to write and record but this time we took a whole year. I bought a bunch of microphones and we got an eight-track recorder for our rehearsal space and we started plugging away riffs and writing skeleton songs with drums and guitars. We even started adding some vocals. We’ve never done stuff like that before.”
Ahead of the release of Mastodon’s fourth album, Crack The Skye, Raziq Rauf caught up with guitarist Bill Kelliher for a chat. In this first part he spoke of his 2008 hospitalisation and he gave us a lovely Sonisphere exclusive.
You’ve been announced as part of the fantastic Sonisphere lineup. Are you planning anything special?
“We got to meet Scott Gorham from Thin Lizzy and he was one of the coolest fucking guys I’ve ever met – we just joked around and talked shit. Brent and I picked up acoustic guitars with Scott and we played ‘The Emerald’ together and it was great. He even gave me his email! We were talking about having him onstage to play with us at Knebworth and we’ll play ‘The Emerald’. We’ll have three guitar solos from three different guitar players up there and we’ll extend it. He seemed joyous about it.”
Showing the band trawling through a snowy, mountainous terrain, the epic, doom-laden video for the band’s recent single, ‘Divinations’ is a masterclass in what to do when your label gives you some cash and a camera.
The prog-metallers are decked out in some cool shades and parkas and they use ropes as they venture into the wild to slay a SNARLING MANIMAL. The ropes are pretty cool, but not as cool as the icy beard that Brent Hinds is sporting.