At this point, Machine Head doesn’t need Roadrunner, and Roadrunner does not need Machine Head.
Things have changed. The business has changed. Whatever and ever, amen.
But in a recent interview, Robb Flynn did confirm that Roadrunner’s recent restructuring left his band in a lurch.
“It’s a shame, man. It’s a fucking shame. Considering that these are, like, the premier people in their field… I mean, when it comes to metal, there was no one better,” he says.
“They were profitable, which almost no label in this day and age can say. The thing that was most bizarre was that Warner had all of their rock and metal bands going through Roadrunner [in Europe] ’cause [Warner] didn’t know what to do. So it’s kind of like, ‘Why would you [close the Roadrunner offices in those territories]?’ But they did it.”
He added: “We’re still trying to see how it is; we’re trying to get a feel for what’s going on. We’re in between labels right now — the last record was the [final one under our most recent contract with] Roadrunner, so we’re actually in a pretty unique position, because we’ve got a lot of different choices that we can go with right now, and the world is, basically, our oyster.”
Flynn says he’s excited about what the future may hold.
“It’s a rad position to be in. Eight years ago, we got turned down by 35 labels, and now every label on the planet wants to sign us,” he explains. “So it’s pretty awesome. So we’re gonna play it out. Roadrunner’s still got a lot of people that we know and love there — especially in America, they’ve got a real strong… the core people that are there are huge Machine Head supporters. We’re gonna check it out and we may very well end up on Roadrunner. We just need to make sure that it’s the right thing and that they get what we’re doing, because we’re not a pop band, we’re not some mainstream artist. I mean, we’re the biggest underground metal band, I guess, there is.”