Slipknot’s Clown Talks Paul Gray, Next Album

Slipknot

Because what else does anyone in Slipknot talk about anymore?

Slipknot “mastermind” Shawn Crahan spoke with his pal Jon Wiederhorn over at Spin about the band’s next album, and how the late bassist’s death has now inspired the band creatively.

Clown says drummer Joey Jordison has written 30 new songs, vocalist Corey Taylor has penned lyrics, and guitarists Jim Root and Mick Thomson are busy assembling riffs. Clown has done absolutely nothing, apparently.

“That’s how everyone is coping with the loss of Paul,” Crahan explains, “by writing. Will all of that stuff be used? No. Will some of it be used? Of course. But until we get to that area I can’t tell anybody anything. It’s like asking me who the next bass player is. I’m not gonna give you an answer ’cause I don’t have to think about it right now.

“I need about a year to grieve get my shit together so I can control my emotions in the studio, which is something I can’t do right now,” says Clown. “I want to be able to go in there and realize my brother’s not there. And then when I’m asked to do a part, I can control myself and give Paul, the band and the fans everything that Slipknot needs to be.”

Oh Clown. So much rage in you. I think someone needs to get some stank on his hang low. Some fresh wool.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader.
About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.