Gun Shy Assassin is humbled to be able to bring you an ongoing string of quick, casual, off-the-cuff interviews with the very talented Chris Adler, drummer for the one and only Lamb of God. Chris will be checking in with Gun Shy Assassin from time to time with updates on what’s going on in his world, and will occasionally answer some topical and ridiculous questions from me. Without further explanation, here is a Gun Shy Assassin Exclusive: the thirteenth installment of Adler Chatter with Chris Adler.
Right now, somewhere in Virginia, Lamb of God are working on their new album, which they have to turn into their record label in October. But before the band started tracking new material, they played a gig in Quebec, and I had to ask Chris Adler — you know, Lamb of God’s awesome drummer — how the show went.
“It was nice to get out of the house, if you will,” Adler tells Gun Shy Assassin. “Our rehearsal room is tiny and we’ve been locked in there for three months, working on the new record. So, there’s no smiling faces — it’s just us bearded rednecks, trying to stare each other down. So it was nice to get out and see some happy faces.”
Lamb of God melted the faces off of 10,000-plus people, but did not play any of the new stuff during the gig.
“We rehearsed the old songs once or twice, and it was feeling alright but still, all this new stuff is really fresh in our minds,” said Adler. “The thrill of being back on stage…everything worked out great. All the songs were fine, all the muscle memory worked and all that stuff. It was definitely very cool, and we just came back, and have been feeding off of that positive energy.”
But just because the new album is due in October doesn’t mean it couldn’t be done sooner. Still, Lamb of God are not rushing this one.
“The idea was this time to really let things marinate, really throw ideas up and see what sticks after a few months,” says Adler. “We’re going take it home for a couple of weeks, and if we can think of something better, let’s take the time to try to think of something better. We’re just going to sit on the new album for a month, listen to it, and see it it’s still good.”
Adler said Lamb of God got to work long before they normally would have, and “in starting early, we gave ourselves some time to take things to a new level.”
And from the music I have heard…they’ve definitely taken things to a new level. I can not wait to hear the finished product.
Chris Adler is the drummer for Grammy-nominated metal band Lamb of God and the author of the book “The Making of Lamb of God’s New American Gospel,” a comprehensive behind-the-scenes narrative book detailing the early days of Lamb of God and the writing and recording of their New American Gospel LP. Anything else you need to know about Chris Adler, you can find at his web site, Chris-Adler.com.
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