I feel like High On Fire’s been away from the limelight for too long now. It was mostly because of Matt Pike’s rehab stint and his dealing with that situation. But the good news is an album is written and will be recorded this fall.
That Andrew Haug dude spoke with Pike recently, who admitted he’s “fallen off the wagon a few times since I went to rehab. [But] I get better and better at, like, when I do have a drink or mess up, not being too hard on myself, but getting right back on the wagon. That’s kind of part of the process in getting sober.”
“Every now and then, you have a flaw and you’ve gotta accept that you can’t be good at anything without practicing it.
“You know, practicing being sober in my life, there is a lot of clarity, and with a lot of clarity, there sometimes comes depression and anxiety and you’ve gotta just accept that part of it too. So there is a lot to it, but I’m definitely a lot healthier and I definitely don’t write all my music in a blackout, like I used to, although I did come up with some good stuff in a blackout. I just have a different approach nowadays.”
Pike says he “went to Peru and I kind of got this inspiration being in Peru for a couple of weeks” for the new album.
Lyrically, “I’ve been writing down science-fiction, visual kind of stuff, just to work my lyrics off, I’ve been putting together a storyline.
“I’m not sure how [the new material] sounds yet… I know what the demos are like. It’s what you’d expect out of High on Fire, only a little… Like every record, we try to up it a little bit instead of just being average. So that’s kind of the direction it’s taking. I think it’s gonna be a pretty amazing one. And we’re all just getting better at our instruments, so hopefully that reflects on the recording when we’re done with it.”
As far as timeframes go, “we’re gonna be going into the studio in September, hopefuly, or October, and it should be out around February, if all goes well.”
Chances are the album will be released in 2015 on eOne.
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