Mastodon Bassist Talks Next Album


So, my birthday was Saturday, and I spent the day in a pool, at a barbecue held in my honor. I’ve always known I share a birthday with Sean Connery, but this year I learned I also share a birthday with Rob Halford, Kiss’ Gene Simmons, Elvis Costello, and Jeff Tweedy from Wilco.

I had a great birthday this year. It’s usually not an occasion I like to recognize. I had no idea the Reading Festival — which I attended in 2000 — happened this weekend in England…not until all these interviews started popping up.

Onslaught Radio spoke with Mastodon bassist and vocalist Troy Sanders at Reading, and they asked him…dude, when’s the next record coming?

The future is very unknown, I think,” says Troy.

Not a good start.

“After these two festivals — the Reading and Leeds — we’ll take some time off and start working on new ideas,” he says. “And I’m as excited as anyone else on this planet to see where we’ll take it musically. I have no idea.”

And the next record, like all of their records, will be written for them, not the fans.

“We never really tried to cater any riff, any song, any sound to please any [particular group] of fans, any type of journalists, any critics or anything outside of the four of us. Once the four of us leave our practice space after writing a song, or even a riff, or even one line of lyrics, or something, if the four of us agree on it and are proud of it and are happy with it, then that’s all that really matters. Because we need to be happy with it ourselves, ’cause we’re going to be married to this music for life. And we really just write the songs, and we do everything to ultimately please ourselves, and if it carries over to anyone else around the world and they like it, then that’s just a wonderful dessert at the end of a giant, delicious buffet.”

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