Mastodon’s Sanders: New Album’s “Badass”

Band leader also hints at ‘Leviathan’ 10th anniversary shows

Mastodon with Barney and FriendsMastodon with Barney and Friends

Mastodon with Barney and Friends

Mastodon bassist and vocalist Troy Sanders recently spoke with Stereogum about his band’s new album, and guess what?

He says it’s the best thing to happen to mankind since antiseptics.

The effort is currently being and has no firm title. The outing was produced by Nick Raskulinecz.

“I’ve been asked if it’s taking over where The Hunter left off,” says Sanders. “We don’t have any preconceived thoughts and notions when we write. We don’t think that we need to have some long, epic songs or we need to have short, upbeat songs.

“Everything comes off natural through our minds, bodies and fingers. I believe it’s the next honest step in the Mastodon evolution. We’re continuing to carve our own niche. It’s another platter we’ve come up with and it seems to be piecing itself together as a badass rock and roll record.”

Sanders later said this summer, the band may mark the tenth anniversary of Leviathan with some special shows.

“I was just told that we could do a handful of shows this summer where we just play Leviathan live,” he said of the shows, one of which I will certainly be attending.

“I think [the record] is great and I’m certainly a fan of longevity. I don’t know many bands that have stayed with the same four guys for the last 14 years. I’m proud of that and think it’s great we are still friends and have the same focus and drive. I remember the four of us were prouder of that record than any of the previous ones. And I’m still really proud of it. It’s still classic in my opinion.

“But it’s more difficult to create a set list for live shows when you have more material under your belt. This will be our seventh record. That’s sixty something songs and all of us have favorites. Some of us are maybe a little tired of some of them. I don’t think any of us would be opposed to playing a Leviathan show and a handful of other songs. Today, I’m at my first band practice in nine months. We haven’t played old stuff and we leave soon for Australia. When the guys get here we’ll create a set list.”

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