A long, long time ago, I had a rather in-depth conversation with Dallas Taylor, frontman for Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. It was an emotional chat, and really sort of ran the gamut as far as topics discussed. I never ran the interview because things kind of stalled with their new record, IV. But now that the album is slated for release September 27, it seems appropriate to run it now.
For those that don’t know, Dallas was going through a lot of personal anguish during the writing of the new record: He was in the throes of a challenging divorce. “I am still healing,” he told me; this was months ago, but the wounds of divorce don’t heal quick. I know, having gone through that shit myself.
He told me the divorce really opened him to emotions he’d never known, making IV one of the most honest records he’s ever helped to write.
Taylor is a dude who is unfazed by his band’s popularity. The last Maylene record, III, opened in Billboard’s Top 100. This is something no one in the band was expecting.
“We started the band for fun,” Taylor tells me. “We didn’t even care if we signed with a label. We just wanted to play music for fun. There wasn’t much more depth to it than that.”
But it isn’t all fun and games, Taylor assures me.
“It’s still just as much work as it is fun,” he says. “It is fun, but, if I see someone with a Maylene shirt on, it doesn’t really make me think of myself or the band I’m in. I never put two and two together that I’m a part of that sometimes. It’s weird. I mean, sometimes I do, but I’m not letting it give me a big head or anything. I never made the relation of like, ‘Oh, people really like the band or me,’ it’s just cool. That’s just what I do. It doesn’t change how excited I am about the band. I think it’s awesome that we have people that love our band and are really into it and that means the world to me, but at the same time, I’d be just as happy probably if no one ever liked the band.”
Taylor says he’s “a normal guy” and that being in a band doesn’t make him feel like he’s “some special person. I guess I should look at myself much better, but I’m humble in that way. Everything is a blessing to me. I don’t build myself up. Putting gutters on someone’s house is just as awesome as if I’m playing a show. I try to be content with wherever I’m at.”
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