Italy’s SpazioRock.it recently conducted an interview with bassist and co-vocalist Troy Sanders of Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked about the fan response to MASTODON‘s latest album, “Once More ‘Round The Sun”,Sanders said: “We’re very happy with the result of the new record, ‘Once More ‘Round The Sun’. The four of us in the band are very, very happy with it, and that’s the most important thing. But it seems like a handful of people around the world seem to like it too, and that’s wonderful.”
Regarding the fact that there are more memorable choruses on “Once More ‘Round The Sun” compared to some of MASTODON‘s previous albums, Sanders said: “We’ve tried to incorporate more melody — not only guitar-wise, but vocal melodies and vocal harmonies and vocal patterns that really are catchy; you know, like, hooks that bring you in and make a song more memorable. So we did spend more time and effort on trying to find those right vocal moments for this new record without cheating the song’s music itself.”
He continued: “You can find vocal patterns that are catchy and meaningful to the song without just being cheesy about it and singing for the sake of not screaming. We’re always trying to be better songwriters, and just continue to evolve and make songs that don’t sound like the last song we wrote.”