STONE SOUR is planning on releasing two more covers EPs to follow “Meanwhile In Burbank…”, a five-song “Record Store Day” exclusive EP featuring covers of legendary artists BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST and ALICE IN CHAINS. According to STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor, each of the follow-up EPs — which are titled“Straight Out Of Burbank” and “No Sleep ‘Till Burbank” — will contain five songs, and will feature covers of songs from such acts as BAD BRAINS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, VIOLENT FEMMESand RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.
During an appearance on the latest installment of HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta‘s official podcast, “The Jasta Show”, Taylor said about “Meanwhile In Burbank…”: “It’s pretty cool the way we’re doing it. We’re doing the exclusive ‘Record Store day’ [release]. And I know there’s plans to release it later — I’m not sure when — just to kind of build a buzz around it. It’s kind of jumped out of our hands, which is pretty sweet. We were just kind of doing this to kind of fill in some blanks and have some fun and do whatever. There’s obviously the little bit of negativity where everybody’s just, like, ‘Oh, well, they’re doing covers. They’re over.’ And it’s, like, that’s not exactly why we’re doing it, assholes. So just settle down and go back to your troll den and figure it out.”
Asked if there are any plans for STONE SOUR to film videos for any of the songs on“Meanwhile In Burbank…” or to release the tracks to radio, Taylor said: “I don’t know… We’re kind of letting it happen organically. If people wanna play it, they can; if they don’t, they don’t have to. For us, I mean, our obligation just kind of stops with putting it out, ’cause we wanna put it out. We just wanna share some of these songs that we grew up loving, and we just kind of wanna pay homage to the bands that got us into music in the first place. It’s, like, we do a cover of ‘We Die Young’ on this. ALICE IN CHAINS is one of my favorite all-time bands, and I love that song. So we wanted to do that tune. And it’s the same withMETALLICA, it’s the same with JUDAS PRIEST.”
Regarding what fans can expect from “Straight Out Of Burbank” and “No Sleep ‘Till Burbank”, Taylor said: “The next [collection of covers], just to give you a little hint, it’s got everything from BAD BRAINS to MÖTLEY CRÜE on it. And then the third one is gonna probably have everything from VIOLENT FEMMES to RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE.”
Corey also spoke in more detail about STONE SOUR‘s cover version of an as-yet-undiclosedVIOLENT FEMMES song which he called “one of my favorites.” He said: “We’ve got some great ideas for it. We’re gonna give it our own little spin — kind of like what we did on [our cover of the] METAL CHURCH [song ‘The Dark’], but not as heavy. But we’re just gonna do our thing and give it almost an AC/DC kind of vibe, really give it a rock vibe, ’cause that tune’s got that kind of spirit to it.”
He continued: “We’re just having fun with it. Huge chords… [We’re going to] really play with a lot of the crazy musical stuff that’s going on in it.”
On its last North American tour, STONE SOUR played a different cover every night, includingMETALLICA‘s “Creeping Death”, KISS‘ “Love Gun”, JUDAS PRIEST‘s “Heading Out To The Highway” and PETER GABRIEL‘s “In Your Eyes”.
Guitarist Christian Martucci joined STONE SOUR in late 2013 as the replacement for Jim Root, who was fired from the group after deciding he wanted to sit out the band’s last tour in order to start work on the next album from SLIPKNOT, of which he is also a member.