In the August 2015 issue of Guitar Player magazine, MASTODON‘s Brent Hinds offered his thoughts on his band being lumped in with all the other “heavy metal” groups.
“I never really liked heavy metal in the first place,” he said. “I came from Alabama playing country music, surf rock, rockabilly, and stuff like that. I just went through a phase in my 20s where I thought it was rebellious to play heavy metal. And then I met Brann [Dailor, MASTODON drummer] and Bill [Kelliher, MASTODON guitarist], and they were really, really, really into heavy metal. And ever since then, I’ve been trying to get MASTODON to not be such a heavy metal band, because I fucking hate heavy metal, and I don’t want to be in a heavy metal band.”
Hinds also seemed less than excited at the prospect of handling interview chores for the band, telling the magazine: “It would be nice if magazines and all interviews would just go fall off the face of the earth along with all the cigarette smoke and all the other fucking things I hate in life. I don’t like doing interviews, I don’t read interviews, I don’t need to know how people go about doing things. It frustrates me to do interviews, because I have to talk about things I’ve talked about over and over and over and over again. So, no, there’s nothing that we can talk about that involved MASTODON that I’ll get excited about. After 15 years of doing this every fucking day of my life, the last thing I want to do is talk about doing it.”
MASTODON‘s latest album, “Once More ‘Round The Sun”, sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 24, 2014 via Reprise Records.
“Once More ‘Round The Sun” was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz, who is known for his work with RUSH, DEFTONES, FOO FIGHTERS and ALICE IN CHAINS.