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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mastodon's Brann Dailor on Ditching the Concept Album and Assembling the Most Kick-Ass Metal Tour of the Fall

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Did ditching the concept-album idea allow for more lyric writing by other band members?

Yeah, it ended up being that way. I guess I finish my drum tracks first. Then, while everybody else is layering guitars and doing stuff all sorts of like that, I try to squeak out as many lyrics as I can. Me and Brent and Troy pretty much take care of all the lyrics. Sometimes I've got a couple of verses that I wrote for one song and then Brent will have a couple of verses as well, and the same with Troy. We'll write in completely different mindframes and at completely different times. It's just really whoever comes up with stuff first, you know? I don't want to say we were in a rush, even though we were in a rush. I think that's good for us, because we sort of work well under pressure. If it wasn't right, we wouldn't have put it out.

Having played Crack the Skye in its entirety live for so long, does playing songs out of context feel strange?

No. We're only doing a couple of songs off of Crack the Skye. We do "Ghost of Karelia" and the title track. This tour is more uptempo stuff. We just bust ass through the whole set. It's a roll-up-your-sleeve, working man's set. There's 22 songs in the setlist, and all of them are pretty crushing. The crowd goes nuts.

The support bands Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang make this tour -- for me, anyway -- the can't miss metal show of the fall, if not the whole year. Did you guys hand-pick the bands?

Yeah, we picked them. Dillinger Escape Plan we have a really long history with, especially myself and Bill. Our old band Today Is the Day played with Dillinger and met them back in '97 or '98 when they first got together. So we've been friends with them since then. It's just Ben [Weinman, DEP guitarist and founder] from the original members at the moment. They took us [Mastodon] out on tour in 2001 when Remission had just come out. We opened up for Darkest Hour and Dillinger. We went around the country a couple of times with those guys and have been really good friends for a really long time. It's the perfect choice, you know? They were available to do it and excited about doing it. We want to have our buddies out there. That's part of it. We play for an hour and a half and there's 22-and-a-half more hours in the day, so it's good to be surrounded by people that you know and you care about that are friends.

Red Fang, I've only met those guys once or twice, and they're just a kick-ass, heavy rock band. The three bands together make perfect sense. If anybody was on the fence about seeing us, I think having bands like Red Fang and Dillinger makes it worth the outrageous ticket prices [laughs].


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