MASTODON drummer Brann Dailor and bassist/singer Troy Sanders recently down with Roxwel's "UnCut" to talk about the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour, the new record and how the band was formed. The band also performs "Circle of Cysquatch" and "Capillarian Crest" live at the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival in San Antonio, Texas. Watch the footage below.
In a recent interview with MetalSucks, Troy Sanders stated about the group's forthcoming album, "I think most of our new material is going to be more under the rock category, but it's pretty epic and involved, extremely layered, broad, melodic, dark, and creepy. When we met up with [producere] Brendan [O'Brien], he had heard some of our demos and he liked some of the rock elements that we had with our stuff. We told him that we were interested in recording, quote, 'a classic rock record that will hopefully have a long shelf life and have solid songs from start to finish, and that will live a lot longer than just listening to it a few times and shelving it.' Our favorite records of all time that we always constantly revisit in our own collection are by bands like JOURNEY, YES, KING CRIMSON, FRANK ZAPPA, KANSAS, and all the shit that we grew up with and were inspired by and continue to revisit. We kind of wanted to attempt to capture a record like that, [at least] in our eyes and ears. The stars had aligned perfectly because Brendan's a perfect match, a funny dude and a great musician who has an amazing ear. He can pick out little things that we can try to do that we hadn't even thought of before, whether it be vocally or sonically with the guitars or something. So it is going to be more of a rock kind of Count Chocula-meets-DEEP PURPLE thing. That's kind of what we're saying. We finish that record in September. There's currently not a title, other song titles aren't confirmed, and that's all we can really say about that record now because we're not going to spoil the element of mystery."