Scott Ian of ANTHRAX and Joe Trohman of FALL OUT BOY recently spoke to MTV News about THE DAMNED THINGS — their collaborative project with Andy Hurley (FALL OUT BOY),Rob Caggiano (ANTHRAX) and Keith Buckley (EVERY TIME I DIE),Josh Newton (EVERY TIME I DIE).
"It's gratifying," Trohman stated about the fans' reaction to the new group. "I love the band and love the record, and everybody else in the band loves the band and loves the record, and that's, first and foremost, the most important thing to me. And we all have made music in the past partly for ourselves and partly for other people, so it's nice to see people digging it whether they want to or not. ... I'm actually happy to see that there's people that really, really like it, or don't like it, because of the fact that we're able to invoke some sort of strong feeling. It's a good thing, I think."
According to Trohman and Ian, THE DAMNED THINGS will remain, for the foreseeable future at least, their main focus.
"We've got tours lined up to the summer at this point — actually, options and opportunities to do stuff worldwide all the way through October. And that's obviously what we're hoping for. We were hoping we'd make a record that would stand on its own and not be about, like, 'Well, let's just book this band because it's these guys from this band and these guys from this band,'" Ian said. "It's really been about the record. The record's been the driving force. If anything, with the success of [first single] '[We've Got a] Situation [Here]' on the radio, it's been more about that than even who's in the band anymore, and that's kind of what we've been hoping for, and that's why we get to go on tour, and that's why we'll keep playing shows. ... Really, when it comes down to it, nobody really cares who's in the band if you make a crappy record."
"We've Got A Situation Here", the first video from THE DAMNED THINGS, can be viewed below. The clip was written and directed by Brendon Small, the co-creator of Adult Swim's "Metalocalypse".
THE DAMNED THINGS will release its debut album, "Ironiclast", in North America on December 14 (one day earlier internationally) via Island/Def Jam.
"Ironiclast" track listing:
01. Handbook For The Recently Deceased
02. Bad Blood
03. Friday Night (Going Down In Flames)
04. We've Got A Situation Here
05. Black Heart
06. A Great Reckoning
07. Little Darling
09. Grave Robber
10. Blues Having The Blues
Check out the song "Little Darling" using the audio player below.
THE DAMNED THINGS will perform on the Thursday, January 13 episode of ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (which will actually air the morning of Friday, January 14).
THE DAMNED THINGS is:
Keith Buckley: Lead Vocals
Scott Ian: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Rob Caggiano: Rhythm, Lead Guitar, Vocals
Joe Trohman: Rhythm, Lead Guitar, Vocals
Andy Hurley: Drums, Percussion
Josh Newton: Bass