June 26, 2003

SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. The Clown) recently spoke to about his new project TO MY SURPRISE, a trio he formed with some friends that features a drastically different musical style to the one practiced by his main outfit.

"Basically, I've been keeping in touch with the music side of myself," Crahan said. "The time off made me find my voice ... and I've been hurting for a long time for a musical voice for myself."

"It's a movement towards understanding myself and who I am," he added. "I'm in a serious place in my life, and things have changed. I've changed."

Crahan, singer Brandon Darner and guitarist/bassist Steven Robinson have finished recording an 11-song album at Los Angeles' Cello studios with producer Rick Rubin (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLAYER) for an October release through Roadrunner Records.

TO MY SURPRISE, who briefly called themselves THE ORNGE before settling on the current moniker, will likely drop a single and launch a tour to coincide with the album's release. "We're going down the route, but I'm not going through the usual gauntlet," Crahan said. "I'm not interested in the normal industry standards. I'm not going into this project with that sort of mentality. You're not going to see us on the road for 18 months just because that's what you're supposed to do. It doesn't interest me anymore."

When asked about the current status of SLIPKNOT, Crahan was surprisingly vague, offering only that "Personally, I haven't seen [the other guys in the band] in a long time. . . They're my brothers — I love each and every one of them. I don't know what else to say. I just know what's going on on this side. I'm working every day and refining my art."

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