Dave Mustaine: 'People Misinterpret Stuff So Pathetically'
Megadeth mainman also discusses the importance of not making too complicated music, calling the band "predictably unpredictable."
Posted on May 30, 2013 03:21 pm
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine recently discussed the way his statements tend to be misinterpreted by the public, focusing on one of his interviews in which he described the upcoming record "Super Collider" as similar to Megadeth's debut effort "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good."
During a chat with Full Metal Jackie, the frontman recalled the time when bassist David Ellefson made such a comparison and the way fans reacted.
"The funny thing is that people misinterpret stuff so pathetically, so badly," Mustaine said (via Loudwire). "David [Ellefson] was working on 'Dancing in the Rain' and he goes, 'This song reminds me of the first record because it sounds like 'Looking Down the Cross' a little bit' and so now everybody's saying, 'When I hear the record I disagree with David Ellefson, it doesn't sound like the first record' and it's like 'Dude you're misinterpreting what he said.'"
In case you aren't familiar with the first interview, it took place in January, once again on Full Metal Jackie show. Back then, Mustaine commented, "David Ellefson is one of those guys that are kind of the barometer of the band. You ask me, you never really know what you're gonna get, but when you ask David Ellefson, it's kind of like reading the ingredients on the back of something, 'cause he's such a straight shooter."He told some people the other day that this is music that's really similar to 'Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!,' some of the stuff - really dark, really heavy and fast stuff."
Singer/guitarist also discussed the importance of not making too complicated music, naming it as the problem numerous musicians are tangled up with. He also praised the "less is more" kind of approach, saying, "I remember one time hearing this advice somebody had given me and said that, 'A good song is beat, melody and ten simple words,' and I was like, 'God, I can't fit 10 simple words in a sentence let alone in a whole song,' but the point of it is it's like beat, melody 10 simple words, don't make it to complicated."
Mustaine continued, saying, "If you are going to make it complicated make it at least musical and I think theres a lot of bands out there I'm not going to say Megadeth was responsible for the prog-rock starting, I think that happened more with Genesis and stuff like that. As far as thinking man's metal and having a lot of twists and turns, we always liked doing that stuff and I think if every song had that it would become predictable and you would know what you're going to get."Megadeth is a predictably unpredictable band and you never really know what you're going to hear with the songs. You heard more songs than just about anybody off this record so far when we were making them and there were a lot of surprising tracks on there."
"Super Collider" is set to be unleashed on June 4 via Mustaine's own Universal-powered label Tradecraft. Previously announced with title track single and "Kingmaker" track, it will mark the fourteenth release in the band's catalogue.