Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, who is a member of the veteran Canadian group Voivod and a myriad of projects for his Chophouse label, presents his latest, surprisingly bluesy/psychedelic outfit Heard Of Elements.
Newsted (who handles bass, keyboard and vocal duties) is joined by slide guitarist Roy Rogers and drummer Carl Coletti (best-known for his work with flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert). Instead of releasing an album, the trio has begun posting songs on the Chophouse web site.
"There's psychedelic stuff going on," Newsted tells Billboard.com. "There's the obvious elements of each of the players 'forte.' I think it's very refreshing kind of music. All the stuff you hear is just us playing from the floor -- there are no overdubs or things like that."
Newsted says that while no touring plans have been discussed for the band, they wouldn't be opposed to the odd live gig. "I wouldn't want to say never on anything like that, because it's fun to turn people's heads around with something like that," he says. "But we only have about 25 minutes of solid music of our own -- we could pull together a couple of covers or something like that and make a set for someone. If it presents itself, we'd look at it for sure."
Also upcoming will be a new Voivod studio album via The End label, which Newsted says will hopefully be out early next year. "It's the most complete demos I've ever been involved in," he says. "(Voivod singer) Snake has already chosen his effects -- exact timing of milliseconds for delay. We've had a long time to develop the demos, so there's about 23 or 25 songs that are absolutely listenable right now."
Find more in Greg Prato's article at Reuters.