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Chatting with Metal Insider, Brann pointed out that the effort won't be a concept album, explaining how Mastodon became almost predictable as "that band that does crazy concept albums and 15-minute-long songs."
Focusing on the record's vibe, the drummer added, "Since this record is coming out in the summer, it's a mover and shaker. We want it to be present at every 15-year-old's party in the woods. Like when I used to go to a party in the woods, whatever just came out in the summer was the soundtrack for it, and it was some of the best time of our lives. You know what I mean?"
Still not writing off the idea of releasing a winter EP with some of the darker material that won't make it on the new record, Dailor switched to the matter of radio, calling it "pretty much dead" these days.
"Radio is dead pretty much. I mean it's not dead, it's just not like it used to be," he said. "It used to be, if a band had a Top 5 radio hit they were a huge band. You could count on that, it would equal that. The same with MTV if they had a video that got big on MTV then the band became huge. Those were sure things and that doesn't exist anymore. You have bands that are top five in the radio and they can't sell any tickets."