Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor gave an interesting hint that the band might follow their upcoming new album with a winter EP, switching from the "amped" vibe of the summer record straight into the "gloom and doom" domain.
Chatting with Spin, Brann said that "big things" have happened to Mastodon in the past year. Although the drummer didn't delve into the personal nature of "big things," writing a record based on personal events is not something new for Mastodon - "The Hunter" focused on the accidental death of guitarist Brent Hinds' brother, and "Crack the Skye" was named after Brann's younger sister Skye, who committed suicide at the age of 14.
"I feel like this record is a return to the more visceral exploration of, I don't know, exorcising demons," Dailor explained. "It's dark and it's creepy. It's that tool that we're able to use to somewhat better ourselves and make sure that we don't lose it."
Discussing the atmosphere band's been creating, the drummer referred to Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "The Shining," as well as Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby."
Noting that the new album is nearly done, Brann brought up the winter EP idea. "It's gonna be a summer release, so I feel like it needs to be amped," he said. "I don't feel like it needs to be slow, and doom and gloom. That's a winter album. We were actually talking about that earlier, like, 'Why don't we take some of the stuff that's really moody and slow and do, like, a winter EP?'"
The drummer continued by discussing the fresh material. "We have a few really kickass rock'n'roll songs on here," he said. "We have the metal, the heavy-heavy. We have the totally whacked-out and bizarre. And then we have the super-hooky, big-chorus stuff that's still bizarre and still Mastodon - but it's super catchy. It's wild, all over the place. There's a lot of variety."
The lucky interviewer even got the chance to hear three rough mixes of the new songs, tentatively titled "Tread Lightly," "Buzzard's Guts" and "Scent of Bitter Almonds." Finally, Brann singled out the tune called "Aunt Lisa" as the "the craziest song on the record" and a dedication to his "wild" aunt.
Dailor has previously noted that we're up for a "party record," so expect to spend your summer cranking up the new Mastodon to 11.