When she finally shows herself
I thought it was kind of a reference to being a frog on a lily pad, like you’re in your own space doing your own thing. I could be wrong.
Does anybody really know what Brent is saying? I don’t think Brent even knows.
The Making of Emperor of Sand, Part IX
Happy weekend! Just for a bit of fun, check out this quiz that tells you which Mastodon album you are :P
Mastodon poster for the 2016 Arena Vienna show, created by Michael Hacker. If you love this as much as I do, check out the other colour options at his shop :)
Mastodon bassist-vocalist, Troy Sanders, counts Alice in Chains among his favorite bands and he discusses how the death struck him.
“He was easily one of the most unique vocalists and lyricists ever of all-time. It’s a total bum out and I can’t believe it’s been 15 years.”
He also credits Alice in Chains for sticking around and forging ahead after Staley’s death, and recalls one of his favorite tours ever with Mastodon joining Alice in Chains and Deftones on the “Black Diamond Skye” tour.
Guitarist Bill Kelliher digs more into the music that Staley made with the band, explaining, “There’s something really special about Layne Staley’s vocals, especially with Jerry Cantrell. It was an eerie, almost premonitional lyrics with a lot of his songs. Listening back now after he’s passed away, it’s like ‘Man in a Box,’ it’s almost spooky.” Kelliher counts himself as a fan of the group and adds, “The world really lost a true amazing singer that day.”
Neurosis front man Scott Kelly is often referred to as the fifth member of Mastodon, considering that he has contributed to every Mastodon album save for the first two, Call of the Mastodon and Remission. Brann’s lyrical style was highly influenced by Scott’s - heavy reliance on mood-setting and an almost Ezra Pound style of imagism figured heavily in early Mastodon lyrics and still figure heavily in Neurosis’ lyrical content as well.
Two years ago I attended a Neurosis show in Atlanta that Brann also went to, and he told me something that has stuck with me ever since: “When I was a kid, I would see those televangelist shows where people were putting up their hands and crying and I didn’t understand why. When I first heard Neurosis, I understood”. How Scott Kelly (and Steve von Till and Dave Edwardson for that matter) managed to bring out feelings of animistic spirituality in heathens like Brann or my self is still a mystery, but it happens nonetheless.
If you are not already familiar with Neurosis, I suggest starting with 1995′s Through Silver in Blood or 1999′s Times of Grace, which are in my opinion their two strongest albums. After wading a while in Neurosis’ music, branch out into Scott Kelly’s acoustic country/Americana music, as well as side-projects such as Shrinebuilder and Corrections House.
Bill Kelliher (Mastodon) and Josh Homme
Mastodon on Kimmel
Agreed. When they said that Bill had no shortage of riffs, they weren’t joking. I’m still really partial to Andromeda for that reason.
“Show Yourself” live on Jimmy Kimmel!
They are to varying degrees. If you’re at a show, Brann is always your best bet for a friendly encounter. He’s the most decidedly extroverted member of the band and loves hearing fans’ stories about how Mastodon has impacted their lives. Brann also has a photographic memory, so if you’ve met him before he will definitely remember you the next time you see each other.
Troy is also a big sweetheart, like a human version of a Saint Bernard. Gives great hugs, almost always takes photos with fans, and he usually smells really good and has a soothing speaking voice to boot. Nowadays he’s really preoccupied with family so he might not be as outgoing as he was in the past, but he still likes fan attention.
Bill (as noted in the last message) is the “quiet Beatle” of Mastodon and is kind of reserved. He might seem standoffish at first, but if you approach him the right way h e’ll talk with you. Talk to him about gear if you’re a musician - he loves that. Talk to him about old school punk and he’ll like you even more. Don’t use flash when taking pictures.
Brent is a bit of a wildcard. On some days you might get “nice” Brent, where he’ll come up and hug you and take a million silly pictures with you. Other days you might get “fuck off” Brent who will act like you don’t exist or hurl some kind of explicative in your general direction. I’ve encountered both of these Brents and you never know which one you’re going to get.