Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo spoke with Rolling Stone about the upcoming Dead Cross album. Find out what they had to say here.
With the Dead Cross still a few months away, Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo have begun talking about their debut album with Rolling Stone (where they also dropped one of their upcoming songs “Grave Slave“.
Here are the best bits of the interview:
Patton – on being in a hardcore-punk band at almost 50:
Let’s be honest, being in a band like this at almost 50 years old is a little comical, I’m not some young tough guy trying to prove a point anymore. For me to make a record like this, it’s entirely a musical adventure. I just think it’s fun, and it makes me smile and laugh a lot.
On how Patton remembers being asked to join after hearing nothing about releasing the album on his label, Ipecac Recordings:
My jaw dropped, I was like, ‘Who, me? Hmm …’ And I think it took like all of 30 seconds, but in a sarcastic way, I’m like, ‘Yeah, of course. I can do this. Are you sure you want me?’
So I kind of second-guessed him a little bit. And he said, ‘Man, you’d be our dream vocalist.’ And then it was just a matter of logistics. I decided to record it here in my basement, which is fitting. It shouldn’t sound too polished.
Lombardo – on Patton recording hardcore vocals:
At two in the morning, he’d email a song, and we’d listen to it and be floored. It’s Patton singing hardcore. He’s dabbled in it, but not in this capacity. I don’t know what the hardcore community is going to do with all this information.
Patton – on being a ‘traditional’ hardcore album:
It is very pointed, direct and visceral. Like, I wasn’t going to play keyboards, add samples or any kind of orchestration. It was like, ‘Yo, just go for it.’ In some ways, it reminded me of stuff that we had collectively all grown up with and loved when we were like teenagers – bands like the Accüsed, Deep Wound or Siege, stuff that was just brutal, uncompromising and right to the point. I was listening to all those bands again before this came to be, so it was already back infused in my blood. And now I got a chance to do a pencil-in-your-eye record.
Patton – on the song ‘Grave Slave‘ and singing about a ‘pistolero’:
This could be about a gunslinger or drug dealer at the border – a cartel. The other guys in the band come from Southern California, and I’ve spent a lot of time in San Diego, so pistoleros are a part of our lives. It’s a huge point of contention with our new president, so I thought it was a cool topic.
Patton – on the song ‘Shillelagh‘:
It reminded me of a time I had trouble in Ireland with a bunch of skinheads maybe 20 years ago. After a show, I got chased down and one of the guys had one of these things – or at least I thought he did – and they were also weirdly homophobic, like, ‘Faggot, blah, blah, blah.’
Those things stick with you, but I’ve got no bad blood. It’s no big deal. I just love the idea of a walking stick that can be used to beat someone up. The song is done with humor.
Patton – on the reception of the album so far:
“It’s funny, the few people that I’ve played the record for, I’m like, ‘Hey, what do you think of this thing I’m doing now? It’s really funny, right?’ And they’re like, ‘Funny? Jesus Christ, this is brutal.’ I almost consider it like a vacation. It’s fun. But different friends keep saying, ‘Holy shit, this is not old school. This is something else. Patton, you’ve done something great here!’ I’m like, ‘Oh, OK. I did not know that.’ So everyone’s got a warped perception of what normal and weird is, I guess, is my point. None of them compete with me.
And finally Lombardo opinion on the current Metal Scene:
Metal bands have discovered a formula. It’s very difficult to find things that are inspiring, at least in metal. I’ve heard it all before. Maybe that comes with age, seniority, but it’s like, ‘I know what’s coming now. There’s the breakdown, there’s the verse, there’s the chorus.’ Don’t’ get me wrong, there’s a lot of great talent out there, but a lot of people follow formulas that stifle their creativity and it becomes mundane.
You can read the full Rolling Stone interview here.