Zoiks! Online recently conducted an interview with Clint Lowery (SEVENDUST, DARK NEW DAY, CALL ME NO ONE, HELLO DEMONS MEET SKELETONS). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Zoiks! Online: I’m really excited this new project you’re working on with Morgan [Rose, SEVENDUST drummer], CALL ME NO ONE. Can you tell us a little bit about how that’s going?
Clint: Yeah, it’s crazy, because we’re still developing it ourselves. It’s not really a heavy record, but it’s not a light record like the HDMS (HELLO DEMONS MEET SKELETONS) stuff I do. It’s somewhere in the middle. Some of the songs are pretty progressive, some of the songs are just rock. It all has a dark spooky twist to it; kind of NINE INCH NAILS meets FOO FIGHTERS. It’s cool. We’re still putting it together; we have about eight songs musically right now that we’ve tracked. We’re going to try for about four more. We only have 30 days to do this whole record, to write it, track it and mix it. It’s really unheard of to get this much work done. We have an idea of what we want to do, we’re under a lot of pressure, but it’s coming together nicely.
Zoiks! Online: How did the project come about?
Clint: Morgan and I just, for years, loved talking about different directions and things we couldn’t do in SEVENDUST. I hate to say it like this, but there is a ceiling with what we can do as SEVENDUST. We’ve done so many records; with that particular formula, there is only a certain amount you can do, musically. There is nothing wrong with that. There is a lot fulfillment within SEVENDUST and that whole process. We all love each other, the guys are great, the music is fun and the energy is really good. We felt like it was time to explore a little bit beyond SEVENDUST. I’ve always wanted to go and do a record and Morgan showed a lot of interest in helping me. We just decided to partner up. We’re going to try and make a band out of it and make a go at it while we have some down time in SEVENDUST. We’re not trying to set any expectations; we’re just trying to make a good record.
Zoiks! Online: I was reading your blog entry last week and I loved the reason behind calling this project CALL ME NO ONE. Could you tell our readers what made you decide to call the project CALL ME NO ONE?
Clint: It’s about humility. I’ve always been the kind of guy that’s in the background on things. There’s always been a Lajon [Witherspoon, SEVENDUST vocalisst] or a Brett [Hestla, DARK NEW DAYS] or singers like that. I see myself as a pretty regular person and that is basically what the name is, CALL ME NO ONE. At the end of the day, it’s about the humility of it and the mystery of it. I’m a very human singer.
Zoiks! Online: SEVENDUST is planning on getting back into the writing mode around June. The rumor is this could be the last album for SEVENDUST. Do you think this will be it for SEVENDUST?
Clint: I don’t know; there’s always a chance for that. There was a chance for that after the second record. We don’t take that lightly. It’s a decision we’ll want to make as a band and end on our own terms. I think the train of thought is based around that. If we do go out, we want to go out on our own terms. Realistically, looking at stuff like, we’ll do another record in June, that’s two more years of touring. There’s certain guys with families; all of us have kids. It’s one of those things we’re trying to be realistic about. We don’t want to say it’s our last one, but there is a chance that it could be. If it is, we want to end it on our own terms. It’s not like we’d leave because we have to.
Read the entire interview from Zoiks! Online.
Zoiks! podcast featuring interview with Clint Lowery (audio; interview begins around 48-minute mark):