Guitarist Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor of Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON stopped by the Rolling Stone studio recently to explain how they connected with Canadian singer-songwriter Feist to record a split single for Record Store Day, and why they cast aside the complicated structures and thematic framework of their previous records when they made their latest album, “The Hunter”.
“As soon as we decided to abandon the whole concept album, that opened up a whole new avenue for subject matter we had been wanting to use but didn’t fit into the confines of whatever particular concept we were working on,” says Dailor.
You can watch the interview below.
MASTODON will release a split seven-inch single with Feist to celebrate Record Store Day on April 21. This very exclusive and highly anticipated pressing features MASTODON covering the Feist song “A Commotion”, while Feist covers MASTODON‘s “Black Tongue”.
In a recent interview with Sweden’s Metalshrine, MASTODON drummer Brann Dailor explained how the single idea came about. “We did [the BBC television show ‘Later… With Jools Holland’], and right after we got off stage, we went backstage and and we were in the hallway with [Feist], and she was talking to [MASTODON vocalist/guitarist] Brent [Hinds]. They were involved in a conversation and were just like, ‘Yeah, let’s do that! We should do it for Record Store Day!’ Something out of left field and something we’d like to be involved with more of.”
He added, “It’s fun for us. I mean, most times we end up doing covers of bands that are already sort of heavy or that is already in that vein, like the MELVINS, THIN LIZZY, METALLICA, you know what I mean? What are you gonna do to those songs to make them your own? It’s kinda difficult and especially with stuff like METALLICA or the MELVINS where we’re so kinda familiar and in love with the versions that METALLICA and the MELVINS and THIN LIZZY have created, you wanna make it sound like theirs because that’s what you’re so used to hearing. You don’t really wanna mess with it. With Feist, it’s something that we could really play with and do something different with.”
The cover artwork for the MASTODON and Feist split seven-inch single can be seen below.
About Record Store Day: Record Store Day is managed by the Music Monitor Network and is organized in partnership with the Alliance Of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition Of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.
Record Store Day takes place annually on the third Saturday of April.