Rick Florino of ARTISTdirect recently conducted an interview with Rob Zombie. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
ARTISTdirect: Is this new record going to be another heavy one?
Rob: Yeah, that’s what we’re going to do. Usually, we don’t really have a focus when we make a record. We go in and start writing songs, and it goes where it’s going to go. We let it go that way. This time, we sort of made a pack that we’re going to make a heavy record on purpose and stick to that goal. We have been. We have a lot of songs that aren’t 100 percent finished but they’re pretty far along. We just want to make a dark, heavy, weird record and stick to that idea. If something comes up that isn’t, we won’t finish it. We’ll stick to the plan. You may say that when you start recording. Then other songs start happening that don’t really fit that and you go with it. This time, we’re really going to stay on task.
ARTISTdirect: Lyrically, will everything weave together?
Rob: I haven’t even really started them yet it’s so early in the process. I don’t really get into the lyrical part of the record until the songs are fairly far along. I never have. It’s always the way I’ve done it for some reason.
ARTISTdirect: Can we expect those big grooves on the new album?
Rob: Definitely! That’s another great feature with Ginger [Fish, ex-MARILYN MANSON] on drums. He’s a phenomenal drummer. I didn’t know how fucking good he was. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves. His strong point is his groove playing, which is great. That’s really what we like to do. A lot of drummers can’t do that well. They can do other things, but you either have that or you don’t. He’s really good at that. There are certain songs we’ve played for years that have never quite sounded right. A song like “More Human Than Human” has a repetitive groove. If you don’t really get the groove down, the song can be really monotonous to listen to and he nailed it. That’s a really great feature.
Read the entire interview from ARTISTdirect.