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COC Guitarist Woody Weatherman On Making Of New Album "In The Arms Of God"

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Woody Weatherman, guitarist for Corrosion of Conformity, recently spoke with Quad-City Times Newspaper about the making of their album "In the Arms of God." Here are several excerpts from the article:

Corrosion of Conformity guitarist Woody Weatherman describes the making of his band’s stunningly pointed new album, “In the Arms of God,” the same way a 7-year-old might talk about a baby tooth.

“It just fell out,” he said from a tour stop in Connecticut.

The effortlessness that he and the rest of the decade-old North Carolina four-piece encountered when they convened to record their first album in five years was unexpected. All of the time away from the recording studio, coupled with a drastically changed world from the one they were living in when they made the last record gave lead singer Pepper Keenan more fire to play with.

“With Keenan, he’s coming from a different time and place. The world’s a different place. Everything’s a little scarier and I think a lot of these songs reflect that,” Weatherman said.

“That’s the true Corrosion of Conformity fashion,” Weatherman said. “We take giant leaps. If (our fans) weren’t expecting a surprise, they should have.”

Many of the songs initially came to be as ideas hatched at Weatherman’s farmstead. They were then recorded uninhibitedly at the crumbling practice space — the “dingy hole-in-the-wall with mold growing on the wall” — that Corrosion’s had since the 1980s.

“I’ve got a place out there that’s half a farm. I don’t have any llamas or anything. It’s a little ways out. For me, it’s in the country. It inspires everyone once in a while,” Weatherman said. “We recorded the entire record at our practice space. It was the first time we’ve ever done that. When people record demos and then record their album in a studio, a lot of times people will say, ‘I kind of like the demo tape version better.’

“We just kind of did that. It’s raw and it’s real. We used all the same equipment we use live. Those amps that we play with every night are the same amps that are on the record.“

Source: Quad-City Times

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