Mudvayne Finds Success Playing Without Rules
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Here are a few excerpts from an article from Reuters.com on Mudvayne playing without rules in what they do:
During a telephone conversation with Billboard, Mudvayne drummer Matt McDonough makes this pronouncement:
"I have to file my official disclaimer," he says. "At some point in this interview, and it's probably already happened, I have told you at least one lie."
McDonough's comment isn't as straightforward as it seems, and that's exactly his point.
"It's important to remember that there are no rules," he explains. "There is no right answer to a question in an interview. There's no right way to write a song. There's no rules for what we're doing. As an artist, I think it's exciting for us as a band to explore and to have the freedom to go into the space, to turn the lights on and to look around."
Indeed, the metal band prefers keeping things open-ended so people can draw their own conclusions about its music on its new Epic set, "Lost and Found," which was released April 12. (A CD/DVD DualDisc of the album was released simultaneously.) Even though such plain-spoken lyrics as "There's no voice in freedom" or "Turn off the radio/turn off the TV" seem to be direct mandates, McDonough and vocalist Chad Gray say that isn't the case.
"We don't want to tell people what anything's about, really. I think it takes something away from the listener," Gray says. "Like handing you a box wrapped up and telling you what's in it before you open it."
McDonough adds, "We have enough respect for our audience to give them the opportunity to think for themselves. We've never wanted to think of ourselves as being arrogant enough to know or to think that we could tell people what they should be thinking about or what they should assume songs are about. We leave it ambiguous."
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