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Stone Sour Guitarist: "We're Looking To Do Way Bigger Business With This Record"

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Morley Seaver of antiMUSIC recently conducted an interview with STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

antiMUSIC: You've secured [producer] Nick Raskulinecz for the [new] record. What made you choose him?

Josh Rand: "For me, it was just when I talked to him. I just felt comfortable with him. And for myself who's new to have somebody come in and actually like become a member of the family… I spent a lot of time demoing. I do a lot of writing. And to have somebody come in and say, 'Can you change this or that?' is really interesting. But for some reason with him, when we were making a decision, I just felt super-comfortable with him. And what he's done…his previous work. The stuff with VELVET REVOLVER and of course with the FOO FIGHTERS speaks volumes, you know. So it was a no-brainer for us."

antiMUSIC: What is the songwriting process like in STONE SOUR? Considering Corey [Taylor, vocals] is usually involved with other things, I would imagine you guys write on your own and bring back finished songs minus lyrics whenever you reconvene. Is that right? Or do you write together?

Josh Rand: "We don't write together. The first record, I pretty much did all the music. Corey did all the vocals. On this record, however, everybody was involved in one way or another. Basically I wrote all the heavier stuff. Corey wrote all the vocals. Jim [Root, guitar] wrote several songs. Shawn [Economaki, bass] wrote a song and actually one song was written off Shawn's drum beat. So everybody has contributed to this record. Everybody writes by themselves. For myself, I write all the music and what I think the arrangement should be. Then I'll turn it over to Corey. He might make some changes and then I'll bring it to the group, if I think it's good. Then it'll grow from there because everybody will add their own little thing to it."

antiMUSIC: The last record went gold. Were the other guys concerned that the public was getting the wrong impression of what the band was all about from the success of "Bother", or that it was just the Corey Taylor project?

Josh Rand: "Yeah, I totally agree with that. I think that we're still misunderstood. We're a band. We're not Corey's side project. We're a functioning band. We were around before SLIPKNOT. For Corey to step away from SLIPKNOT…for him, it's to show a different side of him. But there's more to us. We're not, you know, just a couple of buddies getting together to jam with some other guys and tour for a month. We're a serious band. We take it very seriously. So does our record company. We're looking to do way bigger business with this record. I honestly believe this material is way better. It's more mature. We were rushed the first time around. It was basically me and Corey just jamming. We did almost all those songs basically by ourselves. It started off being just two friends together and then all of a sudden it became this other thing. The next thing you know we're signing this record contract, recording the first record and things happened really quickly."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. madmetalman writes:

yes lets chang our music to make more money--pricks

# Mar 29, 2006 @ 1:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Metal Slug writes:

hehe, Corey Taylor is ugly as f***!!

# Mar 29, 2006 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. fuck all yall writes:

What The f*** Madmetalman. why would they bother to do music just so a few friends can listen. Uh No! Every band wants to have a full time job playing music and being Metallica rich, if not they are A: LYING, B: Stupid as sh** for bothering to buy all the equiptment just to make no one listen, and C: LYING . The music business is just that a business, how many records have you sold, how many arenas have you sold out. Do you even have a clue what it really takes to get an album mass produced enough so your dumbass gets to hear it. No band on this planet cares who you are until you buy their record. You dipsh**s that post about successful bands selling out would do it in a heartbeat and would probably have no problem cashing the front money and would be p***ed when you found out that after 6 months in a studio and all the editing and post production you sold 10000 copies but some snot nosed dipsh**s downloaded it 500000 times. Stop whining b****

# Mar 30, 2006 @ 8:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. RememberMetal? writes:

You're both missing eachothers points.....Though I can't speak for you so really I'm just guessing..

Selling out is when a band alters their sound so much that it scarcely resembles the bands initial sound....Isolating the bands initial fan base and bringing in a broader public with a less discerning ear and taste......

It's Kind of like giving a bands sound severe cosmetic surgery. Furthermore, the new sound is much more predictable(catchey) and is more broadly enjoyed by casual radio listeners...by becoming (pop)ular.....

Selling out can also entail channeling your bands music into the media as much as possible (see also media whores,payola, music videos etc.. ) to the point where lots of people almost HAVE to like the band because that cool brand new song is EVERYWHERE!!!...

Nickleback....were small taters when they started now those f***ers can't be avoided....They didn't really sell out either...they stayed the same they just wrote more power ballads....And for the record Nickleback is garbage....This band is already popular and had all the ingredients to be such from the get go.

Lets address bands that havent yet sold out and ones that have...

Pigdestroyer...Heres band that plays really heavy and ultra fast. They have no bassist and the singer sounds like he is actually losing his mind (listen to "Towering Flesh", "Soft Assassin" and "Verminess"....Jesus....)

For this band to become a commercially viable product they would have to inject vocal melody, slow way the hell down.... having choruses would help...Most of their songs clock in at under 2 minutes....sometimes 16 seconds...

Googoodolls.....These guys are a classic case of selling out....This band played some blazingly aggressive punk in the mid-late 80's...Then they got signed and slowed it down but remained mostly themselves...Eventually the smokey sounding bassist backed away from the mic and the crooner guitarist took over, they slowed down even more, discovered acoustic guitars and classical arrangements and pretty soon they had hits like "Name" "Iris" and "Slide".

That band did everything they could to push some variation of their primary sound and it never caught on, not widely or quickly enough for their label.......Even if critics liked them.....Their only way to keep their band alive was to conform to the market and really they only lucked out because a radio dj was looking for something new to spin and stumbled onto the Googoodolls.....Sometimes for some bands selling out is a neccessary evil.

It sounds to me like Stonesour just want to BIG like Godsmack...Sometimes loud, sometimes soft but custom made for radio....Which is pretty much what they already are.

Most bands want to make music that they actually want to hear. When they stray to far or grow or sellout or mature or whatever it is almost always toward the masses....They want to make a living off their music and it's really hard to be a band like Pig Destroyer and not have a day job....

# Mar 30, 2006 @ 11:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. spyderfang2006 writes:

you guys that dont like the bands then why do you have to talk sh** about them go somewere else f*** heads

# Apr 12, 2006 @ 11:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. psythe writes:

what saddens me the most is to see a post like the previous following one such as RM?'s. Can these people actually read, or what? You'd almost think it was cool and fashionable to write posts that overuse expletives and mean nothing to anybody, if you weren't smart. Almost...doesn't say a lot for the people that choose to do so, does it.

# Apr 13, 2006 @ 2:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Zos Kia Cultus writes:

...............yawn

fuel for the hate!!!

LOL. Stone Sour they really suck!

# Apr 13, 2006 @ 9:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. FUCKING MACHINE writes:

SLIPKNOT ROCKSSSSS.....AND WHO DONT LIKE SLIPKNOT DONT KNOW THE MEANING OF REAL HARDCORE MUSIC SO JUST GO AND f*** YOURSELF CUZZZZ SLIPKNOT ROCKSSS ;)

# Apr 23, 2006 @ 3:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. BLACKDOG writes:

post 8 YEAH WHAT YOU SAIDE !!! However RM is right and alot of band's are going to doing this soon.As stated previously.Music just like anything else run's in cycles concerning what is and is not popular.Hip Hop has been the top selling genre for the last 10 yrs.Before that it was Country & before that ROCK/GRUNGE/METAL.To make a long story short if your paying attention & a lot of you probably arent.It's ROCK/METAL's turn againe.Why do you think were seeing tour's like RATT/CINDERELLA or DEF LEPPARD/JOURNEY.Or POISON'S greatest hit's album selling like hot cakes in ETHIOPIA.That more melodic sound is on the rise againe love it or hate it.If this were not true A7X , CKY , H.I.M. would be virtually unknown and C&C probably would be something else entirely assumeing they existed at all.


Is it METAL well that's a matter of opinion.But are thing's about to change back to something similar to the day's of DOKKEN , MOTLEY CRUE & WHITE SNAKE or in other word's more melodic & blues driven.Well let's just say you were warned.

# Apr 23, 2006 @ 4:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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