An Interview with Mushroomhead's Waylon, Jeffrey Nothing, and St1tch
On November 26th, 2008 Mushroomhead kicked off their North American tour to promote their latest DVD "Mushroomhead Volume 2" at The Rock in Tucson, Arizona. I caught up with Waylon, Jeffrey Nothing, and St1tch after the show for a Metal Underground exclusive interview regarding their new album and other projects involving members of Mushroomhead.
Blindgreed1: Will this next album be produced and engineered by Mushroomhead as you did with your previous releases?
Waylon: Yes, we will probably do this one ourselves again because it gives us the ability to control the entire process and with the problems other bands have had recently, we think it's best to stick with the same process.
Blindgreed1: Speaking of problems with production, have you heard the new Metallica album "Death Magnetic?" And what did you think about it?
Waylon: I didn't like it. I'm glad they tried to get back to where they came from, but it seems to me like they've forgotten who they were. They're not hungry like they used to be and it shows in their music. I think the production could have been better too, but at the end of the day, they're not supermen - they just wrote some songs and I think they showed that with this latest album.
Blindgreed1: What stage of the process are you guy's in right now for the new album?
Waylon: Right now we are just writing. I've written a lot and Jeffrey has written a lot but we haven't gotten to the demo stage yet. Once we get to the point of demo-ing we will slam everything together and collaborate on a finished product.
Blindgreed1: Savior Sorrow was a mixture of several slow songs and some really hard hitting heavy songs. What can we expect from the new album?
Jeffrey Nothing: This album is going to be heavier than the last one and it will go in a completely different direction.
Waylon: I think our fans trust us to make a heavier album and a more proven album. This will be an album that Mushroomhead has never made before. You won't be able to compare it to anthing before this one.
Blindgreed1: Last year Jeffrey Nothing appeared in a movie called "The Rage," directed by Robert Kurtzman. Are there any more plans for you to pursue a career in acting in the future?
Jeffrey Nothing: That movie was shot on the same set as our video for "12 Hundred." There has been some talk from the movie/video crew (Dead Matter) about filming "The Rage 2" and including all of the members of Mushroomhead in a scene where vultures attack us on our tour bus, but I don't know. It's up to them. I would like to do more cinnematic work, but I think it was just a matter of convenience.
Blindgreed1: Although there is a lot of excitement concerning the new album, I know that some of the members of Mushroomhead have also been working hard on some side projects. What are the side projects and when can we see some of those efforts come to fruition?
Jeffrey Nothing: Skinny and I have been working with Farrett Proon and the first bass player (Mr. Murdernickel) from Mushroomhead on a project called "Nothing." We expect to release the debut album, "The New Psychdalia," in late March to early April. You can get more information at Jeffrey Nothing's myspace page.
St1tch: I've been working on a project called Ventana with Matt Foran (vocal), Daniel Fox (drums), John Sustar(studio bass) and Kyle Kotarski (studio guitars). Our first album, "American Survival Guide Vol. 1," which was co-produced by Skinny, dropped earlier this week. The origional release date was slightly delayed because the duplication company was running behind schedule. You can find more information on their myspace page: myspace.com/ventanaband.
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