Brann sug­gests new al­bum work to start in 2019

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Brann Dailor has re­vealed that Mastodon have an eye on fol­low­ing up last year’s Em­peror of Sand.

In an in­ter­view with Con­se­quence in Sound, Dailor com­mented that ideas are be­ing thrown around for a new Mastodon al­bum and se­ri­ous work could start early in 2019.

“We’re al­ways a work in progress, try­ing to fig­ure out what we’re go­ing to do next,” he says. “We’re let­ting the ideas just come and set­ting them to the side for fu­ture work, and once in a while just sort of say­ing out loud what those ideas might be – whether they’re col­lected on­stage when we’re do­ing sound­check or if they are some­thing that gets worked on back­stage.

“Once we get home and de­com­press from the ‘Em­peror Of Sand’ tour cy­cle, some­time early next year, we’ll start dump­ing out the riffs and see­ing what’s new and what we’re dig­ging on, and we’ll start work­ing.”

Dailor also com­mented on ‘Red Death’ his solo track that has been tied-in with the Bat­man graphic novel Dark Days: The Road To Metal.

Dis­cussing the ori­gin of the project, he ad­mits that he was ini­tially hes­i­tant: “I’m a Bat­man fan, but I guess I never con­sid­ered writ­ing mu­sic about Bat­man. I mean, who can com­pete with Prince’s ‘Bat­dance’? I was a lit­tle re­luc­tant at first.”

Thank­fully, Brann even­tu­ally came around to the idea and delved into the comic book for in­spi­ra­tion and a con­nec­tion to the su­per­hero.

“I was just im­me­di­ately able to see [a con­nec­tion],” he says. “He had lost some­one close to him and wanted re­venge, but he also wanted to try to save his city. Ev­ery­thing he was do­ing was sort of work­ing against that. So, I could em­pathise with that, so I just tried to mine the story for all the vi­su­als and some­how put that into a few verses.”

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