CLOWN delves into an unheard ’KNOT side project, LOOK OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW, that came about during the ALL HOPE IS GONE sessions…
“While we were making All Hope Is Gone, Jim [ Root] and I decided to make music while we were not making [Slipknot] music down the hill on the same property. And then Corey and Sid [ Wilson] became a part of it, and it became ours. But we didn’t want to confuse people with it, between Slipknot or All Hope Is Gone, or Paul Gray passing, or us separating with Joey. So we made an album that’s currently named Look Outside Your Window, and it’s got a lot of stories to it, and I believe it’s some of the best music you’ll ever hear from us individually. Does that mean it should be compared to Slipknot? Abso-fucking-lutely not. But we’re gonna do some special stuff with it, and I just want everybody to know the main reason why it’s coming out: because it’s beautiful.
“It’s Corey going in directions that he doesn’t go in currently anywhere. It’s me as the drummer – playing the drum set. Corey played some percussion, too, and Jim plays the bass. It gives a lot of emotions. It’s so different, but it’s so the same. You’re going to hear a familiar voice, but it’s not Slipknot, and Slipknot is not it. It’s so out-there with sounds and textures and environments and feelings. I really feel like people are going to leave going, ‘Holy shit, I got so many terrains in my brain and my imagination is going elsewhere.’
“There’s a song on there that deals with a particular subject. I can’t speak for Corey, and I’m not going to, but I believe it speaks to me about Paul Gray, and it’s saying things in the moment – and, at that moment, Paul was alive. To me – and only me – it takes on a meaning that makes it very hard for me to listen to, because it’s foresight. At the moment of doing it, that foresight was unable to be recognised. But 10 years later, I’m listening to it and I cry, because it was right in front of me the whole time. And I can’t change it. I would do anything to change it. We were unable to understand or do anything about it, and that’s how important I feel this music is to who the people are in a band that people love. It’s not like, ‘Hey, if you love Slipknot then you’ve got to get this.’ It’s just, ‘Hey, if you love the guys in Slipknot and you’re trying to learn more about the individuals that make up Slipknot, then this is something for you.’”
All Hope…’s 10-year anniversary artwork