"WE'RE GOING FURTHER DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE"
How do you top tours with Trivium and System Of A Down, and a Grammy nomination? Code Orange’s Jami Morgan explains…
So how far along are you with the new album? “Oh, we’re getting there. There’s still plenty left for us to do, and we’re not going to rush that shit, but it’s sounding good. We’re deep in it and we’re working on it every day. I don’t wanna say much more than that at the moment.”
You had Corey Taylor on The Hunt last time out on your
The Hurt Will Go On EP. Are we going to see any more guests this time?
“Listen bro, I wish I could tell you that stuff. But I really can’t. We’re talking to people and we’re sorting stuff out still. Let me just say that we haven’t run out of surprises; we spoke to a bunch of people and we’ve really tried to get some names in there with us, but it isn’t that easy and… look, you’re just going to have to wait.”
You spliced things up brilliantly on Forever. Do you think you can do it again on the new album?
“If you think we went far on the last one… watch out! I don’t think we went far enough! We’ve got ideas. If we didn’t think that we had an idea that could top the last one, then we just wouldn’t do it. It’s like a drug addiction for us – once you see the rabbit hole, you wanna push it and push it. We’re not going to discard the main elements of the band and release a fucking acoustic album or some shit, but we do definitely have the ideas to top the last one. And if we don’t, then I just don’t see us going through with it. There’s no way that we can even do something that is parallel to the last one – we have to destroy it.”
You guys will be coming back to the UK in the summer to play Bloodstock. How are you feeling about that?
“Who are we playing with…?”
You’re on just before Cradle Of Filth and Anthrax…
“Oh, that’s awesome. We’ve not really done a lot of festivals over here, and I think it’ll be cool to do one that’s more heavy orientated. And it made sense for us to do this one. We’re pretty much taking our time a bit more with our growth, and getting a to do a bigger stage at a festival over here was something that really appealed to us. Vicky [Hungerford, Bloodstock organiser] seems really cool, and she really wanted us to do it, so it’s a natural progression. I don’t know where we’ll be with the record when it rolls around. Hopefully we’ll have been doing a lot of headline shows and… I think we’re going to try and do a big London headline show around the same time.”
Your last US headline tour saw hip hop and trap artists join you on the bill. Do you think the cross-pollination of genres is really happening now?
“I think so. I can only say what I saw, and the kids at our shows were turning up and getting into that music. It just makes sense to me on an aesthetic and attitude level. And, let me tell you, it’s going to go both ways. If the hip hop guys are having a piece of our pie, then I want a piece of theirs! We actually got asked to do a bunch of stuff last year. I can’t say what it was, but it would have been real interesting to have been in front of that audience. But, dude, it’ll happen. It’s all going to happen.” CODE ORANGE PLAY BLOODSTOCK ON AUGUST 10. SEE MORE AT WWW.BLOODSTOCK.UK.COM