Mastodon Talk "Emperor Of Sand"
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:09:09
Since forming back in 2000, Mastodon have certainly made the most of their time. Most recently, their 2014 seventh offering Once More 'Round The Sun bowed into the number six spot on the Billboard Top 200, marking their highest chart entry to date and second consecutive Top 10 debut following 2011's The Hunter.
Casting a shadow over pop culture, they received "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" GRAMMY Award nominations in 2007, 2014 and again in 2015. Their music blasted through the Academy Award-winning comedy The Big Short, animated blockbuster Monsters University, and sci-fi western Jonah Hex. After contributing "White Walker" to HBO's Catch The Throne, Vol.2 mixtape — a tribute to a certain TV fantasy, Dailor, Hinds, and Kelliher appeared as "Wildlings" in an episode of Game of Thrones Season 5.
Now the band return to what they do best — making noise of a certain type. After a long hard year of personal losses and the pains of watching loved ones suffer Mastodon used their latest album as a cathartic expression of passing time, the battles too big to win, and the importance of family.
ARTISTdirect's Christopher caught up with guitarist Bill Kelliher to discuss the process behind Emperor of Sand, the sense of humility he derives from everyday life, and why Mastodon may just write a pop song one day.
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