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Sam: How did
this tour with Clutch come together?
Troy: "Our label hooked us up
with Clutch for 2 weeks in November of 2002, and it
went so well, like musically, and personally that
they were going out for this whole month and they
personally asked us to be the main support for them,
which means play right before them every night, so
we've all been listening to Clutch for 12 years so,
it was like, we had to say yes."
Sean: We just found out about
this show the other day, how long has this tour been
Troy: "The tour was booked to end
this past Sunday in Grand Rapids, but during the tour
they added a few dates so this show was only booked
probably a couple weeks ago."
Sean: When we last talked to your
guitar player, (Brent Hinds) last he actually said you
guys were going off the road after I think Milwaukee,
do you plan on going into the studio? Have you guys
started writing anything?
Troy: "Yeah, for this year,
September, 9 months, we've been on tour for 9 months.
We've been tour the whole fuckin' year, and on Sat.
we go home for 2 months to write and record a new
album. We're going to record it in January, it's
tenatively scheduled to come out in May on Relapse.
We've got tons of riffs and songs, but we just haven't
practiced all year, we've been on tour. It'll be in
the same vein as our last album 'Remission', but
obviously all new fresh material, some slow, some
pretty, some heavy, some fast, some epic, some short,
Sean: How do you guys piece songs
together like that? They go from so many moods, but
they just flow so nicely. Alot of bands try that and
it seems like 'ok we'll have this part and then...
alright, how do we transition? Let's throw in a
drumroll'. You guys seem to do it very smoothly.
Troy: "We try to just, you know,
we'll have riff A and riff B and we'll try to marry
those riffs together and if they don't match nicely
then it doesn't happen. We take our time making sure
that the riffs go together, back to back, nicely,
because once we write that song, we're going to go
on tour and play it 300 fucking times. So, if you
want to have true energy and emotion into it every
night, like the songs that we played tonight, we've
played these songs hundreds of times, but if you're
going to play those songs night after night after
night with integrity, you have to love the songs."
Sean: Do you guys already
have a producer in mind?
Troy: "Yeah, we're going to
record with Matt Bayles again, the dude that did
our last one. Because it's only going to get bigger
and better with him."
Sam: Have you guys thought about
putting out any more vinyl? Split 7" or anything?
Troy: "Yeah, we had a 7" come
out this week. We had like 200 copies and we sold
'um already this week. We're gonna get more of 'um
once we get home and put 'um on our website thing.
Otherwise we always just have our shit for sale on
tour, but we just got 'um a few days ago and
they're already gone."