For the last few years, the members of Mastodon have started to branch out and do some stuff on their own. Brent Hinds has had West End Motel and Fiend Without a Face for years. Then bassist Troy Sanders teamed up with Max Cavalera and The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato for Killer Be Killed. Not to be outdone, Hinds has been working with DEP’s Benjamin Weinman on Giraffe Tongue Orchestra. And Brann Dailor had some time to sit in with Seth Meyers last week. And if you think you’ve heard the last of Mastodon-related side projects, you’re wrong. Sanders has teamed up with At the Drive In drummer Tony Hajjar and Queens of the Stone Age guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Troy van Leeuwen to make Gone is Gone, another new band.
Gone is Gone, which also features guitarist/keyboardist Mike Zarin, will make their live debut at Los Angeles’ Dragonfly on April 27th. In addition, they’ll be releasing an EP later this Summer through their own imprint via Rise. It all came together organically. Hajjar and Zarin have worked together on video game soundtracks since 2009, and eventually got van Leeuwen to contribute to some tracks after they found that they needed some more heft. Sanders was the last piece, flying to Los Angeles to lend his vocals. The project has 20 songs completed, some of which will wind up on a planned 13-song album. The band have offered a tease of “Violescent,” one of the songs from the EP, below, and we want to hear the rest of it.