In what could be one of the most disappointing interviews that I’ve ever read, Brent Hinds of Mastodon declared that he doesn’t like metal, he doesn’t want to be in a metal band, and he hates talking about what he does. Although he may not be a metal fan, the influence that he brings on the music that Mastodon writes just may be one of the things that makes Mastodon such a diverse and unique metal band in the first place. In a segment from the upcoming August issue of Guitar Player Magazine, Brent had this to say about being in a heavy metal band:
“I never really liked heavy metal in the first place. I came from Alabama playing country music, surf rock, rockabilly, and stuff like that. I just went through a phase in my 20s where I thought it was rebellious to play heavy metal. And then I met Brann [Dailor, Mastodon drummer] and Bill [Kelliher], and they were really, really, really into heavy metal. And ever since then, I’ve been trying to get Mastodon to not be such a heavy metal band, because I f**king hate heavy metal, and I don’t want to be in a heavy metal band.
On the topic of doing interviews, he doesn’t like them and talking about Mastodon doesn’t get him excited like it does to us.
“It would be nice if magazines and all interviews would just go fall off the face of the earth along with all the cigarette smoke and all the other f**king things I hate in life. I don’t like doing interviews, I don’t read interviews, I don’t need to know how people go about doing things. It frustrates me to do interviews, because I have to talk about things I’ve talked about over and over and over and over again. So, no, there’s nothing that we can talk about that involved Mastodon that I’ll get excited about. After 15 years of doing this every f**king day of my life, the last thing I want to do is talk about doing it.
Sorry to say this Brent, but we’re not going to fall off the face of the earth. When you make as good of music as you do, people tend to gravitate towards you. I’ve worked in retail the last six years, and working with customers is probably as much fun as being interviewed, but you just have grin and bear it because it’s all part of the job.
Then again, this could all just be a big joke that we all fell for. Please be just a joke.
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