By By Troy Sanders, Of Mastodon; Interview by Nevin Martell; Photo by Travis Shinn on June 18, 2014
WHEN WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO MAKE IT AS A BAND
Around 2004–2005, after Leviathan came out, we were asked to support Slipknot and Slayer for a European tour. The stage we were on was bigger than any club we had ever played in.
THE HIGH POINT OF OUR CAREER
We’re living the high with this new album. We’re ready for this child of an album to be born and we hope everyone thinks it’s a cute baby.
THE LOW POINT OF OUR CAREER
Thankfully, we take those low points, mask them with a metaphor and turn them into art through Mastodon. Could we easily wallow in self-despair and spiral out of control? yes, but it’s better to find the greater good.
THE FUNNIEST THING A JOURNALIST EVER WROTE ABOUT US
The reason I didn’t have any tattoos is because of my Jewish faith. I read that and thought, “I didn’t know I was Jewish.” And I do have tattoos, but they’re rarely or ever seen.
WHEN THE JOURNALISTS GOT IT RIGHT
I hope they recognize the authenticity and sincerity of what we do. We always create art for ourselves, because we’re completely married to our craft. We’re not writing to please fans, journalists or record-label folks.
BEST SHOW EVER
The All Tomorrow’s Parties festival curated by The Melvins. Jamming with them on their song “The Bit” was a dream come true.
WORST SHOW EVER
We were set to play Hellfest in France, but it started storming and flooding. So the show was cancelled and we started getting hammered. Then there was a moment of clarity with the weather and they put us on stage. We failed miserably before we could even finish our first song. I’ve never made a mistake of that magnitude again.
HOW WE’RE MOST LIKELY TO BE REMEMBERED
I don’t know; the story’s not over yet.
HOW WE HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED
We are continually carving our own unique niche into the world of rock and roll and I hope we’re remembered for that accomplishment.
THE BEST SONG WE EVER WROTE
Currently my favorite song is “Oblivion,” because it feels like we are just getting it right now on tour after writing it five years ago.