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Mastodon May or May Not Play Leviathan in its Entirety

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Mastodon Leviathan TattoosAugust 31 will mark the tenth anniversary of Mastodon’s seminal album, Leviathan, and if you’re wondering if they’re gonna celebrate the occasion, well, tough, ’cause they don’t fuckin’ know yet. Says bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders in a new interview with Stereogum:

“I was just told that we could do a handful of shows this summer where we just play Leviathan live. I think [the record] is great and I’m certainly a fan of longevity. I don’t know many bands that have stayed with the same four guys for the last 14 years. I’m proud of that and think it’s great we are still friends and have the same focus and drive. I remember the four of us were prouder of that record than any of the previous ones. And I’m still really proud of it. It’s still classic in my opinion. But it’s more difficult to create a set list for live shows when you have more material under your belt. This will be our seventh record. That’s sixty something songs and all of us have favorites. Some of us are maybe a little tired of some of them.

“I don’t think any of us would be opposed to playing a Leviathan show and a handful of other songs. Today, I’m at my first band practice in nine months. We haven’t played old stuff and we leave soon for Australia. When the guys get here we’ll create a set list.”

So that doesn’t actually tell us very much. I would be into this, though, if for no other reason than because there are some tracks from Leviathan I haven’t heard the band play in forever. Also, anything that keeps Brent Hinds from attempting clean vocals can’t be a bad thing.

[via The PRP]

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