Slipknot’s Clown on New Album: “We did things a little bit different.”
We interrupt this edition of What Corey Taylor Thinks for a very special episode of What Clown Thinks! As usual, it’s long on words and short on information but very entertaining.
When asked in an interview with radio station Lazer 103.3 if he could give an update on the band’s next album, which is due in 2019, the adult man known as Clown — née M. Shawn Crahan — gave the following long-winded, typically Clownian answer, which could’ve easily just been summed up with “We took our time writing this album because we realized we really enjoy the creative process”:
“I’ll let the world know this: I get reprimanded a lot for my mouth just for how much I want to deliver because I really don’t care, but I’ll tell you this:
“A) We’ve been home for two years.
“B) Do your research and figure out how long we really stay home.
“C) Staying home gets boring, so you’ve got to do things.
“I would imagine that there’s material that’s not only out there, but it’s finished. We did things a little bit different this time off.
“We made sure we made ourselves happy and making ourselves happy is we live for the song, we live for the stage, we live for the fans, we live for the art, but if it’s going to be a time we can create art, record songs, write songs, jam songs, we do it.
“So, we’ve learned we’re obsessed with that process. We love chasing vision and art until it’s complete. It takes time. We did ourselves a solid this time around and made sure the whole time off we could create and that’s what we did.
“It’s been awesome, and I think everybody is going to understand just how wonderful it has been the last two years to take the time off and create.”
That sure is a mouthful, but Clown is always gonna Clown. He gave a much more direct answer when asked about rumors that the band is planning some kind of 20th anniversary celebration for their self-titled debut album:
“Basically, we’re celebrating 20 years of the first album and we thought it would be cool to make some art on many different levels for the planet. We’ve been gone long enough and I think it’s time people understand what’s really happening, so we’re putting together a little something something for the 20th anniversary. I can’t go into it too much, but every luxury has a price, so for those who make the journey, I guess those who are the ones who understand.”
Still short on details, but it’s the first confirmation of those 20th anniversary plans we’ve gotten directly from a band member.
Tomorrow in Useless News Bits From a Member of Slipknot we’ll be highlighting keyboardist/sampler Craig Jones’ thoughts on the… wait… no we won’t.