Corey Taylor: “It’s Very Dangerous for People to Be Different These Days”
The Most Important Carbon-Based Life Form to Ever Exist, known to his mama as Corey Taylor, gave an interview to Full Metal Jackie over the weekend to celebrate the kick-off of the band’s North American tour. Taylor did not acknowledge the existence of CoreyTaylorSucks.com, thereby breaking our hearts, but he did have a whole lot of interesting things to say about the tour, the band’s new album, their appearance on Ozzfest in 1999 and a whole lot more.
One particularly interesting segment of the interview focused on the meaning of the new album’s title, We Are Not Your Kind. When asked how life dictates art and what parts of his life are reflected on the album, here’s how he answered:
“We Are Not Your Kind is me kind of putting my foot down as far as the divisiveness not only just the culture right now but the world at large. Everyone is so at odds with each other. Everyone is so quick to look at each other as an enemy without trying to find common ground. For our kids, for our fans, that can really be a stressful, daunting, dangerous time. It’s very dangerous for people to be different these days. I will not have it. I grew up different.
“I know the pain of having to deal with being treated differently and for me, it’s one of those rare cases where I actually use my position in life to make a stand and say, ‘Guess what? It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, what color your skin is, who you love, what you believe — we are a family because of this love for music that we have.’
“And We Are Not Your Kind represents that gathering of people together and then turning our backs towards the rest of the world and saying ‘We’re not going to let your illness, your hate, permeate us. We are not your kind. You will never be ours.’
Check out Slipknot’s latest single “Solway Firth” below. We Are Not Your Kind comes out on August 9th.