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Mastodon preparing to record new album

Monday, September 7, 2020 7:29 PM PT
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With more than twenty compositions at their disposal, Atlanta's Mastodon are ready to enter the studio to begin tracking their follow-up to Emperor of Sand (2017). The band is currently in the process of securing a producer for the outing.

During a recent appearance on Dean Delray's "Let There Be Talk" podcast (audio below), bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders expressed his eagerness to begin recording:

"We bought a building a couple of years ago. It's called Ember City. It's on the west end of Atlanta, and we've got about seventeen rehearsal spots in here for local bands and a studio in the basement, a top-shelf studio called West End Sound, where we've been demoing all this material for a new record, with hopes to start recording down there any week now for the real deal, because we've got loads of materal. We've been chipping away this whole year. So I'm ready to hit 'record' for real and put a record out the beginning of next year."

When asked who would produce the new outing, Sanders responded as follows:

"Not sure. That's kind of where we're at right now. Like I said, we've just been slowly piecing things together and chipping away since November, so it's been, like, nine months in. So, pregnancy-wise, we're about due. We're throwing around some ideas and seeing who's willing to come to Atlanta, because we have our own facility here now, so someone needs to be willing to travel here to help us out. So that conversation is happening now, which is exciting to me. We call it 'demoitis'; you hear your demo so much, you're losing touch. Is this even good anymore? I don't know. While it's still fresh, you need to record for real. You don't want anything, really, to go too long, because it gets stale, or it can get stale, so kind of keeping it fresh and forward-moving is really important for us right now."





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