When we checked in with Brent Hinds about his latest side-project release — the lo-fi-leaning West End Motel album Only Time Can Tell — he was also kind enough to hip us to what’s going on with his other band, metal behemoths Mastodon, who released their most recent album, The Hunter, last year. Currently, the group is in the writing phase for their next LP and Hinds is feeling optimistic about how it’s coming together. The band is doing a South American tour through late November, after which he’ll do a West End Motel tour, but then maybe, just possibly, Mastodon will go into the studio in January. “We’ve never put out an album a year,” Hinds says. “That would be unlike us, so maybe we could tour for another year on The Hunter. It’s very possible.”
As for what Hinds has been working on for Mastodon, the wait might be worth it. “A lot of the stuff I’m writing is in open G-minor,” he says, before explaining, “I’m playing a lot of slide guitar and just getting really Jimmy Page-y on the place and getting really eerie and Radioheadish and very spooky sounding.” Right now, he thinks he has about three songs’ worth of material, “or it could be one gigantic one,” he says straight-faced. “I haven’t made up my mind yet.”
No matter what happens, though, Hinds says the wheels are in motion. “Those dudes are always working,” he says of his bandmates. “There’s never really a shortage of music with Mastodon because all of us are working on something musically. I’m in good company. Just because they might stand in the middle of the stage or something, people might think, this is the leader, he must conduct everything, but we’re all the leaders. We spread the weight around.” Time will tell what that will mean on the next Mastodon release.
Watch Mastodon’s video for “Curl of the Burl” below: