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After such a long period of time being on hiatus, what brought this project back into existance?
It’s a conversation that’s been going on for years. When the band went on hiatus in 2003, the idea was that we would record in six or eight months again and it just didn’t happen. Joey [Jordison] did Slipknot and I started doing my solo stuff. Then I did another solo record and he did another Slipknot record. Then he goes on tour with Korn, Ministry and Satyricon, and I did two country albums in the process. It’s been eight years, but we’ve been busy and consumed with everything. So it might feel like a long time, but maybe not as long for us because we’ve been so fucking busy. But about a year ago the conversation started getting more serious about doing a new Muderdolls record again, and Joey just called me out of the blue one morning and was like “I’m ready to do this if you are,” and I was like “Let’s do it!” We’ve been passing songs back and forth for eight years now. It wasn’t finished songs. It was like ideas and riffs and things here and there, but we had over 50 or 60 song ideas. When we got into the studio, we had 30 that we wanted to do, and we figured we can’t do 30. So we started chopping on them and chopping down and chopping down, and then we got down to 19 tracks and wrote two songs in the studio.
Were you kind of scared when Joey revealed that he was going to be touring and doing stuff with Rob Zombie?No. He called me and told me right when we decided we were doing it. When I first heard about it I was like ‘Ok…’ But nah, I wasn’t worried at all and I’ve realized that it’s been a big help because I’m riding with Zombie on this tour right now doing press. So it works out.
You mentioned about how you’re just doing the rounds of press while you’re following Zombie on Mayhem Fest. Has it been kind of relaxing for you to just do press and not actually perform? Or are you kind of wishing that you were onstage at the moment?
Yeah, I mean it’s starting to get to that point of the tour where everything is routine every day. You know when you get up. You know when stuff is happening. It is weird to be on tour every day and not be performing, but at the same time it’s pretty awesome to be able to go on a tour like this, do press all day and promote your band, and by the time this is all said and done when this tour ends on August 14 I’ve completed ten weeks of press from Paris to Alabama. Before this tour started we were two and a half weeks in Europe doing non-stop, twelve hour interviews a day and photo shoots. So it’s been great. We’re setting this record up so good, and we have so many cool ideas. No one has been really telling us no, which is amazing. Labels are usually going “No you can’t do that!” Everything we do that we think might piss them off, they’re into it. That’s a good sign.
Was there any specific reason, besides convenience, for having a different lineup from the first album/shows?
Yeah, I mean it was a thing of, for me and Joey, it being eight years. I hate to use the word grown up or matured, but the fact is that it’s been eight years. I’m not 26 years old anymore, as I was when that record came out. We just evolved and it was a thing where we needed fresh blood. We needed new guys, guys who were on the same page as us and had the same vision as us. That’s why we wanted to get a new lineup.
Can you tell me a little bit about how it was like working with Mick Mars in the studio?
It was great! It wasn’t planned really either. We didn’t want to have any special guest on this record. We just wanted to have the Murderdolls come back and be the Murderdolls. We were hanging out having dinner. We had just finished tracking a song called “Blood Stained Valentine” which Mick plays on, and we had finished tracking everything except for lead guitar. So we come in, we’re having dinner and were just talking. I’m always the kind of guy who, I’ve got to be annoying to some guitar players because I hear solos in my head but I can’t do them that great. I can Johny Thunders a guitar solo. But I always like guitar solos that are memorable and you can walk around and whistle to them or hum them in your head. So I had the song in my head and I was just going ‘Nuh uuhh Nuhh,’ and just kind of humming, and I was like “You know honestly this almost has a Mick Mars kind of vibe.” I just kept hearing this sort of ‘Waaah wah’ and we’re talking back and forth, and this guy, we call him the ‘Mad Manager,’ who was seeing us at our house and heard us talking said “Well why don’t you just call up Mick and get him to play on it? He lives down the fucking street.” I was like ‘Well I don’t know him! You call him.’ He had worked with Motley Crue in the past, so he called up Mick and said “I’m hanging out with the Murderdolls,” and he was a fan of the band. So then he goes “Would you be interested in playing on two songs?” And he was there in two days. He came in, total pro.