Methods of Mayhem have just released their long-awaited sophomore album A Public Disservice Announcement, and Bravewords.com caught up with mainman Tommy Lee to learn all about it.
Read an excerpt of the Q&A below, and go right here for the full feature.
Bravewords.com: You’ve been doing the ‘Crüe thing’ for the last few years. Why did you decide to bring back Methods Of Mayhem?
Tommy Lee: “Well, the second I found out Motley was taking a hiatus in 2010, I was like ‘ah fuck I’m doing it’. Between doing a new Motley record and a couple of tours, a couple of solo records, a TV show… all of a sudden ten years flew by and I was like ‘dude – what just happened? Ten years just flew by.’ So when I saw a window like that I knew ‘this was my chance’. Plus, I’ve had a shitload of emails from fans asking me ‘dude – when are you going to put out another Methods album?’ So, this is the perfect time for it.”
Bravewords.com: How has the music changed since the last album?
TL: “Not a lot has changed stylistically. It’s still very eclectic. The only thing that’s changed is that TiLo was a hip-hoper and he came with those influences so that rub off into the music, but if you think about the first Methods record; it had rock, it had hip-hop, nu-metal, electronic, industrial, pop… So, it’s very similar minus TiLo and some of that hip-hop stuff that he brought to the party.”
Bravewords.com: You had fans submit music for this project…
TL: “Yeah, dude.”
Bravewords.com: Was that scary?
TL: “I can’t say it was scary because I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into.”
Bravewords.com: Did you have a ‘plan B’ if you only got really bad fan submissions?
TL: “I did. What happened was; we recorded the record and then put the tracks online for people to download and record to. If nothing good came back, we still had a finished record. Anything up and above what we had was… is a bonus. It made the record very worldly and added some fucking extra flavor. People from around the world really helped putting the finishing touches on it.”
Bravewords.com: Will any of the fans join you on tour?
TL: “That how I envisioned completing this ‘world’ collaboration. The fifty or so people that actually made the record will see their names boldly credited (in the CD booklet) and I’ll reach out to them when we come through their town. I’ll invite them up to play what they submitted on the record.”
Bravewords.com: Where all the contributors ‘unknowns’ or did you have the regulars from L.A.?
TL: “All unknowns man. All unknowns. It’s unbelievable. I did have a couple buddies stop by; Chino from THE DEFTONES is on it, Derek from SUM 41, Chad from NICKLEBACK played on a demo… The album is a real banger.”