Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher: ‘Next Year We Are Gonna Write A New Record’

September 25, 2023

Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher was recently interviewed at the Guitar Summit show in Mannheim, Germany and talked about the band’s plans for an extended touring and a new studio album! 

Kelliher said, “Yeah, all those things. I’m constantly writing. We just got off a tour with Gojira just a couple of weeks, about a month ago, and we’re about to do a cruise back home. We’ve never done a cruise — like a rock and roll cruise — with Lamb Of God and Gwar and Shadows Fall. That’s gonna be really fun. And then at the end of the year, in November, we’re gonna do a South American tour with Gojira. And hopefully when that’s over, December and in the beginning of next year, we can start sitting down and actually riffing out and writing a new record. Because it’s already time to — it’s past time to write a new record, even though [2021’s] ‘Hushed And Grim’ was a double album, and I feel like there’s a lot more juice for the squeeze of that record, but we just haven’t — because of COVID, we didn’t tour enough on it. We haven’t done a proper European tour. There’s a lot of places we’ve missed and it’s, it’s hard these days to get out and tour because everything has changed.”

Kelliher added, “The answer to your question is yeah, next year we are gonna write a new record, and I’ve already started writing and I’m very excited about it. It’s a nice time. It’s just — I guess what I’m getting at is, like, it’s already time to write a new record and take time off when my wife’s, like, ‘You need to get out there and work. You guys haven’t worked in the past three years.’ You’ve only done a month a year.’ It’s not a lot of time out there. But I’m, like, yeah, well, the world is upside down and the gas prices are crazy. And everybody’s on tour trying to make back their money from the lost wages. And it’s a mess. But I’m not gonna let it stop me from writing the next right-turn record.”

Mastodon’s last album (their ninth), “Hushed And Grim”, was released in October 2021. The band recorded at West End Sound, located inside of Ember City, the rehearsal space the band manages in Atlanta, Georgia.

Do you think Mastodon will find more commercial success with their new album? Kinda seems like the next logical step, right?