Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor recently launched his solo career with two new songs. Taylor's solo songs are a pretty far cry from the two (now really only Slipknot) projects he's involved in, which he told Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan in the new The Electric Theater podcast was something he couldn't accomplish in either band.
"This is something that I could have done years ago – I could have done it at any other point, but at the time, it didn't make sense to do something like that, honestly, because I had Slipknot, I had Stone Sour – for whatever it was worth," said Taylor.
"You know me – the only time I really like to put a focus on myself sometimes is when it's part of the collective; when it's working on something as a group and working on something as a band and working on something that we're gonna be able to hoist up and show to the world. For me, I was absolutely content with bouncing back and forth between Slipknot and Stone Sour, but for the last few years, I've recognized something in myself that really was just getting more and more important for me to show and share.
"And that was a certain type of music, that kind of all-out rock 'n' roll kind of positive… I don't even wanna say positive 'cause it's not the right word. There's no real word for what I'm trying to say, so I'll just describe it: this major-chord, big-chorus kind of party vibe, for lack of a better term."
Taylor later clarified that his solo project is very much a solo project, despite having a backing band.
"I'll have friends come in and play with me, but for the most part, it's my project. It's me – it's what I need to do. And the more I was thinking about it, the more I realized that my heart needed it," he said.
"You know how when you and I are working on pieces of music together that may or may not work with the 'Knot sometimes, and they become other things that we really try to kind of put out into the world to make sure that they see the light of day because we wanna share them with people. That's kind of what these songs were. These songs were parts of me that I really wanted to share the world and kind of show the world this other side of my writing style that I'd never been able to show before.
Check out the full interview below.
[via Ultimate Guitar]