Mastodon was originally planning on writing a new record this summer, but being offered a tour with Coheed And Cambria was simply too good to pass up. Bassist and vocalist Troy Sanders tells Consequence Of Sound that Mastodon isn't exactly on a schedule, but would like to "dive head-first into new material" once they're off the tour. He also adds their time recently has been spent rehearsing Crack The Skye in full as well as "a lot of old material for this set that we're doing this summer."
I think we're all hoping that new song with Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly also drops this summer.
"Well, that was the intention. We just completed the European tour in February and months ago, it felt like that would be a good stopping point of the Emperor Of Sand touring cycle. But then this opportunity came up to co-headline with Coheed, so we decided this would make sense and it would be the 10th anniversary of Crack The Skye, so we decided to take the summer tour. So, instead of writing a new album, instead of diving head-first into new new material right now, we've kind of just been enjoying a little home time and then rehearsing a lot of old material for this set that we're doing this summer.
"So, we don't really talk about it or mark the calendar, but just knowing how our band's operated for the past 19 years, once we recover and enjoy some home time after the summer tour, we'll probably, all four of us, I imagine, will be very excited to dive head-first into new material. And we never put timelines on us. We never put those restrictions on ourselves. We just want everyone to be excited about it. So it needs to come naturally. But I would imagine that we'll work [on a new album] in the fall of this year."
Catch Mastodon on the road with Coheed and Every Time I Die starting May 28. We are giving away a pair of tickets to each stop of the tour. Enter below.
05/28 Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater
05/29 Columbus, OH – Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre
05/31 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
06/01 Simpsonville, SC – CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park Simpsonville
06/02 Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
06/04 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
06/06 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
06/07 New York, NY – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
06/08 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
06/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Outdoors
06/11 Detroit, MI – Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
06/13 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
06/14 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
06/15 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
06/18 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
06/19 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
06/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
06/22 Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park
06/23 Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center
06/25 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
06/26 San Diego, CA – Petco Park – Park at the Park
06/28 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
06/29 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
06/30 Phoenix, NV – Comerica Theatre
07/02 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
07/03 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
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