Posts Tagged “Johnny Cash”

Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend was interviewed on the March 7-9 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below.

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The cover artwork for the forthcoming debut album from the CASUALTIES OF COOL project from Devin Townsend can be seen below.

Devin recently launched a three-month-long crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMusic for CASUALTIES OF COOL since the album will be released without record-label backing.

In a 2013 interview with, Devin stated about CASUALTIES OF COOL: “If there’s anybody who’s new to what I do, who maybe heard ‘Liberation’ or some of the songs off ‘Epicloud’ and thought, ‘This is really cool, I could get into this,’ you’re going to hate CASUALTIES. [laughs] I mean, really, it’s as opposite of ‘Epicloud’ as ‘Ghost’ was to ‘Deconstruction’. It’s this weird, dark, not evil but verging on it, bluesy, Johnny Cash-y, strange, quiet folk record. But I love it, it’s the one record that I’ve done over the past 10 or 15 years where I can truly say, ‘This is where I am right now.’

“You know, the other things that I’ve done have been as well in their own right, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Deconstruction’ and ‘Addicted!’, but there was an agenda with those, I was trying to say something with them or I was trying to prove a point, make a statement about the past or whatever. CASUALTIES is something that I’ve done without any pressure, without anybody telling me what to do, without showing it to anyone, it’s just what evolved when I wasn’t thinking about it. As a result of that, I’m incredibly proud of it, but it remains to be seen whether or not other people will resonate with it. I think they will, man. I think it’s fucking awesome, and I mean, I haven’t smoked weed in a long time but I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t be awesome while you’re smoking. [laughs]”

Asked where CASUALTIES OF COOL will fit into the Devin Townsend discography in terms of sound — among his more traditional-sounding albums, or a bit more removed like his ambient albums, Devin said: “Somewhere in the middle, you know, somewhere in the middle. It’s like, if you took the weird elements of ‘Ki’ and the weird elements of ‘Devlab’ and added a vintage sort of vibe.

“My management had a suggestion, which I think is pretty cool, which was, ‘You shouldn’t call it DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, you shouldn’t even put your name on it, just call it CASUALTIES OF COOL and put it out as its own thing.’ It’s got a different singer, I sing on like half of it right, but it’s got this lady [Vancouver artist Ché Aimee Dorval, who also appears on ‘Ki’] who’s just this brilliant singer, she’s a young, despondent-sounding bluesy vocalist and it’s creepy. I think that that might be a way for me to get away with it, putting it out without it being part of the DTP [DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT] or whatever.

“I don’t know what to tell you, man. I just go where it feels the most honest to go, then I deal with people thinking it’s weird afterwards. [laughs]”

Regarding whether there is a particular atmosphere he wants to create or a story he wants to convey with CASUALTIES OF COOL, Devin said: “Yeah there’s a story, definitely. It’s going to take a little longer than what we’ve got for me to explain it, but you’ll hear it eventually. I want it to be something you listen to quietly, by yourself, in the middle of the night, with a big old full moon outside. It’ll work perfectly.”

Interview (audio):


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Devin Townsend has been into the idea of taking things at his own pace lately. After the release of Epicloud he toured relentlessly and has seemed pretty keen on the idea of not doing that so much. We know he's been working on Z2, the follow-up to Ziltoid The Omnicient, as well as Casualties, a Johnny Cash inspired affair, …

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The Irish Times recently conducted an interview with bassist Ben Shepherd of reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDEN. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On whether he expected “Badmotorfinger” to be as successful as it was:

Ben: “I think it was successful on our end, I don’t know about fanfare or anything. I remember being chided because it was supposed to come out in September [1991] — the day NIRVANA‘s ‘Nevermind’ came out — and all my Seattle friends were like: ‘God, you guys are dicks. Your album is out the same date as NIRVANA.’ But the cover was messed up so we postponed it and put it out later. In comparison to other albums, it was a success for us. It was fun as hell to make. It was my first venture into the band and becoming part of the band.”

On why he thinks Johnny Cash chose to cover SOUNDGARDEN‘s “Rusty Cage”:

Ben: “Probably because they’re bad-ass, truthful, lyrics. Chris [Cornell, SOUNDGARDEN singer] is a great writer and Johnny could probably relate to that. Johnny always talked about, if you read his books, how a singer has to sound like they’re telling the truth. It’s all about the truth. If you mean it then it sounds right. If you don’t mean it it’s a schlock thing (and)you tell it a mile away.”

On going through some difficult times after SOUNDGARDEN‘s breakup in the late 1990s:

Ben: “Not only did SOUNDGARDEN break up, HATER [Shepherd‘s side-project band] broke up and my personal life fell apart all at once. I was totally gutted and cut adrift, basically. I never got back on my feet enough to actually, you know, do the music industry thing. All my connections were gone in the fog. That’s not pushing the blame somewhere else — I fully accept the blame for myself not doing what I needed to do. I was just kinda floating.”

On SOUNDGARDEN‘s reformation in 2010:

Ben: “It was some tweet that Chris sent about reforming the fan club — not the band reforming — and everbody ran with that! So we just let them run with it — and we ended up reunited! I remember that New Year’s Night or New Year’s Eve, right then I was finishing my solo record. Two days before that [when the band announced it was to reform] I told everyone in the studio that: ‘Now I’ll never be in another band again — I was in a band once — that was a real band!’

On whether it was hard finding that SOUNDGARDEN sound again after all these years:

Ben: “There is a natural chemistry. The influences we have outside the band are filtered because we play to each other in the band. I can’t wait for Kim [Thayil] or Matt [Cameron] or Chris to hear a song I write and I cannot wait to hear their songs. Collaborating has always been really cool. We always just bounce ideas off each other.”

On what it was like going back into the studio with SOUNDGARDEN:

Ben: “There were some structural things that we had to work out. ‘Non-State Actor’ was way over-composed I guess, or way over-organized. I didn’t like how it turned out but now when we play it live it makes sense. I probably had too many parts and I kept trying to chop parts and change parts and everybody else did to. They’re the things you iron out before you get into the studio usually but there were a few songs we hadn’t even done pre-production on.

On whether there are any plans for SOUNDGARDEN to return to the studio:

Ben: “God, I hope so because we’ve got a lot more songs to go — I know we do! But, I don’t know if we’ve toured off ‘King Animal’ enough. It’s a trip for me that we have not played Europe on the ‘King Animal’ tour yet.”

Read the entire interview at The Irish Times.

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Corrections House, that band consisting of members from Eyehategod, Neurosis, Yakuza, and Minsk, are streaming their seriously 21st-Century Johnny Cash-type song "Run Through the Night." You can stream the song via Noisey DE above. These guys have been growing on me every single they've released thus far. Their music has some really doomy elements to it, …

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Hungarian extreme metallers EKTOMORF have entered the studio to begin recording their new album for an early 2014 release via AFM Records.

The latest two webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the studio can be seen below.

EKTOMORF‘s most recent CD, “Black Flag”, was released on August 31, 2012 via AFM. The cover was once again created by German illustrator and designer Tim Eckhorst, who previously did illustrations for the Wacken Open Air festival and various other bands.

EKTOMORF‘s very special “acoustic” album, “The Acoustic”, was released on February 17, 2012 via AFM Records. The CD contained cover versions (LYNYRD SKYNYRD‘s “Simple Man” and “Folsom Prison Blues” by JOHNNY CASH), re-recorded EKTOMORF classics (“I Know Them”, “Redemption”, “Who Can I Trust”, “Stigmatized” and “I’m In Hate”), plus five brand new tracks, written specially for this release.

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Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead and Johnny Cash are beaten to the top spot in a BBC poll.

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End of Existence has posted a cover online of “Ghost Riders In The Sky,” which was originally written by Stan Jones in 1948 and has since been covered by a variety of bands, including Johnny Cash. You can check out the song in the player below.

The song was also covered by Chrome Division earlier this year for the album “3rd Round Knockout.” You can check out Chrome Division’s version by heading over here.

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Marshall Grant, who was the last surviving member of the iconic Johnny Cash & Tennessee Two, died this weekend. He was 83.

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“Ghost Riders In The Sky”, the new video from CHROME DIVISION, the Norwegian five-piece featuring DIMMU BORGIR frontman Shagrath (a.k.a.

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