Legendary bay area metallers MACHINE HEAD have posted the second video blog about the production process of their as-of-yet-untitled eighth studio album on YouTube.In this clip the band take a look at the new and improved Jingle Town Recording studio, with a particular focus on the drums and how they achieved Dave McClain’s sound for the new album:
The first production blog can be viewed here:
MACHINE HEAD are currently hard at work on their new album slated for a summer 2014 release. The record is being produced at GREEN DAY’s Oakland, California based Jingle Town Recording studio by band leader Robb Flynn and engineered by the renowned Juan Urteaga (TESTAMENT, HEATHEN, EXODUS).
In anticipation of the record and to celebrate Record Store Day (April 19, 2014), we’re excited to release a limited edition 10” featuring a demo version of a brand new track entitled ‘Killers & Kings’. Never heard or released before, MACHINE HEAD fans have been waiting for new music from the band for the last 3 years and ‘Killers & Kings’ does not disappoint. Side B of the release will also feature MACHINE HEAD covering a track by the southern CA hardcore outfit, IGNITE.
“I remember growing up in the thrash scene and always wanting to hear the demo version of songs,” commented vocalist/guitarist Robb Flynn. “You searched them out. Thankfully my buddy Jim was a big ‘tape trader,’ and through trading we had both METALLICA demos, EXODUS demos, bootlegs of songs sometimes ‘years’ before they came out. I knew how to play every note of »Pleasure Of The Flesh« by EXODUS, easily 2 years before the record was out! My friends and I would debate the merits of each, but we all agreed, It was so much cooler to hear it BEFORE the album is out! So we’re gonna do that for you. I can’t wait for you guys to hear this stuff.”
‘Killers & Kings’ 10” tracking listing:
Side One: Killers & Kings (demo version)
Side Two: Our Darkest Days/Bleeding (IGNITE cover)
The band are set to play a short run of five super-special underplays, in much smaller clubs than they would usually frequent.
Frontman Robb Flynn explains the logic behind this: “In keeping with the intimate club tour-vibe we are doing in the USA this summer, for our first time ever, we decided to blow off 90% of all Euro summer festivals, and hit the nooks and crannies of the UK and Europe. We will be doing no major cities in any territories throughout Europe & the UK for this first leg of 2014. No London, no Berlin, etc, and instead focusing on the die-hard Machine Head fans who don’t often get the chance to see us because the travel is too far or too costly to get the big cities. I remember when we were out with Metallica doing festivals a few years ago, we played in a small out-of-the-way city in Denmark called Aarhus.
We’d never played there, let alone ever even heard of the fucking place before. We were all a bit grumbly before the show, but you know what? It ended up being one of the most fun shows we’ve ever done. Doing shows like this, it creates an energy, it creates a bond, something unbreakable, and it is really fucking fun. It’s Machine Head without the big production, the bells and whistles, stripped down and raw. What will be really cool is that in the UK, we’ve never really done a small club tour, as it happened so fast for us there. So other than a handful of epically insane, wildly drunken Ten Ton Hammer club shows, we’ve only played the bigger halls, so we’re really looking forward to giving our fans something special there. Plus, we’ve been hearing from our Scottish fans for decades that we need to get to Edinburgh!!! So finally, 21 years into our existence, we’re coming and we’re ready to fucking plunder Scotland!!!!”
KILLERS & KINGS UK TOUR
Tue 29-Jul UK, Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Thu 31-Jul UK, Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
Sat 2-Aug UK, Leeds, Stylus
Sun 3-Aug UK, Norwich, Waterfront
Mon 4-Aug UK, Brighton Concorde II