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New label. New singer. Things have changed a bit in the Mushroomhead camp. It seems like the changes have been for the better as the bandís new record Savior Sorrow is a pretty great affair. New singer Waylon Reavis has an excellent voice that blends well with as mainstay vocalist Jeffrey Nothing. I spoke with Jeffrey last week by phone to find out about the new developments.
Morley Seaver: Itís been a little while since the last record, 2003ís XIII. Whatís happened since the end of the tour for that record and the sessions for this one?
Jeffrey Nothing: We had a member leave and we were dropped by Universal, which was kind of a mutual thing because we thought they didnít really do anything for us on the last one. So there were a lot of changes. We toured a lot for XIII but we didnít start making Savior Sorrow until about a year and a half ago which puts us on tour now.
Morley Seaver: How did you find Waylon?
Jeffrey Nothing: We had his band for a couple of weeks on our tour and we had a show in his hometown and then we took them for 13 days. After that tour they were looking for a place to record their new demo and they chose our studio. And as we were recording, J mentioned how much he sounded like him when he was doing the heavier stuff and we thought so to. So we just asked him to join and that was on his birthday. And that was two years ago and Savior Sorrow ended up coming out on that day so itís kind of a crazy coincidence in a way.
Morley Seaver: How did the energy change when he came aboard?
Jeffrey Nothing: I think it was a big change. But when we first formed, we really didnít want any boundaries as far as vocals or anything. And J did some great work with us but he was kind of one dimensional because he stopped rapping and pretty much wanted to be a hard core voice. And Waylon can flat out sing and harmonize with me. Thereís times you canít really tell on there who is singing instead of being kind of obvious.
Morley Seaver: Tell us about the new record. For new listeners such as myself, how does this record compare to your past works?
Jeffrey Nothing: I think itís a continuation of XIII in some ways but also going back to the self titled and our first couple of self-released projects. I think itís realizing the original dream in a way and taking us to new places. We never really did an all-acoustic song before like ďEmbrace the EndingĒ. We feel like we have more songs suited to being a radio single now than even when we were on Universal. I think itís our best thing to date.
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