Bury Your Dead Premiere Their Video for "Slaughterhouse Five"
Bury Your Dead are releasing their sixth full-length, Mosh 'n' Roll (Mediaskare), on Tuesday. But you can check out their video for "Slaughterhouse Five," which is the first song on the album. Were that not exciting enough, it's their first record with frontman Mat Bruso back in the band since 2006's Beauty and the Breakdown. Guitarist Brendan "Slim" MacDonald fills us in on the album below. Let us know what you think of the video in the comments.
REVOLVER Vocalist Mat Bruso returned for this album. How did they come back into the band?
BRENDAN “SLIM” MacDONALD We did have Mat come back to sing on this record to go back and give it more of a nostalgic vibe to it. Also, Myke had become pretty busy with his solo career so it all fell into place.
How did Myke Terry’s departure come about?
It was just a conflict of interest, to put it plainly. We stepped away from touring for a bit of time after the last tour we did, which left everyone to their own devices, some of us worked on material for this band or other projects that we had been pursuing, others found work. The media has always had a great talent for only telling one side of the story, in this case, the departure of Myke Terry. Before we had even finalized the contract moving forward there was already a press release online explaining his side of the story which opened itself up to the public to be a vague one-sided statement which had more to do with a solo career written in the third person than it did to do with the split with the band. I miss the dude but this is where it ended up.
How did Mat’s return affect how you wrote the music on the album?
I just came into the whole writing process having no preconceived notions of how it was going to turn out other than just out-heavying the last five records somehow. I just sat down over the course of a few months and had fun with it. I have never felt pressured to write a record, I think that type of deadline or stress pushes people not to write what they want but what they have to. This was just another opportunity to write a record and get our asses on the road, which is what we do best.
What are you proudest of about this record?
I really like the simplicity and heaviness of this record. It really is a throwback to how this band got started, which was to just write songs we could plug in play and jump around to. There’s no bells and whistles, just riffs. I’m also really into playing some of these new songs live; kids have been into be into them so I’m happy.
You open the disc a song called “Slaughterhouse Five,” which is a Kurt Vonnegut novel. How has his writing affected Bury Your Dead?
As with almost all of the records, I have little to nothing to do with naming the songs. So having said that, Mat had been a fan of the author and wanted to continue with a theme based on something completely unrelated to the songs but ties them together. We have never been the type of band to sit around and worry about what the songs are called; the funny thing is the names actually take on meaning after playing them live.
Lastly, you titled this album Mosh ’N’ Roll. What other bands would you put in that genre?