Exclusive: Jeffrey Nothing Premieres “Deathbed Masquerade”

Frontman for Ohio alternative metallers Mushroomhead, Jeffrey Nothing is releasing his first solo album, The New Psychodalia (Suburban Noize), on October 11. We’re giving you an exclusive early look at what the record holds in store with a stream of one of the tracks from the album, “Deathbed Masquerade.” We also checked in with Nothing to get the low down on the song. Tell us what you think of it in the comments.

REVOLVER What’s this song about?
JEFFREY NOTHING I’m kind of talking about the unfortunate true costs of war and just the struggle to survive. I mean when does one cross the line and how many lives are enough? In positions of ultimate power is it possible to o to the well too many times? Do you ever give away enough meaningless pawns? I have lost a lot of  people over time, but nothing could prepare me for the grief my daughter has felt from losing her Uncle at a very young age. And yet so many take their own lives. I’ll never get used to that.

Which part of it did you come up with first?
I had the first verse first and the rest came over time in pieces… during campaign promises these people who rule seem like your new best friend, with promises of the world or at least world peace. We believe wholeheartedly and cast our vows of undying support. Reality, unfortunately, brands us the fools and schools us with its heavy hand; that these are just men lying as we all can and do, wearing whatever collar we choose. That truth can be downright evil and our heroes can crash and burn like all of the rest of us.

Was this an easy song to write or record?
Not really. It was the second song we worked on and the last one to be finished. Some songs write themselves and some back you into a corner. This one rests somewhere in between. Some parts came with time but I kept going back to the feel of that first verse.  Recording it was easy once I got the tone and delivery right. After that it was a pleasure because Ryan [Farrell, guitar] can match my voice so well and always finds new approaches for me to try.

Why have you decided to record a solo album at this point?
The chance discovery of guitarist Ryan Farrell and just the chance really. [Drummer] Skinny and I always knew we wanted to, but we just never found the perfect situation before now. This has felt like it was meant to be. Ever since I first heard “Burial,” this is the most fun I’ve had recording in a long time, and hopefully it will continue when we start touring behind the album.

How is working on your own music different from doing music with Mushroomhead?
Each band has a different formula. I think it’s good to mix up who you’re creative with, as different people bring different creative ideas to the table.

What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
Same as the whole project really. Everyone is very receptive to what we’re trying to do here. I feel it’s a sort of Sepultura meets Alice in Chains almost. That feels new and very different. The response so far of the fans I’ve played it for is fantastic and I hope the rest, that are waiting, feel the same. I hope the fans all love this noise, as much as we did making it for you.

 

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  • Mmunson949

    sounds really good,cant wait 2 hear the rst of the record.

  • Cory

    I didnt like the other songs at all this is the best song so far

  • Me

    where is the stream of the song? I see a white box that appears to be Flash, but it won’t load anything in any browser. It appears right before the interview.

  • Ifyasl

    this song kinda blows. the 90s are over.

  • erik

    Horrible

  • erik

    Horrible

  • Jimmyj

    figures it’s on suburban noize..what a shitty label..whoever runs that place is into some real shitty music

  • Jimmyj

    figures it’s on suburban noize..what a shitty label..whoever runs that place is into some real shitty music

  • doom my sheen

    This is a joke right? Amazingly horrible.

  • Abagail Wheatley

    FANFUCKING TABULOUS….

  • disturbed420

    Fuck all the haters Jeff is the shit!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000237046703 Hunter Just

    sounds good,i like the steampunk, its kool there getting nothing/hatrix back,buti miss the old days like purgatory….stuff and hatrix the first mushroomhead album is the best

  • Deven

    Evolution in music expresses the work of a true genius in music. The album may not be everyone’s cup of tea. I speak for myself, it is brilliant, deep, and insane. Jeffrey Nothing is authentic artistry.

  • Franktheapachetank

    Sucks im not going out to buy this album if the whole thing sounds like this song it just seems flat theres no body to it and quit trying to sing it sounds like shit just stick with MushroomHead

  • Rooskieinfidel

    Not too bad. Still wishing for the days with JMann though. 

  • Elvecxz

    I-… I love these guys, but it really just sounds like an anemic, half-finished Mushroomhead track.

  • XIII

    I dont like the voice jeff used in BSFUC at all I wish he would go back to singing in his creepy MRH voice thats what made me fall in love with his music in the first place. we’ve waited all this time for this?

    • Frog23

      Even the Mushroomhead album lacked big time. I wish they would go back to The Mushroomhead sound and quit with this bullshit experimental nonsense

      • Fio7

        I agree Loved everything but the new album

      • izzy bella

        “I wish they would go back to The Mushroomhead sound and quit with this bullshit experimental nonsense” but it is not mushroomhead.  evole dammit

  • HUTCH77784

    HELL YEA JEFF! I CANT WAIT TO HERE THE REST OF THIS ALBUM I LOVE MUSHROOM HEAD AND ALL THE MEMBERS PAST N PRESENT BANDS OR PROJECTS IVE BEEN LISTENING TO MUSHROOM HEAD FOR SEVENTEEN YEARS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kristen-Williams/1774827988 Kristen Williams

    I like it becuase it doesn’t sound like Mushroomhead (not to say that i don’t like them b/c i absolutely love them), I like that he can branch away from the “main group” and make something utterly his. I look forward to hearing more of his work with this band.

  • thinktank

    I thought it was going to be something ive heard a million times before….. was not excpecting this :)  It got better as the song went on. its something new you dont hear but def see being played on my XM/Sirius radio. Cant wait to hear more!!!

  • Shroomheader82

    Not a fan of the new album either! would really like to here them go back
    to there heavy ways like the jmann days! Waylon is a pretty good
    screamer I would really like to here more of that! Why the fuck is he singing all the time?!? The new stuff is way to soft, Ever notice nobody likes it live! I hope theyre next album kicks our ass like the older stuff!

  • MTNdewman

    Yea the new MRH album is a fucking joke worst experiment by far from this band wheres the tripped out psycadelic mushroomhead we all know?

  • Mgib89

    Mushroomhead seems fake anymore it just seems like they are only writing songs to get on the radio I would really like to here more waylon as well Ive seen them live a few times and that fucker can scream but they dont use it whatev

  • Mgib89

    Mushroomhead seems fake anymore it just seems like they are only writing songs to get on the radio I would really like to here more waylon as well Ive seen them live a few times and that fucker can scream but they dont use it whatev

  • Mgib89

    Mushroomhead seems fake anymore it just seems like they are only writing songs to get on the radio I would really like to here more waylon as well Ive seen them live a few times and that fucker can scream but they dont use it whatev

  • Mgib89

    Mushroomhead seems fake anymore it just seems like they are only writing songs to get on the radio I would really like to here more waylon as well Ive seen them live a few times and that fucker can scream but they dont use it whatev

  • SsXdear

    The more songs like 12 hundred and damage done the better!!!

  • NoWhereToGo

    really dude, Mgib89, trying to get on the radio, i live in cleveland and you don’t hear them on the radio. Fake? where do you get that? they’re doing shows at Mentor on the Lakes and shit, keeping it personal, close and tight. they stay pretty under the radar giving to the community. Your an idiot.

    • Mgib89

      They’re music is as mellow as ever sir. I Love Mushroomhead but I wish they would grow some balls on the next release. I’m tired of all this mellow shit. Every album they promise they’re heaviest release wtf ever there’s only like 3-4 heavy songs and the rest is soft radio friendly shit. I dont give a shit what you say Ill be here isn’t radio friendly? They didn’t play come on on the radio? Ive heard both. Back in the day if I got pissed off I could always throw on a MRH record and play it all the way through nowadays theres only like 4 songs a album. Just seems like they care more about writing half assed albums and gain mainstream popularity. well, I think people would rather have a kick ass hardcore album than all these ballads!

      • Mgib89

        I guarantee they sell more records that way than this way!!!!!!