In an interview with NME, Slipknot percussionist and founding member M Shawn Crahan AKA Clown has said that Slipknot will be hitting the studio in November 2018, and that the band have got a bunch of stuff written already. He also spoke about what the future holds for the band, the music business, Joey Jordison and more.
Slipknot is the big name behind all this. What’s next for the band?
“We’re about a year away from being in the studio. It’s not my fault the maggots don’t pay attention. We make an album, we tour for three years, we take two years off. It got a little screwed up after ‘All Hope [Is Gone’, the band’s fourth album] because Paul passed away, so we took time off, took time with our kids, and toured for a couple of years until it felt right. Then when it felt right, Joey took off. I’ll be in the studio in November 2018. There’s a plethora of shit written. I don’t wanna be told by a label when to write, like some fucking Cheerio. I wanna write because I write. I’ve made people so much fucking money – pay for the studio. Give me this engineer, give me this producer. It’s just jamming, but I’ve never heard music like this, that we’re doing right now. I’ll be 50 by the time it comes out. I’ll be touring when I’m 50, they’ll throw me a birthday party! So where I’m at these days, I’m like, ‘Maybe make it the last one.'”
Have you had any contact with Joey Jordison since he left the band and opened up about having transverse myelitis (a condition causing inflammation of the spinal cord)?
“I don’t talk about Joey. But I say a few things these days. This is a hard lifestyle. There’s lots of paths, and lots of things that dictate the path. It’s almost impossible to have balance, it’s like, ‘Am I nothing or am I everything?’ I guess we just grew apart, that’s all I can really say, out of respect and love for him. I didn’t help start a band thinking anything like that would happen, or that Paul [Gray] would pass. Corey Taylor won’t be mad at me saying, but I didn’t think there’d be other bands. I thought we’d wear masks forever. I wanna believe I’m a rock star, [but if I acted like that], you’d be standing next to me going, ‘This is ugly shit.'”