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Bloody Knuckles

Posted on February 12, 2008

Machine Head’s Robert Flynn recently spoke to the guys over at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles (site HERE)… “We’re doing this tour, then we’re doing an Australian and then a European tour. We’re probably doing more dates at the beginning of next year here in the states. What my game plan and our vision is, which we’re trying to implement here, is we want to do another video, for ‘Days Turn Blue To Gray’. We want to do a third video for ‘Descend The Shades Of Night’. We’re playing the Brixton Academy again in December, and we want to film that for a DVD. And we’re also talking about having more of like a fan-filmed version of this Burn My Eyes show, where we just give a bunch of fans in the audience cameras, and they film it, and we get their perspective and have that as a bonus attachment to the DVD, that we have. And the DVD that’s going to come out, it will be our first DVD. It’s going to be very Through The Ashes Of Empires-centric. It’s going to be focused around that visually and sound-wise. It’s going to be the live show. You know, have that, and have a lot of the standard fuckin’ rock ‘n’ roll shenanigans, fuckin’ stupid beer fuckin’ maniacs, beer bongs, and vodka mania (laughs).” In closing Robert offers a few comments on Through The Ashes Of Empires, which reunites Flynn with his Vio-lence bandmate Phil Demmel. “The whole writing process started out as a three-piece. We had basically, you know, found out that we were unsigned. Ahrue had decided to leave and pursue other things, and the three of us just kind of got together and started asking ourselves a lot of questions like, ‘Why are we doing this? What are you try to get out of this?’ And this was kind of an ongoing conversation we had for a month or two, and at the end of the day, it just kind of became that we really wanted to make music that was going to take the listener on a journey, and not necessarily be aware of songs structure, or having to be verse/chorus, verse/chorus, something/chorus. In a lot of ways, it just kind of freed up everything. We were open to try everything. We knew we wanted to refine what the Machine Head sound was and also try bring new things we had never done, and challenge ourselves as musicians, and try write something that wasn’t going on at the time that people might have been scared to try. So that was kind of the beginning of it. When Phil join the band, probably about four months prior to recording the record… then it became about riffing (laughs). At that point we saw how much more we could do. I mean, we always intended to have another guitar player, but there is just so much more he brought to the band. Him and I had already had a history, and a lot of that was based on trying to follow those classic guitar teams, the King/Hanneman, Downing/Tipton thing. We always tried to model ourselves like that. And that instantly came back in there were harmonies, runs, and riffs just started getting more complex, and we were in the headspace for it.”


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