For months, we have been running a series of brief conversations with Chris Adler as he’s gone through the process of recording the new Lamb of God album Resolution. Often, our conversations center around Chris’ life — and often, his obsession with mint cookie ice cream. Of course, Chris will continue to be checking in with Gun Shy Assassin from time to time with updates on what’s going on in his world, and he will occasionally answer some topical and ridiculous questions from me. Here now is another exclusive you will only find at Gun Shy Assassin: another entertaining installment of Adler Chatter with Chris Adler
Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler’s life has been something of a whirlwind lately, filled with pre-school pickups, phone interviews, house guest hangs, and rehearsals ahead of the band’s 2012 gigs. Adler is also coming off of a crazy week in which Lamb of God’s first single, “Ghost Walking,” debuted to the world.
“Everybody knew right away that we had something special with that song,” Adler says. “That was voted to be the initial single and I think there’s two more behind it as we get closer to the release date, and its a groovy metal tune.
“We’re all super proud of that song as much as we are anything on the record,” Adler continues. “But yeah — this week has been crazy in that the machine has definitely officially started back up. It has been, for all of us, a busy time. We’re starting to see the hinges shaking a little bit on our respite from our insane jobs.”
In the coming weeks, Lamb of God will also release the official, real deal video for “Ghost Walking,” which has a pretty cool concept behind it.
“We’re just killing virgins,” Adler says with a laugh; he was kidding. “No, no. I wish. No, basically, simplified, it’s the last day in the life of a spy. So, it should be good.”
That’s fucking rad! I can not wait to see this video, folks. And what perfect timing, coinciding — within weeks, anyway — with the release of the next “Mission Impossible” flick.
“That’s the thing. Everybody in Lamb of God is such a huge Tom Cruise fan,” Adler says. “We all hope he comes out of the closet soon so we can each take turns dating him. Actually, the whole album is about Tom Cruise and we’re just kind of hoping Katie Holmes gets the message and takes off.”
Seeing as Lamb of God’s touring plans have been pretty much charted for the next two years, I ask Chris what the band will be doing this summer. Will they be on Rockstar Mayhem, as has been hotly rumored?
“No,” Adler said. “It’s not happening. That was, certainly, the original plan, but everybody in the band knew that they were going to ask us back, they did, but where everything fell into place didn’t make any sense to us at all, so we decided to branch out and do our own thing.”
Lamb of God will be headlining a run through the U.S. after Mayhem wraps up. Most of the summer will be spent in Europe on the festival circuit.
“We’re going to do our own tour and try to put something together,” Adler says. “There are a couple of bands out there we’ve wanted to tour with for a long time and haven’t had the opportunity. We have gotten to a point now where obviously, we need to take that next step and get to the next level as a band. We can’t step backwards with this record and take out four bands no one’s ever heard of. We have to do the right thing for us, but at the same time, there is a lot of interest in the band in doing what we think is kind of the right thing to do, and working with bands like Gojira and Meshuggah and Periphery and stuff that we would all like too. It’s hard to make sense of that sometimes, but the current goal is to make some sense out of something like that.”
Lamb of God and Gojira, on the same tour? Adler said nothing has been discussed, but that the band would be open to the idea. I’m loving that idea!
We’ll have more Adler Chatter for you next week. Follow us on Facebook so you’ll know the second that shit goes up.
Chris Adler is the drummer for Grammy-nominated metal band Lamb of God and the author of the book “The Making of Lamb of God’s New American Gospel,” a comprehensive behind-the-scenes narrative book detailing the early days of Lamb of God and the writing and recording of their ‘New American Gospel’ LP. He has also released a new book that addresses the recording of ‘As The Palaces Burn.’ Anything else you need to know about Chris Adler, you can find at his web site, Chris-Adler.com.