They haven’t even started tracking the fucker yet.
That’s right — Machine Head are delayed in the writing of their new record, which means they didn’t enter Green Day’s Jingletown Recording Studios last month.
They will now hit the studio in February to begin tracking the effort for a release on Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Says the band’s Robb Flynn:
“As you may have noticed there aren’t any, ‘Hey, were in the recording studio’ updates happening. That’s because were not! A few Journals ago I said we’d hit the studio at end of October, and while we tried our damnedest to make that deadline, the fact is, we weren’t ready.”
The band, he says, began writing last January, “but between the bassist auditions, teaching Jared all the old tunes, rehearsing for headline dates, doing Mayhem, getting Jared up to speed on the new tunes, and back into writing mode in September, we just didn’t have the songs yet. We probably only wrote music for 4 out of those 9 months, if we went in, it would have been rushed.”
“This is an important record for us. With a new label, a new member, and this being the follow up to Locust all eyes are on us. This record cannot be rushed or hurried, it needs to be great. It needs to be classic Machine Head. It needs to be a timeless album. Our new label, Nuclear Blast agreed and said ‘Hey, if it comes out in April or August, who cares? In 5 years, they’re only going to remember if it’s great or not.’ It was refreshing and we were grateful that’s how they felt.”
Machine Head have “5 or 6 songs demoed,” with some in “more finished stages than others, so we’ll continue demoing through the New Year. Shit, who am I kidding? We’ll probably be demoing up until the day before we hit the studio.”