Q: You mentioned that you have overseen everything to do with the release of House Of Gold And Bones Part 1, was it challenging for you to explain everything you had in your head to the rest of the band to get everything going?
Taylor: "Not really, I mean they kind of assume that I know what I’m talking about. (Laughs). The poor bastards. I explained the idea to them, the concept of what it was essentially. That got them really excited, not only that but when I told them I wanted it to be a double album that really got them excited. Essentially we were getting into territory that we’d never done before. Not only making an album that had a narrative, had a concept, had a theme and everything, but also to rise to the challenge with that many songs. They were really stoked and I was really happy about it.
I kinda cheated a little. I played them a bunch of the songs I’d written, stuff like ‘Gone Sovereign’ and ‘A Rumour Of Skin’, that helped their excitement to say the least, so it was pretty cool. Once I really wrote it out and got it so you could read it and see it, and had it so you could see all the different halves and stuff, they really got behind it. It’s been awesome knowing that we are all on the same page, fighting for something that means that much to us."
Q: Part 2 of the House Of Gold And Bones saga has yet to be released, what can we expect from that?
Taylor: "Part 2 is much darker, if I’m honest. Aside from it being a completely different album, it feels more like a soundtrack to a movie in a lot of ways man. It’s really thematic, there are themes from part 1 that reveal themselves and that come again musically, there’s actually stuff from Part 2 that you’ll hear that’s on part 1 and you’ll be like 'Fucking hell!' We essentially recorded these, and this is where technology is now, that so you could have these in a playlist on your iTunes and play them top to fucking bottom and really get that experience while you read both parts.
So it’s some of our darkest music, our most intricate and complex music, some of the best fucking lyrics I’ve ever written to be honest, even writing from a narrative like that, it was so challenging. Plus, it’s got some of our best songs on it. You guys think Part 1's good, fuck off, ‘Do Me A Favour’ alone is going to kick the shit out of people and that’s going to be the first single which comes out in January, that’s going to be the first taste that people get of Part 2, and people aren’t going to know what to do."
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Stone Sour recently added a show at Piere's in Ft. Wayne, IN on January 26th to their tour schedule. They will be on the road with PAPA ROACH and OTHERWISE. The complete itinerary is available below:
20 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Events Center
22 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
23 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
25 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
26 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere's
27 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
29 - Minneapolis, MN - The Myth
1 - Amarillo, TX - Aztec Music Hall
2 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Pavilion
4 - Midland, TX - Midland Horseshoe Arena
5 - College Station, TX - Hurricane Harry's
7 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
8 - Pharr, TX - Pharr Entertainment Center
9 - Laredo, TX - Laredo Energy Center
12 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee theatre
13 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
15 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
16 - Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Air
17 - Denver, CO - Fillmore
As previously reported, Stone Sour are the latest addition to the UK's Download Festival. They join the previously announced: ALICE IN CHAINS, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, COAL CHAMBER, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, IRON MAIDEN (headline Saturday, June 15th) , HIM, MOTÖRHEAD, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, RAMMSTEIN (headline Sunday, June 16th), SLIPKNOT (headline Friday, June 14), 30 SECONDS TO MARS, VOLBEAT.
More bands will be announced soon.
For more details visit Downloadfestival.co.uk.