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Members of Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mars Volta Form Supergroup

Dirk Behlau

There are supergroups, and then there are almost-too-good-to-be-true supergroups. Falling squarely in the latter camp is the currently un-named project that Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds is working on with Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, former Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen and ex-Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery. That’s very good news for fans of forward-thinking rock music.

Since the members of the project live on opposite sides of the country, progress been a bit slow. “We tried to get together and do an album, but there’s been no time,” Hinds recently told Noisecreep. “We want to record crazy stuff and Ben is working on that, but it’s been hard to get together.”

Even though the project is officially nameless, Hinds wants to call it Giraffe Tongue “because they look sick.” Yes, he’s speaking about the actual tongue of a giraffe. We Googled an image of one and they are long, gray and, to borrow a phrase from Hinds, sick!

Hinds is also hard at work promoting his Fiend Without a Face and West End Motel projects, as well as recording a new Mastodon album. Mastodon released a few song titles from their forthcoming album, one of which is ‘Blasteroid,’ which we told Hinds sounds like either a medical condition or a celestial body. “It is a combination of both, wrapped up in a video game,” Hinds joked.

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