A few weeks ago, Corey Taylor subtly threw shade at his Slipknot and Stone Sour bandmates by noting his new solo record was “probably the most enjoyable album that I’ve done since the first Slipknot album.” Well, in a new interview posted with Forbes, Taylor isn’t quite as subtle.
When asked about why it was reinvigorating to work on the solo material, Taylor started the answer by saying he wanted to be diplomatic and not “throw any of my brothers under the bus,” but by the end of the answer, it seems he does just that. Let’s take a look at the quote:
“I can sum it up like this. It was the first time in years that I was surrounded by people, every one of those people were just as hungry as I was again. Does that make sense?
“That’s me being very diplomatic, that’s me not trying to throw any of my brothers under the bus, but it’s the first time in a long time that I was surrounded by people who wanted to make music for the same reason that I did, and that was just to make incredible music, being excited about the opportunity to make something massive.
“Being so fucking energized and stoked that you can feel it in a recording, you can hear it in the music, you can see it when we’re playing it.
“It’s been a long, long, long time since I was surrounded by people who were just as geeked to make music, fuck selling it, fuck playing it, fuck any of that, making music because it gives us so much joy. I haven’t felt that in a very, very long time.
“So that’s what I meant. I don’t give a shit about any of that stuff man, I make music for me first, then I share it with people. If I’m not into it, I don’t put it out there. I never will.
“That’s the only reason to do it righteously; if I happen to make money, that’s awesome too. I can pay my bills, take care of my people, but I don’t have a Lamborghini, I don’t have a solid-gold toilet, I don’t give a shit about any of that stuff.
“The only thing that matters to me is making music that I want to fucking hear back. I can’t say that about a lot of the people that I’m in a band with. Either band. But I can say that about this band. There it is.”
Not being able to say some members of your bands feel that the only thing that matters to them is music they want to hear back seems like some serious shade. But I guess Corey is nothing if not honest.
In the follow-up question, Forbes asked since the 2019 Slipknot album We Are Not Your Kind was so well received, “Is it fair to say that fans can’t tell what the dynamic or enthusiasm is within your band – or who’s motivating each other?” For this Taylor did in fact respond diplomatically.
“Sometimes it’s the tension that creates the creativity. But I don’t thrive on that. I don’t need that to create. Some people do. But there’s people like me who can kind of do it either way.
“I prefer to feel a gung-ho, all-for-one-one-for-all kind of vibe. That’s what I love. I love being in a studio and being so stoked about something that you’re thinking, ‘People are gonna flip when they hear this.’ That’s my win. That’s my gratification.
“I don’t need tension. I don’t need fights. I don’t need drama. I spent most of my life wrapped in that drama, whether I liked it or not. I’m done with it.
“You talk about ‘We Are Not Your Kind,’ the very lyrical content of that came from living in a toxic drama for years and finally being able to extricate myself from it. So in that respect, I needed it.
“And it was a good experience for me with ‘We Are Not Your Kind,’ we had a lot of fun making it… when we were around each other. But, it’s still night-and-day from the experience that I had with this solo album.”
I guess we’ll try not to read into it and hope his bandmates don’t either. Taylor’s first solo album, CMFT, on October 2, and you can hear some singles off it here.
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Metal Injection – Corey Taylor “Diplomatically” Throws SLIPKNOT & STONE SOUR Members Under The Bus
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September 18, 2020