Bringing a flurry of sounds and speeds, the almighty supergroup of our dreams, Giraffe Tongue, which is comprised of William DuVall of Alice in Chains, Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Brent Hinds of Mastodon, Pete Griffin of Dethklok and Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta, have released their debut album, ‘Broken Lines’, and are shaking up their routines to blend together their masterly musical genes. As an avenue to explore a foreign land and keep the creative juices flowing, Giraffe Tongue carries a whole new life and energy of it’s own for every musician involved as each continues to artistically evolve. I caught up with the gang prior to their upcoming Winter tour to discuss the conception of Giraffe Tongue, the recording process of their debut album, and more.
Giraffe Tongue features members of Alice of Chains, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mastodon, Dethklok and The Mars Volta. Quite the variety of musical expertise. Explain to our readers how Giraffe Tongue came to life.
Brent Hinds, and myself, have been friends for over 15 years. We always talked about starting a band together and for a few years experimented making music with a few different groups of musicians. Eventually, Pete and Thomas expressed interest in jamming and when we did, the chemistry was just there. William was in the mix really early on but was really busy with Alice in Chains when we first started the project. By the time we sent him the songs he had some time off so things moved quickly and before we knew it we had ourselves an album.
Congratulations on the release of your debut album, ‘Broken Lines’. Tell us about the creative and recording process.
The creative process for ‘Broken Lines’ was really random. Some songs were written in my home studio, some in the back of a tour bus, and some in hotel rooms. Most of the recording was completed in California at Omen Room studios, with producer Steve Evetts. I’ve worked with Steve on almost every album i’ve done so it was pretty second nature for us.
You guys are gearing up to head out on tour this winter. What is it that you perceive elevates a show from good to spectacular?
I think we all have a different idea of what makes a show special, but when we all feel like we are firing on all cylinders, the show feels spectacular.
When you are not in the studio and/or practicing your artistry, what do you engage in to further inspirit your wellbeing?
Spending time with my dogs really centers me.
Last but certainly not least, any messages for your fans?
It’s been amazing having so many people embrace GTO as an entity of it’s own. IT would be really easy to just pass the band off as a side project, but the response has been much more engaging than that and we really appreciate that chance.