CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
drummer Reed Mullin
has revealed more details about the band's plans to reunite with its onetime guitarist and vocalist Pepper Keenan
in 2015 to record a new studio album and embark on a tour.Keenan
, who has been focusing on DOWN
in recent years, is still considered to be a member of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
but was not involved in the reunion of C.O.C
" lineup, which was resurrected in 2010 and has been recording and touring ever since.
In a brand new interview with INDY Week
said about the prospect of collaborating with Keenan
and I were talking the other day, and we've got some riffs left over from that era that I never used for C.O.C.
stuff, and he didn't use for DOWN
. They've just been sitting around from when we used to do demos at Jag Studios
. He was, like, 'Man, I found a couple cassettes. Remember those cassettes we used to do with [John
down at Jag?' So, yeah, he found a cache of some good riffage in his house down there in New Orleans that I guess he had packed away. And, for some reason, I can remember a lot of the riffs those guys write. Like, there's a song on the new C.O.C
. album, the three-piece, and the music is music Pepper
and I had jammed back in 1989, and I ended up just putting lyrics to it. Me, Woody
] and Mike
] recorded it. It's called 'Tarquinius Superbus
', after the last Roman king. For some reason, I remember a lot of the stuff they do, so I'm kind of like an encyclopedia of a lot of their riffs."
He continued: "I think the first shows that we're going to do with the four-piece are going to be in March. Before then, I guess we're going be working on the new album. Woody
's going to have a baby in April, I think, so we're going to take a little time off in there, and then I guess, get back to touring with Pepper
. He's taking time off from DOWN
and, you know, he makes so much damn money doing DOWN
, we've got to get him while we can get him. He's really excited about it, and we're awful excited to do it. It's been a while. It's been I think 2000 since I played with him. I mean, we've done songs here and there, at festivals overseas and things, as a four-piece, but as a tour, it's been a long time since this entity, this four-piece has been out on the road. It's going to be a blast."
Regarding whether the four-piece version of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
will play any new material on the upcoming tour, Mullin
said: "I don't know how much new stuff we'll play on the road. Nostalgia seekers are going to want to hear as much of 'Deliverance
' and 'Wiseblood
' and 'Volume Dealer'
and 'In The Arms Of God
' as they can. So we'll have four albums, pretty much, to go off of. And maybe later in the year, we'll add a couple new songs. Hopefully by the end of the year, we'll have an album out."
He continued: "I think [releasing a new CD later in 2015] doable. If we start working in January… Like I said, we've got to use Pepper while we can get him!
"It's cool of him to do this, because, you know, he's got his set-up in New Orleans. He's got a bar, and he's got a little girl, so he doesn't go out for that much touring, anyway, so for him to do C.O.C
. and more DOWN
stuff next year is awful cool of him."