In Bloom and Thunder: Mastodon tried “channeling a little Kurt Cobain” with first ‘Hushed and Grim’ single

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Last week, Mastodon unveiled the first preview of their upcoming album, Hushed and Grim, with the single “Pushing the Tides.” As is often the case with the Atlanta metallers, the track includes a few new, unexpected additions to the Mastodon sound.

Speaking with ABC Audio, guitarist Bill Kelliher shares that he feels “Pushing the Tides” has more of a “punk rock” vibe.

“It’s just a really fast-paced, punch-you-in-the-nuts kind of song,” Kelliher says. “I think it turned out great. I think it’s a very good representation of the new album.”

Going into more details about “Pushing the Tides,” Kelliher notes, “In the beginning of the song, I had always envisioned kind of like a really noisy guitar feedback, almost like…there’s only one guitar going and the other guitar’s on the floor squealing, making noise. Then when the song really picks up and kicks in, both guitars are going.”

To accomplish that, Kelliher spent a lot of time experimenting in the studio “throwing guitars around” — and he doesn’t mean that metaphorically.

“Literally, I have a video of me, I’m just throwing a guitar in the air and it’s crashing on the ground,” Kelliher shares, adding that he tried “channeling a little Kurt Cobain with the feedback noise.”

“Kinda like In Utero Nirvana,” he says. “I love that era.”

“Pushing the Tides” is out now. Hushed and Grim, the follow-up to 2017’s Emperor of Sand, will be released October 29.

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