News from friend of the show, Sin Quirin and Ministry. Click player below for the interview with Sin.
Groundbreaking industrial-metal pioneers, MINISTRY, have signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band recently wrapped up recording their new album AmeriKKKant , which is tentatively scheduled for release the first quarter of 2018. More details to be announced shortly.
“This album, AmeriKKKant,” stated mastermind Al Jourgensen. “Will provide FEMA type relief for the devastation ‘Hurricane Cheeto’ has brought upon us.”
For decades, the powerhouse of psychotic sound that is MINISTRY has overcome millions with releases such as Filth Pig, The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste, Psalm 69, From Beer To Eternity, and a flood of others. Since the 80s, founder Al Jourgensen, has been combining elements of synth pop, punk, metal and even dub in a way that is instantly recognizable and has influenced many other bands.
With timeless classics such as “Just One Fix,” “Thieves,” and “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” MINISTRY are one of a kind musical pioneers.
With six Grammy nominations to date, over 3 million records sold, more than 2,000 live performances, and movie soundtrack work on Hurt Locker, Artificial Intelligence, Matrix, Robo Cop and SAW, MINISTRY has been contributing to the music industry for over three decades.
In September of 1997, Kid Rock and The Twisted Brown Trucker Band entered the studio to begin work on the landmark album, Devil Without A Cause. 20 years later, guitarist Kenny Olson sat down with the Talk Toomey Podcast to discuss the making of said album. Click player above to listen to the entire interview.
On Meeting Kid Rock:
“I met him when he first came out, when he was 18. When he got his first record deal. We have mutual friends. He was going back and forth to the east coast and I was going between Detroit, the east coast and the west coast. When the big earthquake hit Northridge in L.A. in 94, it pretty much annihilated my apartment. I couldn’t live there anymore because the ceiling collapsed. So I ended up back in Michigan. That’s when Kid Rock and I joined forces. It was weird going back to Detroit and getting our big deal with Atlantic Records.”
On Devil Without A Cause turning 20:
“We did Devil Without A Cause, which is going on a 20 year anniversary. That’s blowing my mind. We are tied with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in sales. All these great albums of all time and it be considered one of them, is an honor.”
On making Devil Without A Cause:
“When we made Devil Without A Cause, we made it very organically. We took all the beautiful mistakes and we didn’t create any polished turds. We didn’t record a record, we made a record. We wrote a lot of stuff on the spot and we just let all the beautiful elements come out of it. Even if we had a room full of expensive equipment, I would still pick a shitty amp to run a guitar through.”
On Devil Without A Cause being a collaborative effort:
“We were always together. We made it all happen together. The music industry is kinda crazy how it divides things, but we went through the trenches together
On what everyone brought to the album:
“It was just taking each one of us and our element, what we added to that sound. We all had a mutual understanding of what kind of music we wanted to make, we all shared a liking with, and it was straight across the board. Detroit Rock City to Motown to Rock to hip hop, funk, punk and everything in between
Looking Back on Devil Without A Cause:
“It still blows my mind. It was a prime era of my life. It’s indescribable. I don’t think people would believe half the stories that really happened. It’s pretty mind blowing and I feel blessed for a lot of it, ya know.”
Chris Czynszak recently sat down at the conclusion of the Nashville Rock N Pod Expo 2017 and spoke with the Talk Toomey Podcast. When asked about the “endgame”, Chris had this to say. (Click Player above for the entire interview)
“The endgame was for everyone to get together and have a good time and enjoy rock music. I think we accomplished that.”
We here at Talk Toomey definitely agree with Chris and look forward to being apart of many more Rock N Pod Expos in the future. Maybe a few less beers though.
Toby Wright recently joined the Talk Toomey Podcast and the classic album …And Justice For All was discussed. Click player above for the audio.
On the missing bass on …And Justice for All:
“Here’s the real story: The bass was recorded by me and Jason Newsted, in all of its glory. At the time, the theology in the room between Lars (Ulrich) and James (Hetfield) was that if you can hear the bass it’s 2dB too loud. So when it moved over to Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero mixing it, they brought that same theology with them. No matter how hard Steve and Michael tried to fight them on that’s not right, that’s not right, they still insisted that’s what they wanted so that’s what the world got.”
On the …And Justice for Jason YouTube videos:
“Jason played a lot better than those mixes that are out there. There are some amazing riffs, there are some really finite definitive moments that happened on that record that you really can’t hear because it was buried.”
On the 30th anniversary possibilities of a remix/ remaster of …And Justice For All:
“I’d like to remix it and I’ll show you exactly what was laid down on tape and then the world will be stunned, I think. Keep in mind I would love to remix it, Lars. If you are hearing me, I would love to remix it. I think it would be a bit more powerful. Fill out some of that tonality that’s missing from it. If you listen to the Black [Album] which was done a year and half, two years later under Bob Rock, that’s a full band. I don’t know if anybody fought him on all that kind of stuff, because I wasn’t in the room, but you never know. And it turned out how it turned out and 20 million records later. There was some success there.”