Mastodon's Brent Hinds: "I Never Liked Heavy Metal in the First Place"

Sometimes, GP editors need a little hazard pay...

Brent Hinds is one passionate and unfiltered and super-honest guy.

Those are awesome qualities for life in general — and perhaps rock and roll in particular — but they're not always the easiest qualities to run up against when you're an interviewer.

Check out Hind's mini-rants below, and read the entire interview with him and Mastodon co-guitarist Bill Kelliher in the August 2015 issue of Guitar Player...

"I never really liked heavy metal in the first place. I came from Alabama playing country music, surf rock, rockabilly, and stuff like that. I just went through a phase in my 20s where I thought it was rebellious to play heavy metal. And then I met Brann [Dailor, Mastodon drummer] and Bill [Kelliher], and they were really, really, really into heavy metal. And ever since then, I’ve been trying to get Mastodon to not be such a heavy metal band, because I f**king hate heavy metal, and I don’t want to be in a heavy metal band.

"It would be nice if magazines and all interviews would just go fall off the face of the earth along with all the cigarette smoke and all the other f**king things I hate in life. I don’t like doing interviews, I don’t read interviews, I don’t need to know how people go about doing things. It frustrates me to do interviews, because I have to talk about things I’ve talked about over and over and over and over again. So, no, there’s nothing that we can talk about that involved Mastodon that I’ll get excited about. After 15 years of doing this every f**king day of my life, the last thing I want to do is talk about doing it.

"I’m very passionate about playing guitar—I’m just not the most passionate guy in the world about talking about any of it. Breaking details down and getting micro about what cable I plug into what pedal is, to me, a very unnecessary type of dialogue. I understand you have readers that want to know that stuff, but they’re not going to find out from me."

Watch Hinds "Speak" with his Playing.