Mudvayne Lets Fans Choose On New Album
Mudvayne frontman Chad Gray says the group is "getting really close" to figuring out what songs are going to appear on its fan-generated album "By the People, For the People," due Nov. 27 via Epic.Mudvayne frontman Chad Gray says the group is "getting really close" to figuring out what songs are going to appear on its fan-generated album "By the People, For the People," due Nov. 27 via Epic.
"We're just kind of sitting back and letting it go," says Gray, who, along with Mudvayne guitarist Greb Tribbett, is on the road with their side band, Hellyeah. "There's a couple of things I'm excited for -- but I don't want to give them away. The arrangements are different. There's a couple things with completely different choruses. I think our fans are really gonna love this, man."
The concept of "By the People..." allows Mudvayne fans to choose their favorite songs from the group's catalog; the band will then dig into its vaults for specific versions of those tracks, considering demos, live renditions and alternate tracks.
"We have tons and tons of (hard) drives and archived stuff," Gray explains. "We were like, 'We should get this to the people. They'd probably love this.' We just want to give back something to the people that have supported us for so long and allow them to be more a part of Mudvayne."
The album will include two unreleased songs -- a cover of the Police's "King of Pain" and "Dull Boy," a new track recorded for the next Mudvayne album, which Gray says was finished earlier this year with producer Dave Fortman and ready to go, until he changed his mind.
"I needed more content," Gray explains. "I just started looking at it and listening to it and reading lyrics and stuff, and I knew I wanted to expound upon some of the ideas and introduce some new things. I just don't think it's ready, so we're going to go back and write some new songs."
Gray expects Mudvayne to hit the studio again in January and says there's "the potential for it to be a two-record thing, or a double-disc. Whatever rounds it out, I'm into."