KXM had a relatively modest goal when it set out to make its latest album, the recently released Scatterbrain (Rat Pak Records).
“It was just to make another record,” singer-bassist dUg Pinnick — who formed the group four years ago with Korn drummer Ray Luzier and Dokken/Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch — tells Billboard. “It’s a no-brainer. We just got together and said, ‘Hey, it’s time for another record. The first one [2014’s KXM] did well. Let’s do another one.’ We love playing with each other and having fun. It’s like a match made in heaven. We just wanted to do it again. Why not, y’know?”
As with its debut album, KXM entered the studio with nothing prepared. The trio spent 10-12 days working on Scatterbrain, coming up with material mostly from individual ideas or jamming. “It seems like at this point in our lives, we’ve been doing this for so long we know what we like and we know what we don’t like, so there’s not a lot of discussion of, ‘This works, this doesn’t work.’ Everything just falls in pretty quick,” says Pinnick. “I think it’s refreshing. King’s X is like that. We don’t spend a lot of time anymore. We just kind of get together, and the next thing you know, we’ve got a record done.”
Billboard has an exclusive peek at the threesome putting together the track “Noises in the Sky” in February 2016 at Steakhouse Studios in North Hollywood. Check it out below:
That doesn’t mean the trio didn’t find ways to surprise itself this time out — Scatterbrain‘s title track being a case in point.
“That one’s outside the box in a way. That’s why we put it as the first song and did the first video for it and called the album Scatterbrain,” Pinnick explains. “It’s just a really in-your-face song, like someone walking up to you, slapping you [saying], ‘Pay attention to me!’ It’s a great way to start the album.”
KXM doesn’t have any live dates scheduled yet, for the three band members are busy with their other projects — particularly Luzier, who is currently touring South America with Korn. “Whenever he gets some time off, KXM will make some live music,” Pinnick says. “But he has to spend some time with his family too, with his wife and two beautiful kids. So we hope one day we can do this.”
However, Pinnick isn’t wanting for work to do: He’s recorded a Jimi Hendrix tribute album that will be coming out this year, and he finished a second album with Grinder Blues, a trio he formed with The Bihlman Brothers. He’s also in discussion with Trouble’s Bruce Franklin to rekindle Supershine, which released an album back in 2000.
“I’m just working my ass off, and I like it,” says Pinnick. “People get pissed at me, saying, ‘Man, you’re taking time away from King’s X,’ but there’s nothing going on with King’s X, so what I am supposed to do — sit here and twiddle my thumbs? I’ve got to pay my bills. I can’t just sit here and die, so I work.”