Sam: We waited a
long time for the new C.O.C. album, but it was worth it,
why did it take so long for the new album to be put
Mike: "Pretty much a little band
called Down making a record, and a Down record kinda
begot a Down tour, which kinda begot a bunch of
downtime for us. Then once we got started it took
awhile to get a patch of songs we were interested in
really pursuing. All that added up to about four and
a half years."
Sam: How's the new drummer working
out on the road?
Mike: "Pretty well, we're still
working Stanton in where we can, he's gonna come out
and play, he's gonna do Europe with us in the fall.
And he's coming out for a week in June, and a week in
July, he's gonna come play with us. We're gonna have
the tag-team drummers again, the James Brown approch
this summer, then Stanton is gonna go with us in Europe.
Jason's hangin' in there too, he's soundin' good."
Sam: I saw the 'Stonebreaker' video,
it looked pretty Sabbathy, like you guys had a 70's
vibe going on in there.
Mike: "Yeah, I mean, basically,
we just kinda went and pretended to play music in a
a bluescreen soundstage in New Orleans. We didn't
really know what it was going to look like until
computer boy put it in the computer, and that's how
it came out, but I was kinda happy with it so...you
know. I saw all these flyers..I heard that they were
playing it occasionally on M2 or something, at least
on Headbanger's Ball. So, I was in the conveinence
store, think he's got way more channels than I do
at the house, and I saw M2, and the VJ was sitting
there introducing some video I've never heard of, but
in the background they were using all that fire and
lava and stuff. When you send them your video they can
just use whatever they want whenever they want for it."
Mike: "Yeah, they're introducing
whatever and...stop using our fire!"
Sam: So you guys are touring with
Crowbar, Alabama Thunderpussy, and Weedeater?
Mike: "Yeah, and I think we may
have a couple of different acts, Fu Manchu is going
to be playing when we get out west for a little, but
generally that's West Coast. Crowbar is up for the
whole thing, for certain."
Sam: Are you guys changing up
Mike: "Yeah, absolutely, it's
kinda like, right now we've got Stanton and Pepper in
New Orleans jamming, and Woody, Jason and I are up
here rehearsing and every day we get a call about
something different. It's like 20, 30 songs we're
working on, and every day we get a call from them, like
'oh you've gotta do this, and the Led Zeppelin cover
Sam: Zeppelin cover?
Mike: "For example, that's just
one of many, many suggestions from down there...they're
a little bit manic...not really, maybe just with
suggestions, apparently it seems like they're planning
to play for at least 3 or 4 hours."
Sam: How long do you think you
guys will actually be playing?
Mike: "After all those heavy
bands? I couldn't see it going on really for more than
about an hour and a half, an hour 20."
Sam: How's that record you were
working on coming along?
Mike: "Oh, Earthride, pretty good,
about to send it to the mastering expert, Mr. Seva who
has mastered such diverse releases as the last 2 Dolly
Parton records and Place Of Skulls...
Sam: wow, that is pretty diverse...
Mike: "..C.O.C. He's there in the
Great Smokey mountains in Knoxville, TN. I guess Dolly
didn't want to go too far from Dollywood..or wherever