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Matt Pike Has Studio Plans For High On Fire & Sleep, Fears America Is Becoming “Nazi Fucking Germany”


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Matt Pike of High On Fire/Sleep was recently interviewed by CBS San Francisco and shared word of the current progress on new albums from both of his outfits. Regarding the new Sleep album, he said:

“We need to have a few more boot camps in between now and when we’re going to try to record in March. We don’t even know who we’re putting it out with or how we’re going to fund that or whatever. But I do know once we have a finished product, a lot of people are going to buy that up. It’s just a matter of working it out. We have a lot of really, really good tunes. We’re just trying to get to the point where we’re comfortable recording that.

So we have that deadline. And I don’t want Sleep and High On Fire to both have albums coming out at the same time, so I’m going to be recording with High On Fire right after that. We’ll get the Sleep album out and do a little tour with Sleep when that pops up, and then get the High On Fire record out and do extensive touring with High On Fire.

It’s hard to schedule all that shit because you inevitably run into some red tape or some bullshit that slows things down a bit. I’m trying to do a lot and I think I’m doing a good job of making all that happen and the guys I’m playing with are doing a good job of making it happen. There just has to be an open line of communication when it comes to scheduling.”

He continued:

“I want to finish the Sleep one in March and then finish the High On Fire one in June. That way they can be staggered as far as when they come out. We’ve got bills to pay on both sides and families to feed on both sides, so I’ve got to make sure everybody is operable and working. It’s kind of a difficult thing, but whatever. It’s kind of how my life is anyway.”

Pike is also known for having colorful views when it comes to politics, secret societies and conspiracies. During the conversation he launched into the following rant on that after discussing some time in at Zion National Park in Utah:

“Me and a friend of mine rented a cabin in Zion National Park and then drove back. It was three of my friends, all my buddies, and we had a few chicks up there with us and we had a really good time. I gotta like come back down to earth after all that, so it was good to go up there to the cabin and hike around, go swimming and relax for a minute. Eventually some douchebag president is going to close all the national parks, so I’m trying to get to all of them if I can.

Before it all turns to shit. It’s going to happen soon, too. Unless a bunch of us fucking stand up and say something, we’re going to get past the point of doing anything about it. I believe our wisdom and our love can conquer their might, but enough of us have to be together. It’s not the might that I fear or the death that I fear; I fear for our children. We’re setting it up to be Nazi fucking Germany. That’s what I fear.

And it’s right in front of everybody’s faces and everybody thinks its a conspiracy theory. It’s no longer a theory dude. It’s fucking fact! Our constitution is pissed on. Our Bill of Rights is pissed on. With everything that’s happened since 9/11, it’s a fucking different place in the world. And we’re not free. The thing that they’re running on, “We’ll keep America safe!” You don’t want to keep me fucking safe! I can take care of myself. You can send me out into the wild and I’ll feed myself. But my liberty, that’s the thing you’re supposed to protect. It’s like Henry VIII all over again.

It’s not even him! He’s just a puppet. It’s a fucking mess. But I’ve been singing about it and singing about it long enough, I don’t think anybody can listen anymore, or pay attention. Because everybody is so busy with Instagram, Facebook, football and every douchebag thing that happens when he’s signing executive orders on New Year’s Eve and sneaking shit past the public.

It’s just ridiculous. I don’t know. I don’t know how much more faith I have in even doing anything about it. And I think that’s the way they want us. Voting? Last time I voted, that was a mistake. Am I getting to political for you?”

He further replied:

“I’m sorry. I go off on tangents. If you don’t direct my conversation, I’ll just keep talking. I do so many interviews, I just start rattling on about the things that are on my mind instead of answering questions…”

High On Fire will be touring this fall with Meshuggah.

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