Machine Head’s Robb Flynn Explains Why The Band Decided To Cover Ignite


Machine Head frontman/guitarist Robb Flynn has explained the bands decision to cover Ignite‘s “Our Darkest Days“/”Bleeding” on their impending new ‘Record Store Day‘ “Killers & Kings” 10″ that is out this Saturday, April 19th. He goes into detail of how he was introduced to the band and the song in question as part of the latest entry in his The General Journals series. Head below for an excerpt from that:

“Sometime in late 2006, during the recording of “The Blackening,” I read a Revolver Magazine review of Ignite‘s – “Our Darkest Days” album by a friend of mine named Amy Sciaretto. Amy worked at Roadrunner back then, and she had always been a big supporter of our band. Ignite wasn’t a Roadrunner band so the review itself didn’t feel like there was some hype behind it.

It was a good (re: positive) review, but when she spoke about the political / “fuck you” nature of the lyrics, it struck me. I had heard of Ignite, we played a few festival dates together sometime in the 90’s. I do however vaguely remember talking to one of the guys at the Dynamo Festival in ‘97; well “remember” is a strong word. I was so high on ecstasy and vodka, I couldn’t tell you what the hell we talked about, though I remember thinking that he was cool. But that was it; that was my only experience with the band as I never heard any of the records.

I’ve always loved punk rock, some of the first bands I ever got into we’re punk bands. The incredible first Suicidal Tendencies record, the mind-blowing Discharge album “Hear Nothing, Say Nothing, See Nothing,” the “Violent Pacification” EP and “Dealing With It” by D.R.I., Cro-MagsAge Of Quarrel“, GBH – “Leather Bristles, Studs, and Acne,” and one of my favorite punk albums of all time FEAR – “The Record.”

Back then bands were discontent, they were angry with the way things were, and they sang about. They were there to agitate, to scare, to provoke, sometimes brutishly, always honestly, occasionally even quite eloquently. They were not trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator; in fact, they hated the lowest common denominator.

It was a lot different than today’s bands.

Something about the “fuck you,” “fuck the government,” and “fuck everyone” attitude always appealed to me. These lo-fi recording didn’t have the heaviest guitar tones or the tightest playing, but they had fucking attitude and fucking balls. They spoke to me in ways “normal” records didn’t….”

You can read more on that here.

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