Wes Borland

Wes Borland Speaks On Limp Bizkit’s New Album, The Return Of Black Light Burns, Upcoming Korn Tour, Etc.


Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland had a lot to say in a recent interview with NME. The main topic of the discussion was Borland‘s upcoming sophomore album from his Big Dumb Face project. That effort, “Where Is Duke Lion? He’s Dead…“, will be released on Halloween, October 31st. Notably Borland confirmed during the chat that he is working on a music video for “Jesus Retreats” from the outing.

Meanwhile, the oft-delayed new album from Limp Bizkit, “Stampede Of The Disco Elephants” was also brought up, with Borland providing the following update on its current status:

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“I don’t know. I did what I was going to do on it over the past few years, and I think Fred’s just trying to figure out what he wants to do. I know he’s in a studio working on it right now, but I’m not sure what he’s doing.

I’m basically waiting for him to finish something so that I can take it and starting mixing and editing it into whatever it’s going to be. We did so many sessions – there’s 28 or 29 songs, and whatever he chooses out of that to do vocals on, I’ll take that and work on it at my house and turn it into a record.”

When asked what it was sounding like, Borland replied: “I mean, it sounds like ‘Gold Cobra‘ or ‘Chocolate Starfish‘. It’s the same sound. It’s not breaking down any new barriers.”

Borland also spoke of his fame in Limp Bizkit being, as he put it, a double-edged sword:

“…It’s a double-edged sword. Being in Limp Bizkit has done a lot of great things for me, but it’s also hurt my career in a lot of ways too. So I get asked a lot if I regret it and yeah, some parts of me think maybe it would have been better had I never joined the band and got signed, because I would probably not have the same level of success, but I would maybe be doing something different and not be infamous.

It definitely has cost me jobs – like working with other musicians. And it’s definitely been destructive to my wife’s indie band, Queen Kwong [which Borland is a member of] – having me associated with it has cost her.”

When asked why the Limp Bizkit name can be seen as being so toxic, he offered:

“I just think it was way too much. It was too much in people’s faces for too long. I think Fred’s romance with celebrity was really toxic and he realizes that now. But you know, when you’re in your 20s and all this shit’s happening, you’re like ‘Yeah, I’m going to do that!’. When everything’s as crazy as it was for us and blowing up, we were fucking kids and we acted like kids. Then this arrested development happens where you stop maturing into an adult and become this complete bozo. And yeah, it bit us in the ass.”

Meanwhile, he also revealed his upcoming slate of projects, which include another solo album, a Queen Kwong record, the resurrection of Black Light Burns and an apparent Australian tour alongside Korn with Limp Bizkit. He said of his future plans:

“The Big Dumb Face record comes out on Halloween, then I’m jumping into ‘The Astral Hand’, which is a sequel to a solo record called ‘Crystal Machete‘ that I put out last year, which will be released in April. The new Queen Kwong record comes out then, which I’ve mixed and played on a little bit.

I’m doing a new Black Light Burns record after that – because I said I’d never do that again. (Laughs) – which will probably come out in June. I think Bizkit and Korn are doing Australia in March, and we’ll be doing a bunch of summer stuff.”

The rest of the interview finds him discussing Trump, his short time in Nine Inch Nails, JJ Abrams being a Limp Bizkit fan and more. You can find it at NME.

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