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DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara Urges Metal Bands To Start Releasing New Albums More Frequently


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DevilDriver/Coal Chamber, etc. frontman Dez Fafara has been commenting lately on his plans to be more prolific with material from DevilDriver in the coming years. In a recent interview with ‘The Metal Teddy Bear Experience‘ for 90.3 WMSC he expounded upon why he feels the metal scene in general also needs to step up.

In the interview, which you can hear below, he was asked about any potential plans for DevilDriver doing a 15th anniversary show for their self-titled debut album. In response to that, Fafara explained not only why he’s isn’t interested in such a show at the moment, but also his current outlook on the alleged state of complacency in the heavy metal scene:

“No man, I’m just…I don’t look at the rear-view. That’s part and parcel to keeping yourself relevant and keeping a career going. You don’t look at the rear-view and until it’s time to look at the rear-view and right now it’s not the time to look into the rear-view. We are releasing this record, [‘Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol.1.]

We’re in the studio right now recording 25 songs for a double record that will be a concept– a double album concept record staggered release. So you’re going to get a release every 15-18 months from DevilDriver, from here on out in my career. Part of the reason is that a lot of people are really saying “hey, a lot of people aren’t going to heavy metal shows anymore, heavy metal’s not selling, metal and rock are taking a big hit”, which is true.

So, if you leave a plant and don’t water it…you water it every 4 years, 5 years, make a record every 4 or 5 years, don’t you think that plant is going to die? So, what I’m saying to everybody in the scene right now, if you make a record every 3, 4, 5 years, you need to kick it up, get with me, get it every 15 months to 2 years, start building this scene back up. All of us, all of us are responsible. So that’s what DevilDriver is doing right now and I’m making a concerted effort to kick it up.”

When asked if he feels singles and EPs can help out with that, he replied:

“No, I think singles and EP’s are a total waste of time. They go completely unrecognized. You get one or two songs, three songs, they listen for a week or two and then they’re done. But for some reason, when the get a record of 7-8 songs, they live with it for a year, year and a half. It’s the craziest thing and you can see it in sales.

Bands that released EP’s, you go look at sales, nobody buys them. You add 5 songs to that, it’s a record, everybody buys it. Why is that? It’s a strange, strange thing happening in music right now. But I’m staying way, way from the “releasing singles”, releasing EP’s. I’m staying away from that. That’s not where we need to go..at all.

That’s not where we need to go at all. Everybody starts to need…make music, right? What’s the problem? Why can’t you create?…8, 9, 10, 11 songs once every 15-18 months, what is the problem? Why are bands having a hard time getting 12 songs out every 3 – 4 years? What is the deal? I can’t fathom it. I wrote two songs this morning before most people were awake. That is what a musician does.

Yeah and I mean it’s okay man, I don’t mind stepping on everybody’s toes who’s listening to me right now because ya’ll need to kick it up. Ya’ll need to kick it up, we all need to help this scene, we all need to foster our scene, we all need to be part of our scene and to be part of it, you need to be kick it, releasing records, y’know?

It’s the same thing for the newer/younger bands, they’re doing the same thing too, a record every three years. You think you’re going to get a career out of that? Nah. That’s why so many bands are like “oh, they came up. Where’d they go?” Well you haven’t heard from them. They released a record 3 years later, no one cared.

Here’s the thing, kid goes into high school, freshman year, gets a great record, falls in love with the band, wears the t-shirt daily. Doesn’t get another record until he graduates? Don’t you think that’s ridiculous? That’s where we are at right now and I’m pointing the finger. It’s time to kick it up.”

DevilDriver themselves released a star-studded album of outlaw country covers titled “Outlaws ‘Til The End: Vol. I” last week. Members of Lamb Of God, Fear Factory and more are among the guests on it.

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