By Greg Prato
Since 1996, MOTÖRHEAD has been cranking out a new studio album every two years. But it's been three years since their last album dropped, The Wörld Is Yours, and their forthcoming untitled disc (thirteenth overall) will break that trend.
"We've got eleven songs so far," explains longtime Motörhead growler/bassist Lemmy Kilmister. "I'm just writing words to them at the moment, and putting bass and vocals on the tracks. So we'll see - it will take a little while. It's going all right though. I did two tracks yesterday."
Confirmed song titles that Lemmy was willing to offer up are 'Outsider' and 'Silence When You Speak to Me'. Also, Cameron Webb is confirmed as the album's producer (the same gentleman that has either produced or co-produced the last few Motörhead albums). When asked about a release date, Lemmy simply replied, "We've got to get it out by the end of the summer."
Lemmy was also willing to discuss a few recent non-musical Motörhead projects, including Motörheadphones. "Somebody said, 'What about some Motörheadphones?' And we said, 'OK!' There's not much of a story to that." Lemmy also explained the difference between Motörheadphones and other popular artist-endorsed headphones, such as Beats by DR. DRE. "It's a change from the hip-hop stuff. It's for people that like to hear all the instruments, not just the bass drum and the bass guitar."
And let's not forget the recently unveiled alcoholic beverage, Motörhead Shiraz, of which Lemmy pointed out is only the first of several additional selections on the horizon. "Oh, we've got vodka and bourbon coming soon. Old snakebite bourbon. We have a range of intoxicants." As of now, Motörhead Shiraz is only available for retail purchase in Europe, but Lemmy hopes that stateside sippers will soon be able to wet their whistle. "We're trying to see if there are any independents [distributors] to try and get a hold of. There aren't many of them left. So we've just got to play it by ear and see what happens."
Lastly, Lemmy was willing to give his two cents about the current state of rock n' roll. "Rock n' roll will be OK. Rock n' roll feeds on itself. The Top 40 is always crap, and the good stuff is in the garage. It's just that nowadays, you can't have a straight breakout, because people have bought up all the rock stations. And the genius and greed - they fuck it up, you know? Because ELVIS couldn't happen now like he did in the '50s. He couldn't happen now, because he had a regional hit in Louisiana and away he went. But he couldn't do it now, so it's a shame. It's been taken away. But there are other opportunities that open up as some go down - it will always be OK. There will always be some spotty, pissed off band in a garage somewhere, with cheap Japanese guitars, ready to bash your head in - as it should be."
Lemmy will be appearing with his rockabilly band, the HEAD CAT, on March 10th, as part of the 6th Annual Musink Festival, in Costa Mesa, California.
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