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Mastodon: "Acid Is The Best Drug In The World"
The Quietus , April 2nd, 2009 04:53

Heavy metallers took drug at school

After fans criticised last album Blood Mountain for a lack of focus, Mastodon looked to resolve the issue by centering new full-length Crack The Skye around “a unified concept in which an astral traveller wanders the spirit realm, exploring themes from quantum physics to Czarist Russia.”

So I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that Mastodon have been extolling the virtues of acid to Rolling Stone, telling the magazine they’ve been using the drug for inspiration since adolescence.

“Acid is the best drug in the world,” proclaimed the band’s guitarist and vocalist Brent Hinds. “It did the most amazing things for my creative psyche and it still is doing things for me.”

The extract from the article, posted by Dosenation and due to run in the next issue of Rolling Stone, then claims that drummer Brann Dailor “tripped almost non-stop from the age of 14 until his early 20s” in an effort to escape an “operatically awful childhood”.

“I went to high school on acid,” Dailor says. “Droppers filled with liquid acid on my tongue and just going for it, fully exiting what I consider to be an earthly plane.

“And when the acid wore off, I had a connection with that kind of music, with Frank Zappa and Yes and King Crimson.”

The band also claim that their lyrics (example – ‘Seabeast’ from 2004’s Leviathan: “Dear Mr. Queequeg you have been informed your life's been saved / You are not a black-hearted vicious mess so it has been claimed") are drafted after “doing too much” of the drug.