Rob Zombie spoke to Revolver about his forthcoming studio album, which will arrive later this year via the iconic rocker’s new record label, Nuclear Blast Records.
“The record is done, and now we’re just figuring out how to release [it], and deal with [it] while still being on tour,” Zombie explained. “With a record, even though MTV and all these old concepts are gone, you still need to make a shit-ton of video content, because that’s how people get to the music. So it’s just a matter of figuring out how to find time to do all that.”
According to Rob, there are no plans for him to preview any songs from the disc on the “Twins Of Evil” tour with MARILYN MANSON. “Absolutely not,” he said. “First of all, nobody wants to go to concerts and hear songs they don’t know. Nobody — and if they say they do, they’re full of shit! Second, if you do that, everybody films it and puts it on YouTube, and starts prejudging something they don’t even know about. When we do put it out, we’ll put it out perfectly: You’ll have your record, your artwork, your videos and yada, yada, yada.”
Asked if making an album still has the same meaning for him as it did 30 years ago, Rob said: “Um, yes and no. Artistically, creating the songs feels better than ever — like, it’s more fun to make a record, and to get together with the guys in the band. The band I have now, we’ve all been together a long time — this is the longest I’ve ever worked with the same group of people in my life, and [guitarist] John 5 is the musician I’ve worked with longer than anyone, ever. I think we’ve been working together for, I don’t know what it is, 14 years or something? So that part of it, creating music, is great. And when we play live, our new and our old songs blend together in a way that, if you didn’t know any of our songs, you wouldn’t know the difference, because our fans are so reactive. A newer song, like ‘Well, Everybody’s Fucking In A U.F.O.’, will get as big of a reaction during our show as ‘Dragula’, and I dig that. But as far as releasing records, where it’s this big deal, like, ‘Oh my god, your billboard is in front of Tower Records, and you’re gonna do an in-store, and 5,000 people are gonna show up!’ —That sort of thing is gone. It does sort of seem like you’re releasing it in a vacuum. But at the same time, you make these videos, they go on YouTube, and you go, ‘Oh, look, 40 million views! I don’t remember getting 40 million spins on MTV …’
“So, in some ways, more people are enjoying your music — you just don’t feel it until you finally play a show. So it’s all good. It’s just different. I can’t complain about the music business. When I hear people complain about it, I just want to jump out a window. It is what it is, and it’s all good. [Laughs] It’s always changing, man. And if you’re gonna sit around and complain about the changes, the friggin’ parade is going to pass you by.
Last year, John 5 compared ROB ZOMBIE‘s upcoming album to THE BEATLES‘ groundbreaking LP “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, saying that it is “by far the best Zombie record that he’s ever done.” He added: “A lot of people say, ‘Oh, it’s just our greatest record,’ and I don’t say that. Whatever I say is so honest when I’m doing interviews. So I think it’s our best record.”
2016’s “The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser” was the second consecutive effort to feature Zombie and John 5 alongside bassist Piggy D. and drummer Ginger Fish.