Hollywood Undead are gearing up to release their third studio album, 'Notes From the Underground' in 2013. With another year coming our way, rock and metal acts from around the world will attempt to create the biggest buzz of the year, capturing the spotlight for themselves and their music. To give Hollywood Undead a little extra boost for the new single 'We Are,' the band has recruited Slipknot's Shawn 'Clown' Crahan to direct the song's music video.
Waiting patiently outside of the band trailers during the 2012 Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal, Canada, we couldn't help but feel anxiously elated that we were about to speak with Slipknot percussionist / backup vocalist Shawn 'Clown' Crahan. After he allowed us into his den, we spoke with Clown about the past, present and future of Slipknot in an interview you won't want to miss.
Shawn 'Clown' Crahan is one of the most renowned members of Slipknot. The percussionist and backing vocalist has dawned many different clown masks during his tenure with the band, all of them being some of the most memorable metal disguises in Slipknot's long history. You may consider Crahan to be irreplaceable, but Clown has plans for a worthy successor to to take over his role when he retires -- his son, Gage Crahan.
Slipknot has been holding off on talk of a new record while they continue to get used to life without bassist and major musical inspiration Paul Gray. But the hesitation about continuing their career that was prominent in the year following the bassist's death is starting to turn to inspiration and a desire by the band members to cope with their feelings through writing.
Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan talks about his disdain for greatest hits albums and why their forthcoming retrospective 'Antennas to Hell' is so much more. In his typically candid fashion, Crahan also talks about why temporary bassist Donnie Steele will remain off stage while playing with the band.