Let's get right to business. On the road for Mayhem Fest, fresh off putting the polishing touches on a new record due out in the fall, three members of the Texas Hippie Coalition were gracious enough to sit down with us (again) to take on a few questions. We corralled the red dirt metallers long enough to talk their new record, the theory of their music and old-school recording techniques. Read on:
CORD POOL: Some older-style stuff.
JE: We kinda went back to the first album, “Pride of Texas,” got a little more raw, a little grittier. Got to go up and write with a great dude, Skip Mills who’s responsible for Saving Abel and writes for them. Wrote part of the album with him, wrote part of the album with Bob Marlette. My man Cord just kicked it, he’s responsible for the whole darn thing. Just look at him. It’s all Cord.
CP: I had a piece of it.
TB: Yeah, with him we’re down to one guitar player.
JE: You’ve seen us go through it, had two then one then two, and now we’ve just got one and we’re keeping him. I won him in a poker game from his daddy, so he can’t go anywhere [laughs].
CP: I ain’t leaving.
TB: And yes, that is the expectation.
JE: It’s encouraging when the label gets to you and says ‘we’ve got twelve great songs here, and we don’t know which one we want to push as the single yet.’
TB: And that’s the ones that we don’t like as much, maybe.
JE: Yeah, they’ll ask us what we think and then go the other way [laughs]. They sent out three undetermined tracks, didn’t tell us what they were, to several different radio stations and told them to decide what they wanted. So we’ll find out next week.
TB: Obviously it’s pumped up a little bit. During a headline tour, it’s going to be a little bit of a difference. This festival stuff is pretty cool.
JE: You’re out there with Mushroomhead, they’re killing it every night. You got Body Count, just murdering. I mean, Ice-T, fuck that’s Ice-T, man!
TB: We have to miss them most of the time.
CP: Our press time is almost always when they’re playing.
JE: Out of all the bands, Korn and Body Count is who I look forward to the most.
CP: There are some familiar faces.
JE: We know a few people, but we’ve made so many friends here, it’s awesome. The one thing about Mayhem is, you may have all these bands here, but it’s one big family.
JE: We just do what we do. We’re old fashioned that way. We plug into amps just like they used to do it, like Led Zeppelin did, just bust it off. We’re all about technology, Timmy knows a lot about stuff like that, Cord’ll sit down on his phone and say ‘hey, look what I did,’ and he’ll create Mumford and Sons on his phone [laughs]. We love the technology, but at the end of the day, we just plug in and go.
JE: “Pride of Texas” and “Rollin’,” they locked us in a room and we just knocked it out. “Rollin’,” I think we had the whole thing knocked out except the solos in about three hours. It’s a lot different feel. If you can capture that live feel, the crowd likes it more, you can feel all the artists in the room.
JE: We’ve played there several times, but Austin’s got its own little thing going on. We were fortunate to be able to go down there and be part of South by Southwest.
TB: Some of those red dirt bands down there coined the phrase ‘red dirt metal’ for us to describe our sound. In that way, it’s affected us.
JE: We listen to some country. I’ll drive them dudes crazy ‘cause I’ll listen to some Hank III and just blare it. Get up boys, time to go!
CP: I probably wouldn’t ever play country again, because that’s the only bands I played in before this one. I like metal, and I’m gonna stick with it.
JE: We listen to all kinds of music. You come on the bus one day you’ll hear classical, one day you’ll hear country, one day you’ll hear rap. It just all depends on who’s running it.