From their ongoing legal dispute with ex-guitarist Mick Mars to their incredibly busy tour schedule throughout the year, there seems to be a lot going on behind the scenes with Mötley Crüe. Yet if you ask guitarist John 5 what he’s most excited about as the newest band member, there’s only one thing that stands out: the new music.
“I don’t know when it’s gonna come out, but everything is a plan. Everything is mapped out and structured, and everything is, ‘We’re gonna do it here and there,’ and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. So the songs are recorded, mixed, mastered. And they’re so good. I can’t wait for them to come out. They’re so good. I’m really excited about ’em.
“Who knows what’s going to happen? I don’t know if we’ll just release singles or an album. It’s up to those guys, so I don’t know. We just record and see what happens. But these songs that we recorded are so good; they’re heavy and the melodies and everybody’s just killing it on these songs.”
The fact that the songs are already done being mixed and mastered is interesting, as bassist Nikki Sixx revealed that the songs were entering the mixing stage back in May. The fact that the band isn’t sure if they’re going to stick with a full album release or follow some other artists in only releasing singles moving forward is an interesting wrinkle in their apparent plans as well.
We’ve known for a while now that the Crüe were working on new music with producer Bob Rock behind the control boards, but John 5 also shed a little light into the writing process. And apparently, it’s all made a lot easier since he’s already got experience working with most of the band in other projects.
“We all sat in a room and did it together. ‘Cause me and Nikki [Sixx, Mötley Crüe bassist] have written for years and years and years together. So it was nothing new. And me and Tommy [Lee, Mötley Crüe drummer] worked in the studio together many times as well. So it was nothing new being in the studio, but it was new with Bob Rock.
“What was so wild was we got in a room… It was like total old school, man,” he explained. “You get in the live room and there’s my amp and there’s Nikki’s amp and there’s Tommy’s drums, there’s a mic… ‘Cause I’m so used to just playing in the control room. And it’s, like, ‘Oh no, no, no. We’re all gonna get in this room and we’re gonna play.’ And that’s how we recorded. It was incredible. I’ve never recorded that way. And it was maybe one of the best experiences I had recording. It was so fun. It was a blast. I had to, like, make notes and all this stuff, and we just played through it. It was incredible.”
We’ll have to see how this all shakes out, as the newly recorded songs will be the band’s first without Mars on guitar.