Limp Bizkit are returning to Australia soon for their first ever headline shows. The band are in the process of putting together their next studio record Stampede of the Disco Elephant through Cash Money records. We had a chat to guitarist Wes Borland about the tour and the upcoming record.
Putting together your next album, Stampede of the Disco Elephant has been a long process, where is it all at now?
We’re done with drums and bass and most of the guitars and some of the vocals. I would say it’s 75-80% done at the moment. We’re just moving on a bit more with it every day at the moment, it takes us fucking forever to make an album. Probably before the album comes out we’ll end up releasing maybe another single off of it and possibly another video to have a little bit more content out. It all got pushed back this year far enough to where it doesn’t make sense to release it this year anymore so we’ll push it to first or second quarter of next year. But it’s well on its way.
What has the recording process been like this time around?
There’s been two major in-studio sessions doing bass and drums and then a lot of home studio work outside of those sessions. We’ve been working at my own studio and Fred’s (Durst) home studio, which both are well equipped with pro tools and amp set ups and all that. There’s a lot of tinkering and icing on the cake sort of stuff happening. I’ve also been doing some mixing and stuff before we hand it over to someone to finalise everything.
So you must be happy with how the entire process is turning out? Has it been enjoyable?
Yeah, it’s fun. It’s a fun album. There’s some weird elements that haven’t been that natural since the first record we did. There’s a bit of horse play and fooling around and some other stuff we haven’t done in a long time, it’s refreshing. It has been fun to see where this takes us and I’m looking forward to people hearing it.
For the most part you guys have stayed true to your sound since the beginning, has there ever been pressure on you guys to do otherwise?
We just do what we do naturally. We don’t try to reinvent ourselves or be something we’re not. I think that’s in some ways been important for us. We’ve seen so many bands try to adjust to look relevant in modern times, and I think that can be a death blow if you try to run away from who you are. I think we’re just comfortable with who we are and what we do. I think it’s always important for people to push themselves to do new things, but not for the sake of doing something new, it should be pushing yourself to get better at what you do.
So this is the first record without DJ Lethal, how are things since his departure?
Well we never really wrote with him that much in the past anyway. Usually the albums were written just bass, drums and guitar. We saw Lethal as a secondary member when it came to recording anyway, and I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re not happy with working with him right now, because he hasn’t been crucial in making albums in the past. I think that there’s a lot of reasons why we’re not working with him anymore and who knows if that will be the case in the future, but right now we’re just happy with it being just the four of us.
You’ve moved to Cash Money records for the album, how have the been to you so far?
They’re really supportive. When I say that, it’s like they’re just happy for us to do whatever we want and they’re very excited about it. It kind of feels like we’re a standout in some way on their label because we’re the only rock band on their. It’s kind of fun to watch them freak out, we had a lot of them come out to our shows and they had not seen mosh pits and crowds of that intensity before. It was cool to talk to them to hear what they saw from their eyes and they were freeeeeaked out! In a good way, and that was cool. I mean they’re one of the only labels that are doing really well right now as far as making a business out of selling albums.
How have you found the reception to Ready To Go?
People really like it. Whenever someone doesn’t like it I think it’s weird that they don’t like it if they like us. It’s very us, it sounds like us and it was very natural to make. I’ve been surprised by people not liking Lil Wayne being involved, I think it’s a great verse and he did a great job and we were really excited to have him involved. I don’t know, if a Limp Bizkit fan doesn’t like that song, I don’t know why they’re listening to us in the first place.
What was it like working with Lil Wayne? What is he like as a person?
It was fun, I got to go skateboarding at his house on the top of his roof. He has a skate park built on the roof of his house in Miami and I cut my knee there. But it was definitely a fun experience hanging out with him and getting to know him. He’s a very gracious guy and it was a great experience for us.
You’re returning to Australia soon, what can we expect this time around from your live performances?
Well our last performances were festival shows, so the set was tight and kept to the singles for the most part, because at festivals you’re playing to a diverse audience. But with these headline shows, which will be the first we’ve done in Australia, we have a lot more fun and we play for longer and we play things that we want to play. From show to show the set will change every night. It will include songs that we haven’t played in years.
Do you have your costume picked out for the tour yet?
I do, I do. You haven’t seen anything like it before on stage from any band ever in the history of the world. It’s fucking insane, it’s the first time I’ve ever worked with a special effects company on a costume and it has exceeded my expectations. It’s really fucking cool, and I say that will all humility. It’s fucking awesome, with no ego, I say that it’s amazing! I can’t wait for you to see it. I’ll be wearing it this week at the League Of Legends world championships and that will be the first time that anyone has seen it. It’s like all the costumes I’ve ever had put in a blender and then made into version 10.0. This is the costume from like seven years from now… today! If that makes any sense.
Catch Limp Bizkit on their Australian tour this month
25 – Riverstage, Brisbane – www.ticketmaster.com.au
26 – Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney – www.ticketmaster.com.au
27 – Festival Hall, Melbourne – www.ticketmaster.com.au
29 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide – www.venuetix.com.au
31 – Metro City, Perth – www.oztix.com.au