Exclusive Interview: Joey Jordison (Murderdolls)

MusicReview had the privilege of chatting to Joey Jordison from Slipknot and the Murderdolls. Bret spoke to Joey about the new Murderdolls album, writing and playing with Wednesday 13 again, and a possible South African tour. This is one interview you don’t want to miss!

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Is this version of the Murderdolls more violent and dangerous than its predecessor?

Hell yeah! The first one was just kind of campy and fun; this one is definitely more dangerous.

Women and Children Last is distinctively heavier than Beyond The Valley of the Murderdolls. Do you think this change might upset some of your older fans who enjoyed the glam/horror punk sound of before?

‘Summertime Suicide’, ‘Blood-Stained Valentine’, ‘Homicide Drive’ and ‘Chapel of Blood’ [tracks off of Women and Children Last]; those are all more stories, we’re not writing anything from Frankenstein or Dracula or Dawn of the Dead anymore. The first album was great – and I love it for what it was – but I’m not repeating what we’ve done before. The new record is obviously a lot more heavier and a lot more direct; just the way I wanted the Murderdolls to sound. You know, when we did the first one [album], we just wanted to go out and have fun – we didn’t really care about a direction overall. Whereas now, we’ve been working on a direction for about a couple of years now.

Did you and Wednesday write the album from scratch or did you both bring out some old ideas, which you had working around the first album?

No, we worked on everything from scratch. There is nothing from our old record or leftovers or anything. Everything was created here. This is the first time me and him sat down and wrote together.

The first record was a combination of songs I wrote for my old band and then songs from his old band, Frankenstein Drag Queens. We kind of just pieced it together, so I always consider it to be more of a glorified demo, as to where with us writing this record together [now], this is really the first Murderdolls record.

Mick Mars from Motley Crüe played guitar on two of your tracks. Are there any more surprises or guests that we can expect on the album?

No, that’s it. That’s the only one.

Great. How did it feel to hit the stage with Wednesday again after all these years? Was there any fear or pre-show jitters?

No, no, absolutely not. When we hit those first two shows, those were better than any Murderdolls shows that we ever did during the whole year-and-a-half, almost two-year run of the first record. The whole band is different now; we have a different attitude and we’re way more aggressive. Wednesday is a completely different singer than he was before. I’m a way better guitar player. The band that we put together is way more lethal, so I think people are gonna be really surprised.

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Last time around, Beyond The Valley of the Murderdolls seemed to be more popular on foreign shores than the US. What have you guys done differently this time around to ensure that you conquer the US?

I think at the time we did that…Slipknot have never been a Nu-Metal band at all, but it was during that time when that type of music was still out there, so what we did was completely a 180 from what the American scene was like. So I think right now…now that we’re heavier, the songs are more catchy, they’re actual songs now – instead of like a minute and a half/two minute horror punk songs – this is gonna turn some heads in the American community for sure.

In a previous interview, you guys have mentioned an upcoming world tour for Murderdolls. Is there any chance that South Africa could be on the cards?

Dude, that is one place I’ve always wanted to play and Slipknot have never made it down there. So I’m going to see if I can make it a priority for Murderdolls to get down there.

Excellent. What would it take to get you guys to come down here?

As long as there’s fans and a good fan-base. And if we’re financially able to get down there, there is no reason why we shouldn’t come – because I’ve heard the scene down there is awesome.

The scene here is awesome and we’d love to see you here. Just one final question, the Murderdolls are releasing a special limited edition album pack [of Women and Children Last] called the First Aid Kit. Can you just let us know more about it? What is in there? I’ve heard there may be an autograph or two…

Yeah, we’re not totally finalised on what it’s going to have. It’ll [probably] have like a shot glass or a necklace, a patch, a specific T-shirt and a special edition of the CD – and a couple of other things that will be in it. We haven’t totally figured out exactly what it’s going to be yet.

Seriously, it’s been boring since you guys have been away. How can you not love a band that sings about shagging corpses and killing Miss America? Thank you so much for your time and take care.

Sure, man. Cheers.

Women and Children Last comes out on 31 August 2010 via Roadrunner Records.

- Bret Dugmore
- Sergio Pereira
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Written by Sergio Pereira