When we heard Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose had started a new project, Call Me No One, we were intrigued. How does one of metal’s busiest drummers — a guy who comes off tour and goes straight into the studio — find the time to write new material let alone do a side project? Collaborating with Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowry, debut Last Parade is an eclectic batch of tunes unlike anything in the Atlanta boys’ main band, with Rose swapping thrash-tastic pummel for super-dynamic groove. The drummer was in the middle of a meeting with a new management team when we called, outlining the strategy for the remainder of year and just where Call Me No One fits into the timeline.
This whole thing has been so unconventional and it’s just amazing that we were able to pull it together. We did it musically, we did it lyrically, we did it melody-wise — wrote it, tracked it, and had it all done in three weeks. It was one of those things where we’d be writing for Sevendust and we’d come up with some cool idea and we’d say, “That’s really cool but it doesn’t fit Sevendust, so let’s bag that.” Sevendust is a pretty versatile hard rock band, but still — the elements [in it] push us in kind of one direction. Obviously a lot of the songs on Last Parade are songs that really wouldn’t fit the Sevendust mold.
The hardest thing that I had to do was to try to erase the muscle memory for Sevendust songs and play in a completely different way. My tech, Pooch, was actually a huge asset to me because he is brutally honest. I would do something for a song, and he would say, “That’s got that Sevendust thing,” and after being in Sevendust for so long to just eliminate that style of playing was a huge, huge issue for me at the beginning. It got worse as it went along, because then it became, like, Okay, I’ve got a song or two in the can that I feel good about. But then I’d go to another song and it would be similar to one of the other songs that I had already tracked. So I’ve got to try to make each one of these tracks somewhat different than the last, and at the same time, not play it the Sevendust way.
There was a point where Sevendust had toured so much over the last six years that we just decided it’s time to put the band down for a while, you know, let the people miss us. Let us miss each other. Most bands do an album cycle that lasts a year a half or so and then they take a year off. With Sevendust it was like six years of constant work where we would tour for a year or two. Actually, it was even longer than six years. We would tour for a year till we’d get off for, like, a month or two, writing during that time, then we’d go straight into the studio, record a record, mix it, and then be out before the album was even released. We did it that way for probably eight years.
Since Sevendust stopped, which was New Years Eve, we’ve run into this situation now where we’re forced to make a plan to figure out how we’re going to do this. We have to be respectful to the rest of Sevendust and to the people that support us. You can’t just say, “Okay, now we’re on Call Me No One time, so we can go tour for as long as we want and then when we’re done we’ll do a Sevendust record.” What if Call Me No One tours for a year and a half and then you stop and do a Sevendust record and have to wait for that to get set up? It could be three years before the record comes out. So we decided that we’re going to record the Sevendust record in June and July and have it in the can. It’s pretty wild.
This is the first time I’ve been home this long, and in this time I went down once to New Orleans and we wrote some music with a band down there. We performed with them and Clint has been doing the same. I think that we both might produce somebody up in Jersey in May. It’s fun to write with other people and to produce other bands. For some reason I feel — I don’t even know how this is possible — but I feel a little more at ease working on other people’s material. Not that I won’t take it as seriously as my own, but it’s just a different take. Me and Clint are so predictable with each other that when we work with somebody else it’s like it’s new to them.
We changed management again. That’s number [counting to himself] one, two, three, four. Yeah, it’s the fourth management change that we’ve had in our career. This was an amicable split and I’m extremely close with the guys that managed us before and I continue to be really close with them — the president of the company is like a father to me. But we have a manager now that we’re really excited to be working with. And we switched agents again. I don’t even want to count how many times we’ve done that, but that was actually a pretty amicable split as well. So, I think that it changed my view of the business in that you can actually make changes without it being such a war.