“Clown hit me up, he was, like, ‘Hey, we’re gonna start working on some music. Are you down?’” Corey reflected in May of how the band began work on their new album, “I was like, ‘Absolutely. Start sending me some stuff, and we’ll start figuring it out.’
“So they started putting together some rad music, man – really cool stuff that made me start thinking outside my own box and challenging myself,” he continued. “And it was cool, ’cause I got excited again about exploring some different stuff and not just being so driven in my own thing, but thinking outside, trying to tell other people’s stories again. And that’s kind of where I’m going with this new Slipknot album – trying to tell other people’s stories and not just my own. And it’s feeling pretty rad, man. I can’t wait for people to hear it.”
Drummer Jay Weinberg had also pondered late last year that working on new music during the pandemic was pretty much an inevitability for such a creative band.
“It’s been said before, and I have no problem reiterating it, is that we’re all creative people, and when you have creative people like Slipknot has, downtime is not a thought; it doesn’t exist,” he explained to WSOU. “So when we need time to recharge, we recharge. And there’s a saying in Slipknot that ‘off is off’. So we kind of respect that — when off is off, off is off, and that means I’m not gonna answer your phone calls, I’m not gonna answer your text messages. Off is off.
“But there comes a certain point where that creative beast, I think, within all of us, it wakes up after a certain point,” he continued. “I’m like, ‘Okay, I’ve been off tour a certain amount of time. I’m really feeling the itch to get creative.’ And we all have that instinct. So it’s been noted. Things have occurred.
“…I think we’re all really excited with taking advantage of what we can with our downtime year,” Jay added.