Mastodon’s albums always seemed like soundtracks to films that hadn’t been written yet. Makes sense that they’ve spent part of their post-Crack The Skye time writing music for the Jonah Hex soundtrack. The DC comics character has a story that could work on a Mastodon album (it’s got violence, time travel, history, etc). The band had been working on their soundtrack contributions since September last year; according to Noise Creep, the band wrote the music in the studio while watching scenes from the movie (and writer/director Jimmy Hayward said he listened to Blood Mountain while writing the script, so all kind of synergy there). I don’t know where “Indian Theme” hits in the movie (Jonah Hex is out, will probably see it with my brother this weekend), but Hex has many American Indian encounters throughout the series.
The Jonah Hex: Music From The Motion Picture EP is out 6/29. They’ll be touring with Deftones and Alice In Chains starting in September. Dates and tickets here.