Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Preps Releases From Two Side Projects

Despite working on a followup to Crack The Skye, Mastodon’s Brent Hinds and his face tattoo are preparing releases from a couple of side projects, West End Motel and Fiend Without A Face. The info:

A press release describes West End Motel, in collaboration with longtime friend Tom Cheshire plus Mike Shina, Stiff Penalty, and Ben Thrower, as “a conglomerate of losers, poets and hobo-sexuals.” More specifically, “songs were written on an acoustic guitar and a bucket with the occasional toy piano in the background” and, ostensibly, it sounds like “Nick Cave fronting Gogol Bordello.” You can stream West End Motel’s “I Like It A Lot” at westendmotel.

Fiend Without A Face is a two-decade old “rockabilly/porno/metal concoction mixed with a bit of a country, surf guitar and apple sauce on the side.” It’s also worth noting: “Fiend Without A Face are armed and dangerous, packing just pantyhose, a fez and a bit of Vyvanse.” Listen to “Tsunami” at fiendwithoutaface.

The two bands/projects will be grouped together on a double CD as Brent Hinds Presents: Fiend Without A Face/West End Motel out 6/7 via Rocket Science. You can pre-order now and receive a free download from each band. Hinds thoughts on the releases? “I feel like a thousand umpa lumpas have been lifted from my back.” And note: “I wrote five more, so whoever likes this kind of stuff, there’s a lot more where this came from.”

[Photo by Ari Wilson]