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Oct162017

Butthole Surfers plan first album in over 15 years

Marc Broussely/RedfernsLike an avalanche coming down the mountain, Butthole Surfers are planning their return. The band, perhaps best known for their 1996 hit "Pepper," tells Rolling Stone they've begun work on their ninth studio album, their first since 2001's Weird Revolution.

"It has never been done. No one has put out a decent record 35 year[s years into their career]," says frontman Gibby Haynes. "Well, except for Johnny Cash. But we're not Johnny Cash. It's gonna be a tough road to do a record that's presentable. It's really gonna be hard...but, given that, looking forward to it!"

The new album will feature founding members Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary, plus longtime drummer and bassist King Coffey and Jeff Pinkus, respectively.

Speaking about the sound of the new material, Coffey says, "It's like noise with...just throbbing beats to it."

"We're not in a position like a lot of other bands," says Haynes. "Like, take Metallica. God bless 'em, I love Metallica. But all they gotta do is put out another Metallica record. The same thing with Foo Fighters. That's all they gotta do is put out another Foo Fighters record. 'Cause, I mean, they've got a sound. Or, they've got a song."

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," he continues. "But, I guess we're just continually broken and in a struggle to fix it. So, it's gonna be a wild one."

The new Butthole Surfers album is due out next summer.

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