Each of Mastodon’s members is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in their own right. In this feature, we’ll take a look at each of Dailor, Hinds, Kelliher and Sanders, and particularly their pre-Mastodon past! We continue with…
Of the band’s four members, Brent Hinds is the only one without any pre-Mastodon output deemed important enough to list on his Wikipedia page. Rude.
In fact, his only known outlet before hand was Four Hour Fogger, a band he joined in the 90s after moving from Alabama to Georgia, in which he met Troy Sanders. Despite not being Wikipedia-worthy, there are snippets of their 1999 album Dollars For Red Books across YouTube, if you like weird pre-KEN Mode style noise rock.
It wasn’t really until 2011 that he released something outside Mastodon: the double header Brent Hinds Presents: Fiend Without A Face & West End Motel; both bands of which he is a member.
Named after a 50s black and white horror movie, Fiend Without A Face are described as ‘psychedelic rockabilly’. There’s also elements of surf rock in there, and it’s completely different to Hinds’ usual output. Take a listen:
On the other side of the coin, West End Motel is more of a classic/indie rock affair. Brent shares vocals with longtime friend Tom Cheshire, and besides the Fiend Without A Face split, they also released Only Time Can Tell in 2012, from which the following cut is taken:
Most recently, Brent put out a record called Broken Lines as part of rock supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra only last year. The band also features William DuVall of Alice In Chains, Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dethklok‘s live bassist Pete Griffin, and drummer Thomas Pridgen, who is perhaps best known for his work with The Mars Volta between 2006 and 2009.
You can read our full thoughts on the record here, but the Cliffnotes version is that it’s a super-accessible, but with hidden depths that are revealed through repeat listens – so a very worthwhile endeavour for Hinds and co, if ultimately unsurprising given the people involved.
Besides full records, Hinds has appeared on a bunch of stuff as a guest musician. The best known stuff is probably his vocal turn on The Dillinger Escape Plan’s ”Horse Hunter“, but he’s also lent his voice to post-metal band Mouth Of The Architect on “At Arms Length“, guitar to The Black Lips on ”Make You Mine“, and both on Zoroaster‘s “White Dwarf“.
Who caught Hinds, alongside Brann Dailor and Bill Kelliher, in season 5 of Game Of Thrones? Episode 8, “Hardhome“, features the three as wildlings!
Brent Hinds (second right) with (L-R) Kristofer Hivju, Eddison Tollett, Brann Dailor and Kit Harrington