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 finish with:
Saving the most busy for last, Mastodon bassist and co-vocalist Troy Sanders has undoubtedly been the busiest member of the band in his career. After learning to play on his brother’s lefty bass, convincing his dad to buy him his own, and embarking upon a varied career, he met Brent Hinds when Hinds moved from Alabama to Atlanta and joined Four Hour Fogger, one of his bands at the time. We’ve already discussed FHF in Hinds’ Brief Musical Timeline, but in his youth, Sanders was also a part of Knuckle and Puaka Balava. The exact timelines of these isn’t known, but that puts him at three before the best-known of his pre-Don bands: Social Infestation.
Social Infestation put out three records between 1996 and 2000, which is pretty damn prolific: a self-titled effort, followed two years later by Redemption Is Only Skin Deep…It’s Time to Cut Deeper (1998), and Lasciate Ogni Speranza a further two years later.
They’re arguably the heaviest, and certainly the gnarliest of the pre-Mastodon endeavours by any member.
For the first decade or so of Mastodon, Sanders was otherwise quiet, but two years before Brent Hinds produced his own Dillinger Escape Plan collab with Ben Weinman on 2016′s Giraffe Tongue Orchestra album Broken Lines, Troy teamed up with Greg Puciato, as well as Max Cavalera of Soulfly/ex-Sepultura, and Dave Elitch of The Mars Volta in Killer Be Killed.
We covered their eponymous debut here, and what marked it as special was that however successful the members’ full-time bands, their passion and enjoyment shone through in almost every note of the album.
Not content with just the one supergroup, Troy is also part of Gone Is Gone, which also features Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, Tony Hajjar of At the Drive-In/Sparta, and his Sencit Music colleague Mike Zarin, a composer/producer (who own Sencit Music and has had music featured in the campaigns for films like Inglourious Basterds, Iron Man 3, Inception and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides).
As well as a self-titled EP/mini-album last year, the group dropped debut full-length Echolocation in January of this year, so it’s been a busy 12 months for Sanders. Much less full-on than either Mastodon or Killer Be Killed, Gone Is Gone’s music focuses a lot on atmosphere, moving at a much slower, moodier pace.
Like Brent Hinds, Sanders has also contributed to the work of number of other artists by way of guest appearance, although unlike Hinds, all are vocal. Check out the cuts from Yakuza, Dozer, and Mike Portnoy’s Metal Allegiance below!
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