mushroomhead2Mushroomhead’s new album ‘The Righteous & The Butterfly’, OUT NOW via Megaforce Records, marks the return of vocalist J Mann. The influential industrial metal band from Cleveland, Ohio, self produced their eighth studio album with longtime co-producer Bill Korecky.

“With J mann’s return, this album is a fresh twist on a familiar vibe. It’s also the first album with Church and Dr. F. They brought in fresh blood while keeping the integrity of the band’s sound and vision intact – proclaims drummer Skinny – This is the 20th year of Mushroomhead and this album is us getting back to our roots.”

The album is a dedication to original guitarist, J.J. Righteous and the band’s former photographer Vanessa Solowiow who both passed away too soon…“J.J. was a key member of our band” says Skinny. “He played on the first three records and Vanessa was our photographer and the mother of my children. They were both huge pieces of Mushroomhead and this record is dedicated to them.”

Here’s our Q&A with Vocalist J Mann…Why did it take 4 years to release Your 8th album “The Righteous & The Butterfly”?

There have been a lot of changes in the lineup and we didn’t want the record to sound forced. It takes time when you take pride.

Can you tell us 5 things we should know about “The Righteous & The Butterfly”?

It was a pleasure to make
It was cathartic
It’s dedicated to 2 wonderful human beings
It covers the entire spectrum of Mushroomhead
You should buy it! mushroomheadrighteous1How has your music evolved since “Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children”?

It has evolved as we as people have, hints of maturity masked in mischief…

2013 marked your return and 20 year anniversary…What are Mushroomhead’s dreams and goals now?

To see what we started over 20 years ago to its fruition and keep the camaraderie and bond that is this band.

What are your biggest career regrets and your most awesome memories?

It’s pointless to have regrets; you learn from everything, it’s all about perspective.

What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for Mushroomhead?

The “industry” and technology. It’s difficult in a flooded market do to tourists, once they realize they’re not gonna be rich or famous they find the door pretty quickly.
Are you tired to clarify that Mushroomhead started before Slipknot in 1993…?

It’s an old story but they’re also a band I have great respect for. Besides gossip is lame.

Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there?

We leave for Moscow next week, after that we do 2 weeks in the Midwest for the album release then it’s onto Rockstar Mayhem in July.

What’s your pre-show shuffle playlist right now?

Die Antwoord

Would you rather play in small venues or larger venues? Why?

We just want to play for enthusiastic crowds wherever they may be.

What is your favorite thing to see in the audience while you are on stage?

Joy, release, contentment.

Q&A by Fabrizio Belluschi ©
Photos by blind7

Mushroomhead is comprised of drummers Skinny, Robert Diablo and Stitch, vocalists JMann, Jeffrey Nothing & Waylon, keyboardist Schmotz, guitarist Church and bassist Dr. F. The band just returned from shows in Australia and tour announcements are coming soon.