Chad Gray says the past three years have been "chaotic" for Mudvayne.
Since the hard rock group from Peoria, Ill., released "Lost and Found" in 2005, the quartet has toured and put together a rarities compilation "By the People, For the People," which came out in 2007, while Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett joined another band, Hellyeah. Mudvayne also recorded not one but two new albums -- the first of which, "The New Game," came out last month and debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart.
"It's just been like this long blast of creativity," notes Gray, 37 "It's been tough, but it's been cool. The payoff's great as far as seeing something through to fruition. It's been pretty awesome from an artist's point of view to look back on what we've done in the last 10 years, [i]and[/i] in the last couple of years."
Gray notes that Mudvayne, appropriately, tried a variety of new sounds and approaches on "The New Game." We just kind of became smarter, refined our craft a little bit," he explains. "I think there's a level of melody that's been brought in, too. I think we understand simplicity without being simple."
Gray, meanwhile, is also hot for Mudvayne's fans to hear the other new album, which he describes as "pretty out there" -- but not yet finished.
"The best thing about this new record is it's not done yet," he says. "If it was done, I'd be going (crazy) to get it out, just freaking out. But I haven't heard the final product of it, so I'm not as excited; I just know there's a level of time I'm going to need to get it done...as early as next spring or summer, next fall.
"I don't know when, but it should be rearing its head by this time next year."
Mudvayne, 10 Years and Snot perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 5) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $35. Call (313) 961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.
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