I hope it's as relaxed as Betty is. I don't think Page could ever straight out copy that feeling of that album but just the general attitude could be the same. I think that kind of relaxed, kiss-my-ass-I'm-old thing would suit Page's age better somehow
Relaxed is exactly the word. I sometimes get the feeling that Page's writing for Helmet, unconsciously or otherwise, has been unduly influenced by pressures and expectations. He's a big proponent of the "fuck fashion, fuck everyone else, do what feels right" attitude, and I believe he's sincere in that stance but, at the same time, he puts his pants on one leg at a time like everyone else; we all sometimes find ourselves doing things in life that aren't our style because we think it's what other people want, and he's no different.
Given the flack that Betty took (and takes) for being too experimental, too high minded and whatever else, I've often thought that Aftertaste, good album that it is, sounds like an attempt to get back onto the logical trajectory from Meantime. I feel similarly about Monochrome. Page derides all that "return to roots" stuff that was bandied around for no other reason than Wharton Tiers producing it, and I take his point, but, again, it's interesting, in light of this Decibel interview, that he was clearly under some pressure from a very young, seemingly fashion-conscious label. That, plus a lukewarm reception to Size Matters, makes me wonder if, perhaps unconsciously, there was some anxiety there about recapturing the old magic.
So, yes, I hope it's a relaxed album and that it's Page being Page. From the sounds of it, it will be, and that's exciting. Seems to me that, with a relatively stable and solid lineup these last few years, and being out from under Warcon, he's been having more fun with it, and that's bound to be conducive to a really great album.
worstcase wrote:If you people like good Beatles cover, check out Coroner doing I Want You (She's So Heavy). Helmet doing Beatles sounds crazy of course haha.
Have you heard the Beatles cover? I don't know if any recordings are out there, but it was unreal. Not at all "Helmetised"; really quite a faithful rendition. Anyway, if we're concocting "Helmet should cover..." wish lists, I want Helter Skelter, followed by She Said, She Said.