Though they’ve been wearing their iconic masks for over 20 years now, questions seemingly still arise even to this day about the possibility of Slipknot ever performing without them. But artistic mastermind Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan has shut down that idea immediately, explaining that the band would feel “cheapened” if they went without them.
Speaking on The Fred Minnick Show, the percussionist admits that, “There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that every member wishes we didn’t have to wear that stuff” – but, having come up with the idea of the masks in the first place, it’s something they will continue to stick with. “For all I know, maybe some of the guys think it’s the worst thing ever,” Clown says. “They went with it because of our love for each other and our dream and our brand, but secretly, some people could be just, like, ‘I can’t believe I signed up my whole life for this,’ whereas I’m only doing it with that. So I never forced it on anyone. It seems like it’s what we wanted to do. And it’s helped, and it really is who we are.
“People ask me all the time, ‘Are you gonna take off the mask?’” he added. “And I say, ‘Why do I need to do that?’ You’re only asking me because of behaviour. You’re only doing that because you have a hypothesis of all the other artists, some way or not, but I’m not a part of that test, that field research. I’m the Clown in a band called Slipknot. We are not your kind. We are not like you. We’re not part of your hypothesis.
Clown also added that this imagery is “pure religion”, and not something that “laziness or stress or just the will to not wanna put it on anymore” will mean that Slipknot ever go unmasked.
“I signed the deal we did in the beginning, and there’s just never been any of anything else,” he revealed. “I really couldn’t fathom us any other way. I would feel cheapened; I would feel betrayed. I think that’s the difference: it’s the self-worth in the dream, in the art that you create. Ours is very, very, very precise, and we do not deter away from staying the course.”
A couple of years back, Kerrang! asked Corey Taylor about his favourite ’Knot mask to wear – but the frontman joked that, “They were all fucking horrible.”
Corey explained: “The hardest was my original with the dreads. Anything that’s full-headed – there’s just no getting out of it. At least when you’ve got some kind of a half-mask with buckles, you don’t feel like you’re singing in a portaloo. But when it’s closed, you just put this big rubber hood on and there’s just no getting out of it.
“So that one and the Iowa one, because they were basically variations of the same thing,” he continued. “Those were the worst. The Iowa one was foam rubber. The ones from the first album were thin but then we got a little money and we were like, ‘Wow, let’s make some cool shit for the Iowa run!’ They used foam rubber, which was basically just like giant sponges.
“You could tell where we were at in the show by how big my head was getting and how heavy this thing was…”
Posted on: 05 Jun 2020
Slipknot are rocking Halloween 2018 with a brand new song in four years!
Listen to their surprise release of ‘All Out Life’ here!
It’s a good day to be a Slipknot fan. The band has released their first single in four years! The new track, entitled “All Out Life,” arrived on Halloween, and only rightfully so. The guys brought their classic dark psyche to the heavy track, and fans were thrilled to finally see new music from the rock band. “I LOVE THE NEW SLIPKNOT SONG HOLY SH–T” one fan wrote on Twitter after listening to the track. The song arrived with a music video as well directed by the band’s M. Shawn Crahan aka “Clown.”
Slipknot's Corey Taylor released a statement regarding the song’s release. “All Out Life” is a song that is trying to do 2 things: bring everyone together, but also remind everyone that the past is not something to be discarded with disdain. People are so eager to find the Next Big Thing sometimes that they shit all over the bands and artists that have come before, thus making the past feel disposable, like a dirty thing. Fuck that: Why should we pay attention to your mediocre future when you can’t be bothered to celebrate an amazing past? I’d rather listen to a guaranteed hit than a forced miss. “All Out Life” is the anthem that reminds people that it’s not the date on the music—it’s the staying power.”
For fans hoping to see even more new music from the band – you’re in luck. “The album is underway, and it’s going to be one of the darkest chapters in Slipknot’s history; it’s that good,” Corey said during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, He continued, “It’s complicated; it’s dark; it’s heavy; it’s melodic; it’s fierce; it’s angry and it’s real; it’s raw as hell and it’s gonna be talking about a lot of things that people are going to need in their life right now.”
“All Out Life” might be one of Slipknot’s heaviest tracks yet! What better way to ring in Halloween than with new music from the iconic band. Listen to the new track above!
Posted on: 01 Nov 2018
Slipknot look like they could be back in the studio after the band posted a new photo online.
Shawn Crahan and frontman Corey Taylor has appeared on the band’s Twitter page. It was captioned “2019”, leading fans to speculate they have begun working on a new release for next year.
Corey Taylor gave fans an update on new material earlier this month, saying:
“I know that we’re gonna try and put an album out next year – however, that is all speculation. The best way to make God laugh is to announce your plans out loud. So I’m just going with the flow. The plan right now is next year but that is a huge plan because we still haven’t narrowed anything down, so we will definitely see what happens.”
He also explained that the band had been “writing tons of music” while he had “written lyrics to almost all of it.” “We’re going to start trying to put together demos here and there with the time off that I have and really try to get ahead of the curve as far as what happens next.”
Posted on: 25 Jun 2018
It's been three years since Slipknot's last album .5 The Gray Chapter but the Iowan wrecking machine have kept us satiated with the release of new live movie Day Of The Gusano. Filmed at the band's first-ever show in Mexico City, headlining Knotfest, the historical performance was captured on multiple cameras and directed by Slipknot's purveyor of darkness Shawn Crahan aka Clown.
We caught up with Clown to talk about their Mexican experience and what the future holds for The Knot.
“It’s finances, it’s the right time, it’s wondering about that society. It’s very difficult for kids there to pay for tickets. They have to work months and months and months. So it’s just not easy to pick up and go to Mexico City and do a show.”
“We’ve heard from day one in our career how crazy Mexican people go off at a show, how unified they are. You say ‘jump’ and they all jump, and you can feel it. So we thought, ‘Why not make this show a Knotfest?’ And we documented it, because it was a really special thing.”
“I came in about a month or so early to do press and I hung out with all the promoters – they took me to all the food places. I ate all the authentic stuff. I ate crickets, I ate ants, larvae… I will eat anything you want. I love all that stuff.”
Posted on: 04 Nov 2017
You can now keep up on all things related to Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan in one place thanks to his newly launched official website at www.theclown.com, complete with the somewhat disturbing animated disembodied version of Crahan you see above.
Posted on: 24 Jul 2016