Mastodon/Dillinger Escape Plan Offshoot Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Announce Debut LP

Mastodon/Dillinger Escape Plan Offshoot Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Announce Debut LP
Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman and Mastodon axeman Brent Hinds's long-in-the-works Giraffe Tongue Orchestra project are issuing their debut album this fall, with a different lineup than originally anticipated. The band's Broken Lines doesn't feature actor/singer Juliette Lewis handling lead vocals, but rather Alice in Chains crooner William DuVall.

News of the full-length, due September 23 via Party Smasher Inc./Cooking Vinyl, arrived over the weekend via an interview with Weinman. Speaking with BBC Radio 1 host Daniel P. Carter, the guitarist confirmed the upcoming album release, as well as the lineup change.

"He's an unbelievable vocalist; he's the most professional musician I've ever met," Weinman revealed of DuVall, before noting that the road to Broken Lines was a difficult one. "This band has been the hardest thing I've ever had to achieve in my life. Many times I considered just giving up on it, because it just seemed like it wasn't meant to be."

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra first took shape in 2012, with Weinman explaining that he and Hinds had spent a long time trying to figure out who would be a perfect fit for the project. Interestingly, DuVall had been the first vocalist they had talked to about the project. The lineup is completed by Dethklok touring bassist Pete Griffin and onetime Mars Volta drummer Thomas Pridgen.

While Lewis did not end up being the lead singer of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, she did add backup vocals to the LP. Also showing up to lend a hand was Queen of the Stone Age's Jon Theodore.

A full tracklisting has yet to be revealed, but songs expected to appear on the collection include "Broken Lines," "Fragments & Ashes," "Adapt or Die," "Back to the Light," "All We Have Is Now," "Everyone Gets Everything They Really Want" and "Blood Moon."

Below, you can check out the first preview from Broken Lines, "Crucifixion." The song starts up around the 4:40 mark.

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra aren't the only Mastodon-related supergroup to announce a record this year. Bassist Troy Sanders's Gone Is Gone, which also features members of Queens of the Stone Age and At the Drive-In, release their self-titled debut on July 8 via Rise Records/BMG.