Even Marilyn Manson Is Stressed About Lockdown
"Being locked up in a house for so long can really weigh on somebody's mental health"
Published Sep 09, 2020Marilyn Manson will release new album We Are Chaos come the end of this week, but the record's title does not mean the effort will centre on all the awful things 2020 has served up. In fact, Manson feels like the many growing weary of their time inside, wondering how pandemic-related restrictions will affect society.
In a new interview with Consequence of Sound, Manson explains how he feels "A lot of people interpret some of the themes or particularly [the song] "We Are Chaos" as being related to what we're going through right now. But I think the song was probably written a year and a half ago or so, lyrically.
"Either it's a synchronicity thing or it is time being circular, and a moment that the record would be most important maybe to me and to others that listened to it — and it has something on it to help them through being stuck at home. I do have five cats to maintain and they're wild, but other than that, it hasn't been, probably in any way, nearly as bad as other people's experiences."
Manson feels it "somewhat terrifying" to consider that "our parents and their parents have been through much harder tribulations and trials in life, from wars to financial depression and other illnesses that have destroyed many parts of the world and different countries," but he is still holding out hope for the greater good.
"For me, it's a beam of hope that possibly if we all stopped concerning ourselves with focusing on negative elements of our culture, in general as Americans, we can try to come together as much as possible," he expresses. "I don't mean to sound like John Lennon, just the concept that if any time, people of different cultures and different lifestyles and different ages and personalities and sex and race and whatever the case might be, even religion, now would be the time to … at least agree that we all need to try to save this together."
Manson shared the concern that "being locked up in a house for so long can really weigh on somebody's mental health. And that's something that I've struggled with throughout my life. And, coming from [someone with] a mother who had schizophrenia and things like that, that was undiagnosed for so many years, it's gotta be really trying for people who can't get the type of proper support and attention that they might need from their family or from healthcare people."
Noting that We Are Chaos was finished in January of this year, Manson adds he has been "really [trying] to focus on making more art. I will admit that I've watched probably more television than I need to, and films, but I've tried to make it productive. I've tried to compile my art book that's coming out later this year, after I did the artwork for the album."
We Are Chaos arrives September 11 through Loma Vista. Read Exclaim!'s 7/10 album review.