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Rolling With The D
Celina Murphy tracked down Jack Black and Kyle Gass to talk about the pair's long-awaited third album Rize Of The Fenix.
Celina Murphy, 03 May 2012
There’s still a couple of months until Rize Of The Fenix hits the shelves. How does Black recommend we enjoy this paragon of awesome?
“If you want the real full-on experience, you’ll just go home, you’ll put the CD in your stereo with some headphones – not the ear buds, the big fat headphones – and you’ll just lay down and close your eyes and you’ll let the music sink into you. Kyle, would you agree with that prognosis?”
“I would, and I would maybe add a nice glass of wine, too.”
“And if there’s a loved one who might soak your feet in some hot water with some Epsom salts, a little rubadubdub while you listen to Tenacious D, so be it.”
Sure, they’re cooperating now, but Fenix skit ‘Flutes And Trombones’ sees the duo throwing punches in a pretty nasty studio brawl. I imagine these late-night scuffles are a frequent occurrence in the world of Tenacious D.
“Of course!” Black booms. “I mean, we’ve never fought about flutes and trombones per se… I don’t mind having a flute on the album, in fact, I encourage it. What it’s about is control. I don’t want Kyle secretly coming into the recording studio when I’m not around and changing the album and controlling the destiny of Tenacious D.”
“It’s a team effort in the end,” Gass nods.
“There’s a paranoia there, and that’s what we were kind of making fun of. It’s the wrestling for control that is funny to us.”
Rize Of The Fenix is released on May 11 on Epic Records.