More Rex Brown: On the Music Industry, Being "Cut In Half" & Pantera's True Story
Twenty years after Texas metal deities Pantera delivered their seminal Vulgar Display of Power, bassist Rex Brown is back with a new band, Kill Devil Hill. The monstrously heavy supergroup, formed by legendary Black Sabbath/Dio drummer Vinny Appice, plays Concert Pub North on Saturday.
Rex Brown, right, with Kill Devil Hill
Here's part two of our chat with Brown from earlier this week.
Rocks Off: The music industry has obviously changed a lot in the past decade. What are some of the new challenges that you face making a living playing heavy music now with Kill Devil Hill that you didn't when you were starting out?
Rex Brown: Well, I mean, this thing kind of brings me in a full circle. You know, it's back to doin' it yourself, the DIY process of when you're starting out, even though I've played arenas, stadiums and everything. Not that we thought we'd be on a grandiose scale when we put this thing out!
It's more about gettin' the music to the people, and it's a lot harder because people can't go physically buy a record in the stores. I mean, they can, but they're a lot fewer and more far between than it was before. You understand what I'm saying... You just really have to do your homework, but I'd rather this band be a grass-roots movement anyway. That's what it's all about.
Then again, the record's got so many great songs on it that I think should be on the radio. People are just stuck in this "classic rock" mode, and you know, that's not what I want to be. This thing has classic-rock elements to it, but at the same time, it's got its own this-year flavor. But we're not tryin' to emulate trends or anything like that. We're just playing music that we enjoy.
RO: Do you define success differently--
RB (Interrupts): Now, if you wanted me to say "fuck the music industry," well yeah, fuck the music industry! It's bullshit. It's complete bullshit. You know, people just go online and push a button and get one song, and that's not the way I grew up.
I wanted to see the album cover. I wanted to see the art. All I do is listen to LPs, and that's it. A CD, to me, is only for the car. I wish I could install something in my car that I could just put an LP on, but you know, I just don't have that in my badass truck.