William Duvall is Really Excited About Giraffe Tongue Orchestra

Alice in Chains lead singer William Duvall stopped by the studio to talk with Kim Monroe when Alice in Chains passed through Seattle on their current tour. Check out the video above or read the interview below*.

Now, you’ve got another project that you’re working on, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra. Tell me a little bit about that. I have to tell you another person that I’m a huge fan of that I heard is a contributor to this is Juliet Lewis. I’m just going to say I have a mad girl crush on Juliet Lewis.

Cool. Yeah. Yeah. I dig that. I mean, Juliet does make a cameo on the album, a vocal cameo. GTO, it’s basically myself, Brent Hunt from Mastodon, Ben Wyman from The Dillinger Escape Plan. Then we also have Pete Griffin who’s played in Dethklok and played with Zappa Does Zappa. He’s on bass. Then we have Thomas Pridgen on drums, who’s played with Mars Volta. It’s a serious lineup and a serious, serious album man. I could not be more proud of this thing. We just pushed each other to new heights all around. It’s amazing. Some of it…some of it, it has a lot of what people might expect in terms of heavy, progressive. There’s a lot of riffin’. A lot of stuff going on. A lot of beats per minute. A lot of beats per second. I mean, Thomas he can scramble the eggs. There’s a lot of that. There’s a feast for the senses. For all the musicians and musos, we got you covered.

When does it come out?

It comes out September 23rd.

Fantastic.

As I was going to say, as much of that sort of heavy progressive stuff is there, there are also more shall I say straightforward for lack of a better way of putting it. There’s more straightforward tunes. They still have the drive and the attitude and the go for the throat quality. A couple of them you might even be able to dance to as much as headbang to.

Oh wow.

Yeah. We all have eclectic tastes. We wanted to represent all of that. I’m just so proud of it. It’s just such a dynamic record. It’s just so powerful. These are some of the best lyrics that I’ve ever written. I was pushed to write to this really cinematic soundtrack. It’s really excellent. September 23rd’s the release date. Although the single for one of those songs I was talking about, Blood Moon, I believe is being serviced like now.

Yes. Indeed it is.

We got your anthem for the summer.

Yeah, you do.

The Blood Moon. It’s happening, man. If ever there was a song about how good it can feel to be bad, I think Blood Moon is one of those songs.

There was a Blood Moon actually not too long ago wasn’t there? Just a couple of months ago. Timing.

Yeah exactly. See. It’s universal. There’s a cosmic thing happening. It’s kismet. Whatever you want to call it. No. We got your anthem for the summer, man. I hope everyone gets to hear that.

Absolutely. I’m pretty sure they will.

Hope you’ll help.
Happy to help. Happy to help. You don’t get much downtime? You’re going basically straight from Alice in Chains to GTO. I assume…are you going to tour?

We want to tour. The plan right now because all of us are so busy…that’s the challenge is scheduling. The plan right now is do everything we can to promote this record while I’m on the road, while Ben will be engaged in some Dillinger business, and Brent has a European tour late summer with Macedon. Promote this GTO record through all means possible. Then make our live debut at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in England. On August 27th and August 28th. August 27th is Reading. August 28th is Leeds. Then in December we’re going to do some underplay shows in some key cities in the United States. We’d love to do more. We think right now it’s going to be New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, LA, San Fran, and I’d love to do a Seattle in there.

I was going to say … I’m waiting. I’m waiting.

It’s going to be that kind of thing, like six or seven shows. Then I believe in 2017 is when we’re going to be looking at, “Okay. When can we set aside some time and really hit the country properly?” That’s the way it’s looking right now.

* This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity

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