“It was basically like living in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland,” chuckles Corey Taylor in regards to the old house in Nashville Stone Sour resided in while recording Audio Secrecy.
Given the help of those ghosts and some insects, Stone Sour’s third album will definitely haunt listeners for years to come—from the swirling hypnotic haze of “Threadbare” and “Nylon 6/6″ to the gut-busting anthemic power of “Mission Statement” and “Let’s Be Honest.” Thankfully the ghosts reflected in Audio Secrecy are the unforgettable kind that’ll make you sing again and again.
Given the creepy nature of Stone Sour’s recording situation, Dolor author Rick Florino and BloodyDisgusting.com caught up with Corey Taylor to discuss what scared him the most while recording Audio Secrecy for this exclusive.
What was your worst Haunted Mansion moment?
Other than seeing the shadows and stuff…that was weird, man! I guess the worst moments would’ve been when the wasps got in [Laughs]. God, I can’t tell you how freaked out I was. I have such a weirdness about wasps and bees. These wasps were huge, they were pissed off, and they were coming for us. There was no doubt about it. It was getting very real very quickly. It was still a problem up until we left! You had to run to your car. You had to run to take the garbage out! It was crazy! You couldn’t open the doors and windows up. You couldn’t do this and you couldn’t do that. I think the wasps were the biggest bane of my existence.
It’s like a biblical plague!
It really was dude! There were skylights in all of the rooms for the most part—especially where I was staying. Every goddamn day, I’d look up, and there would be this huge wasp sitting up the skylight either inside or outside. I’d be like, “Really?” There’s no way to sit in your room comfortably knowing there’s a huge bug up there waiting. You can’t open the window because more would come in! It sucked! I didn’t know what the hell to do half the time. There’s nothing like getting dressed staring at the ceiling. You’re not even paying attention to what you’re putting on because you’re watching that thing to make sure you know where it’s going. It was gnarly!
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