On March 1, Linda Marigliano of Australia's Triple J radio station conducted an interview with shock rocker Marilyn Manson during this year's Soundwave Festival. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.
On his upcoming album, "Born Villain":
Manson: "It's very cinematic in the sense that when you're watching a movie and you feel the tension of the score or what's happening in the film and something violent's gonna happen. You wanna be able to change it when you're watching the movie. It's a very cinematic record in that sense. I think it's my most conceptual record in that it tells a story. And it told a story while I was making it. It was really interesting making it. I really had to reinvent the way I thought by just stripping everything away and then almost living in a place that was almost like this room, which is white walls, black carpet, and I had to fill the room with music and paintings and other things."
On changes in his life and the new era of the Marilyn Manson brand:
Manson: "I believe that you are not stuck with a pre-destiny. I believe that there is ways to see all these things that are laid down in front of you and where you belong and to smack yourself in the face when you realize that you've strayed off your path and get back to where your path is. And sometimes you have to burn it all down and build it from the bottom up. And that's what I think that I really needed to do. Instead of trying to convince myself that I'd done it before, and in different ways — musically, artistically, relationship-wise — I had to literally just strip it down to nothing and go from the bottom up."
"Born Villain" is due out this spring through Cooking Vinyl Records. The first single from the follow-up to 2009's "The High End Of Low", a song called "No Reflection", will be released in May.
In a recent interview with Revolver magazine, Manson stated about his new CD, "It doesn't really sound like any of my old records. In fact it sort of sounds like what I listened to before I made records — KILLING JOKE, JOY DIVISION, REVOLTING COCKS, BAUHAUS, BIRTHDAY PARTY … It's very rhythm-driven. It's actually very bluesy. It's the first record where I repeat verses. I just sign the words in a different key, the next time. I've never done that before, because I've always felt like I needed to write a lot of words in the past … I think this will probably be the grandest concept record of all."
Manson's U.S. theater tour is scheduled to kick off April 27.
The singer last September unveiled a new music video for the song "Born Villain" directed by actor Shia LaBeouf.
Drummer Ginger Fish (real name: Kenneth Robert Wilson) quit MARILYN MANSON in February 2011 and has since joined ROB ZOMBIE. He has been replaced by the Los Angeles-based drummer Jason Sutter.
MARILYN MANSON in 2009 parted ways with longtime record label Interscope following the disappointing sales performance of "The High End Of Low".
"The High End Of Low" was Manson's first album with longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez since 2000's "Holy Wood".
Pictured below: Marilyn Manson with Triple J's Linda Marigliano
MARILYN MANSON live at Soundwave Festival on February 25, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia: