In a brand new interview with Noisey, Glenn Danzig was asked what it is that keeps him coming back to the creative well. He responded: “It’s so many different things. There’s always stuff to write about, but I think that the whole punk thing helped a lot. If it gets boring, change it, fix it, make it exciting, make it relevant again, and that’s what I did without sacrificing the music. That’s what I try to do. I try to do stuff where first thing is I’m excited about the record, and then I hope that the people who listen to my music are gonna dig it too. That’s pretty much how I go into doing a record, and I don’t do a new record until I have stuff to write about it. I don’t force myself to do a record. Someone doesn’t come to me and say, ‘Hey, it’s been a year or two since your last record. You’ve gotta write a record and put one out in a couple of months.’ No one comes to me and says that to me. The covers record [‘Skeletons’] I’ve been working on for a while, but the last new DANZIG material came out in 2010. The new record is about three-quarters done, and by the time that comes out it’ll have been probably about six years since the last time you heard any new original DANZIG material. Not a covers record or not this ‘Danzig Sings Elvis’ record, so it’ll be six years.”
Asked if that attitude of not forcing the creative process is something that’s always been there for him, Danzig said: “Yeah. I mean, I used to do it on a more frequent basis. [Laughs] But I think even back in the MISFITS and SAMHAIN days, I put out a record every two years, I think. The same thing with DANZIG, too, where I put out a record every two years. Later on it became further and further apart, but that’s just the way it worked out. I think in between ‘Danzig IV’ and ‘V’ was probably a two-year period, and then between ‘V’ and ‘VI’ was probably a three-year period. It seems to be now it’s gone to four or five. I think one of the things also was for ‘Deth Red’ we toured a lot over those years. Not two or three months at a time, but we just kept getting offers to go to Europe and then back to America. The record did pretty well for me, especially the way it was received, so hopefully the next one will be the same.”
Glenn will release his long-awaited covers record, “Skeletons”, on November 27 in North America via Nuclear Blast Entertainment/Evilive Music. A labor of love that dates back to 1979, “Skeletons” sees Danzig pulling back the curtain behind his influences with a collection of ten covers spanning artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, ZZ TOP, and AEROSMITH to BLACK SABBATH, THE TROGGS, THE EVERLY BROTHERS, and more.