MARILYN MANSON TEAMS WITH SHOOTER JENNINGS FOR WE ARE CHAOS
Marilyn Manson has always been a huge fan of David Bowie. The second I heard “We Are Chaos”, the late great Mr. Jones came instantly to my mind. It literally only took a few seconds after clicking on the link. I have followed Manson almost since the start, I remember Eddie Trunk being sold on him way before anyone else. He played “Lunchbox” and “Get Your Gun” off of Portrait Of An American Family, before anyone else even remotely talked about the future Antichrist Superstar. At least this was the case in Northern New Jersey.
I own pretty much everything Manson has released, and I always find something good off of each release. For those that say “he hasn’t released anything great in years” truly aren’t paying attention in my opinion. Sure this is all subject, but for my money he continues to churn out good music.
There have been rumblings for sometime that Marilyn Manson and Shooter Jennings where going to be pairing up to make an album. Jennings is a lot like Manson in many ways, in that he just releases what he wants. He never seems to have to please or prove anything to anyone but himself.
Here’s the information that was sent along about the single and title track off of Marilyn Manson’s new album We Are Chaos:
When Shooter and I decided to start making this album almost 2 years ago, we were both doing tours so we had to work around our schedules. Shooter and I had a shared love for Bowie’s era with Brian Eno. And I wasn’t afraid to try new things with him writing the music. He also helped me to be unafraid to try old things. As a producer, he really pushed me to be both new and still true to what the core of Marilyn Manson is. His perspective added the trans-dimensional element that I was always looking to tap into.
When I listen to We Are Chaos now, it seems like just yesterday or as if the world repeated itself, as it always does, making the title track and the stories seem as if we wrote them today.
This was recorded to its completion without anyone hearing it until it was finished. There is most definitely a side A and side B in the traditional sense. But just like an LP, it is a flat circle and it’s up to the listener to put the last piece of the puzzle into the picture of songs.
This concept album is the mirror Shooter and I built for the listener- it’s the one we won’t stare into. There are so many rooms, closets, safes and drawers. But in the soul or your museum of memories, the worst are always the mirrors. Shards and slivers of ghosts haunted my hands when I wrote most of these lyrics.
I explore ideas on the album, such as perfume. Something so beautiful, the scent can be remembered forever. But it is also flammable enough to burn down a house. It’s the fragile balance of power and the ones who hold the match or smell the loveliest. The painting I did specifically to accompany the music…Those are my reflections.
Making this record, I had to think to myself: ‘tame your crazy, stitch your suit. And try to pretend that you are not an animal’ but I knew that mankind is the worst of them all. Making mercy is like making murder. Tears are the human body’s largest export.
– MARILYN MANSON
Check out the title track off of Marilyn Manson’s forthcoming album We Are Chaos here:
The album We Are Chaos comes out on September 11th.