KTVU.com: The concept album is something a lot of people don't even think of in terms beyond the progressive rock of the 1970s, but today more bands and more music fans seem to be open to the idea of a record that represents something larger than just a collection of songs. Is there any concept album that you listened to when you were younger that -- if not a direct influence on Blood Mountain or Leviathan -- you hold up as a standard to what Mastodon is trying to accomplish? One thing this album makes me think of in terms of surrealism of the whole journey is The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway by Genesis…
Brann Dailor: That's totally my favorite record of all time. [Starts singing the Genesis song "Back In NYC" from the aforementioned album]
KTVU.com: Really? Blood Mountain struck me as depicting the same kind of crazed metamorphosis as The Lamb did 30+ years ago. So you are aiming to at least equal the standout albums of that era?
Brann Dailor: I come from a big prog background. My parents were hippies, but they were Frank Zappa hippies, you know? They were putting [Miles Davis' fusion landmark] Bitches Brew on my headphones when I was two years old. I grew up listening to The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Close to the Edge by Yes, King Crimson's Red. All that stuff was jamming at my house at full volume all the time when I was a baby, along with Coltrane's Love Supreme, Stevie Wonder -- Innervisions -- stuff like that. Constantly.