Alice In Chains, Mastodon & Mars Volta Members Form Supergroup

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, the band consisting of Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Pete Griffin (Dethklok), and Thomas Pridgen (ex-The Mars Volta), have reportedly recruited Alice In Chains frontman William DuVall as their lead singer. DuVall recorded with the band a few months ago, and Juliette Lewis previously worked with the band, but they had never found a permanent singer to complete their debut album since forming in 2012. The album could be released in 2016.

Alice In Chains Facelift and Dirt producer Dave Jerden recently discussed Layne Staley and Mike Starr on the Dean DelRay podcast ‘Let There Be Talk.’

“The day we started recording [Dirt] was the day that the LA Riots started. We come in there, we all show up, we’re going to start tracking, we set up all the drums and all that stuff. I think the first day we got a song down, I think we did “Rooster.” Layne is in the other room watching television, he goes: ‘Do you see this shit that is going on?’

That’s when the L.A. Riots started, and the next thing they have a curfew, and we couldn’t go to the studio for a week. So we got all set up ready to go, and then stopped. From what I understand, Layne was running downtown during the riots scoring. So we’re worried about Layne and all this stuff, he was staying down at the beach. So he’s making that run on the 10 back and forth.”

Jerden also said that Jerry Cantrell is one of the most talented musicians he’s ever worked with, and he doesn’t understand why he isn’t seen as a legend like Jim Morrison. He also discussed being addicted to heroin himself from 2001 to 2008, revealing that he actually went to rehab with late Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr. Starr even told Jerden he didn’t think he was going to make it.

  • Bruno Sílvio Martins

    This has the potencial to be really fucking good.

  • Jeff Hinkle


  • God

    Its Nice

  • Chris Ross

    This group has been “forming for a while”. A year or two ago, I was pleased to see that Eric Avery from Jane’s Addiction was a part of it but I guess no more. I’ts a shame, I really like that guys work.

  • Pink Taco

    william has a great voice. can’t wait for that. Eric Avery is the king of quitting projects. He’s a great bass player/songwriter but he is a major quitter.

  • Ishmael

    I’ve seen Thomas Pridgen live twice, the guy is a fuckin’ monster on drums. It made me feel like ‘what the fuck? how can a man play all that shit at once?’ Besides that, he really is a crazy person offside the stage. Maybe way too much. But don’t we all know these kind of artists?

  • dakotablue

    “Recruited”–so is Duvall the new permanent singer? He was mentioned right after the temporary fill-in. And if he is, won’t he have the same problem as Bennington with STP–not enough time for two?