I shit you not. The next album to be released under The Devin Townsend Project, “Addicted”, is going to be akin to Nickelback, only “not about the penis.

“Sex sells and I understand that but I started getting a real dark energy off of the record. It’s like “we’re making money and this is how you make money”, so this next record, I want to make it sound like the Nickelback record and I want to have chorus’s like the Nickelback record, but I want the lyrics to be about infinity and quantum mechanics.”

“The whole point of this is to say “sure, that sells but is it the aesthetics that sell or is it you singing about your penis because if it’s you singing about your penis, then I’m going to know right away”. If it’s about the penis then I’m not going to sell shit, but if it’s about the sound then maybe I’ll sell tons of it!”

Before, Devin said in an interview that he tried to make a pop record with these huge and melodic choruses, but it was out of his comfort zone as a forty year old with bad teeth and no hair.

“I wanted to write a pop record and I wrote a pop chorus and then all of the sudden I tried to write another and I was like, “I don’t want to write this shit,” you know what I mean? It’s like no one’s going to buy it anyway. I mean, my reality scheme as a musician is that I’m a 40-year-old dude with bad teeth and no hair, right? I’m not going to be a pop star any time soon, so I just have to be honest with what I do — what is it that I want to do? Do you really want to write shitty pop music and try to sell it to a bunch of people that you don’t like? Or do you want to just do what comes naturally? And do I like choruses? Hell, yeah! I like choruses and I like pop melodies, so to speak, but the more I tried doing it, the more I realized that how I really wanted to frame all of those choruses was crushing.”

Wow. The way I see it, it’s going to end up like a really heavy Nickelback album? I don’t know how this will go down. I’m conflicted here, as being generally anti-Nickelback (although I admit they are catchy). If I like this Devin Townsend album, I’ll have no real excuse. I’ll just tell people what Devin told us: “Well, these songs aren’t about Chad Kroeger’s penis.”

Update: I just found out that Devin has also said that “Some parts of it sound like Meshuggah, some parts of it sound like Boney M,” whoever that is. Addicted will also include a new version of the song “Hyperdrive” from his album Ziltoid the Omniscient with lead vocals by Anneke van Giersbergen, a female dutch singer. I <3 me some Hyperdrive. This sounds like it’ll be a fun record after all.

– JR

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