A supergroup featuring members of Tool, Mastodon and Off! have united to form a new band, Legend of the Seagullmen. The cinematic-sounding hard rockers, consisting of Mastodon vocalist-guitarist Brent Hinds, Tool drummer Danny Carey and Off! and Burning Brides guitarist Dimitri Coats, among others, have been recording with film director Jimmy Hayward (Jonah Hex, Horton Hears a Who!) serving as producer. Two Seagullmen shanties, “Battle of the Deep-Sea Diver” and “Ships Wreck,” are streaming and available for free download on the band’s website.
The site contains art resembling Fifties sci-fi movie poster art, with the music also having a vintage feel. “Battle” plays out like an Ennio Morricone-inspired Spaghetti western soundtrack with echoey surf guitar and dramatic grunts that flit about a story of the titular hero before building to Iron Maiden-y riffage and full-on orchestral instrumentation. The other track, “Ships Wreck,” plods along with a sludgy guitar riff and sci-fi-sounding keyboards to complement lyrics about white whales and aquatic adventure.
The Seagullmen concept is the brainchild of three brothers, Frank, Chris and David Dreyer, who have put on appropriately theatrical concerts and made movies about the band’s long-running legend in recent years. In a 2011 chat with The Beachside Resident, Frank explained the group’s concept, saying it related to a “400,000-year-old story with pirates, sailors, a rock band and mythical sea creatures.” Captain Redbeard plays into the tale, chanting to the Seagull God King, and was subsequently killed by “Man O’ War Man.” The ensuing hundreds of millennia found Redbeard’s pirates in any number of maritime maladies, specifically outlined in the interview. The band’s website contains photos from its prop-filled concerts.
Frank also explained that Hinds was a friend of David’s and got involved in the late 2000s. “He learned his true calling in life and is now a part of the Legend of the Seagullmen,” he said. “His other bands — Mastodon, Fiend Without a Face, and West End Motel — are just excuses for him to travel the world and hunt for the ‘Man O’ War Man.'”
The group did not elaborate on what else it had in the works.