LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland recently made an appearance on “Drinks With Johnny”, the Internet TV show hosted by AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ, where he discussed the status of the band’s long-awaited new album, his relationship with lead singer Fred Durst and more. You can check out the full talk in the video below.
When asked about the new LIMP BIZKIT album, which had the working title “Stampede Of The Disco Elephants”, Wes said: “We’ve probably, in the last 10 years, been in the studio to try and complete the record, I wanna say, seven times, to different studios. And we’ve been working on stuff, working on stuff, working on stuff. And Fred [Durst, LIMP BIZKIT frontman] has been consistently kind of unsatisfied with where vision is, I guess. So we’ve released singles — like we did ‘Ready To Go’, and we did another single called ‘Endless Slaughter’ that we put out… We probably have 35 songs recorded instrumentally, and he’s done vocals on them and then thrown the vocals away — done vocals and then [gone], ‘Fuck this,’ [and] thrown it away. So I think he’s finally at the point now where he’s gonna pick a set of these songs that he’s finally cool with and finish ’em and we’re gonna finish the record. So, fingers crossed.”
When asked about a possible timeline for the album’s release, the guitarist said: “I’m not in charge of Fred’s vocals… I’m way done with my parts on the record. I’m sure I’ll go back in and play a little bit more after. But it’s fucking Fred Durst. He went from being a darling to everybody’s most hated person in the world. We broke up as a band. He’s tried to find his footing, I think, on a bunch of these songs. He’s so talented, and I love him so much as a brother, but if he’s not ready to do it, he’s not ready to do it… My whole thing is I force things, but I’m happy to make mistakes and get embarrassed and go, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t have done that.’ But I just like to put stuff out. But he’s a perfectionist, so we’ll see when he’s ready to do it. I doubt it’ll be called ‘Stampede Of The Disco Elephants’ at that point. I will definitely say that the riffs and the music, it’s the best stuff I’ve ever done as a musician, I think. I’m so pleased with the direction the music went, and I love what we did as a band. And I’ve heard a bunch of his, sort of, demoed vocals over the stuff, and they’re great. So I have no doubt that he’s gonna come and bring it and it’s gonna be a great record.”
Wes also spoke about his current relationship with frontman Fred Durst, to which he made it clear that all was good between the two.
“He and I get along great,” Borland responded. “We’ve had a tumultuous relationship over the years, but it just took some time for us to grow up as people. … It’s like being in a family, and families don’t always get along. But you’re stuck together, so you gotta work it out.”
Borland continued, “I’ve [recently] been talking to him — I haven’t seen him in a year just because of lockdown, and I’ve been so busy with my other projects and doing other things. But we’ve really been ramping up [our conversation] in like the last few days to a week; we’ve been increasingly talking more and talking about what we’re gonna do and everything that’s coming up.”
LIMP BIZKIT are set to hit the road with SPIRITBOX for a U.S. tour this summer. See all the tour dates at this location.