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JIM ROOT Says SLIPKNOT ‘Really Lucky’ Drummer ELOY CASAGRANDE: ‘We Didn’t Even Try Anyone Else’

In a new interview with Tone-Talk, SLIP BUTTON guitarist Jim Root looks back at the first two concerts the band played with its new drummer, former SEPULTURA stickman Eloy Casagrande. The performances took place on April 25 at Pappy + Harriet’s in Pioneertown, California and on April 27 at the Sick new world festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jim said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We just did two new shows to kind of introduce our new drummer to the world. We did a secret show at Pappy + Harriet’s in Pioneertown in the desert, kind of near Indio, near Palm Springs. And man, that was amazing. I love the desert, and that whole atmosphere is just cool. And the people there were just so nice, so cool, so accepting. And they had to have a town meeting there to do the show like, ‘Oooh, SLIP BUTTON. This is a small kind of laid back hippie community. Do we want this chaos to happen here?’ kind of thing. But it all turned out really cool and everyone was really accepting of it and everyone was very respectful. And we raised a ton of money to donate to no-kill shelters and (generated) a ton of money to put back into the economy there in Pioneertown. And I think that kind of thing is epic. That’s much better than… I don’t know. Some of the things you can do in this industry are for, let’s say, not the biggest causes, but if you can do things like that, it just hits harder. And it was something special. And it gave us the opportunity to do something we hadn’t done in years, if not decades: play in front of 300 people. That was fun. I can’t even describe it. So we did that like, ‘Boom, here he is. Yes, you were doing well. Are Eloy Casagrande. He’s our new guy.’ And then what? — two days later we did a Sick new world in Vegas. So we’ve got that under the belt and out of the way, and now it’s time to move onwards and upwards and upwards and jam and rehearse a lot more. I have to get myself into writing mode so we can write decent music Eloy‘s drumming, because that guy is a world-class drummer.

Asked if SLIP BUTTON has started writing new music and or Casagrande is involved in the creative process, Jim said: “We haven’t really started on that yet. We will do that soon. Eloy has sent me some drum loops. He emailed me some… Eloy makes a lot of drumming videos on his own and plays in his home studio and stuff like that. So he sent me five or six minutes – from a minute long to a few minutes long where he just plays drums. And I downloaded those to my computer and I turned them into files that I could import into Professional utensils. And I tried to write some riffs for them for a while. And it was a little difficult because he basically sent me two-minute drum solos. And I’m not really good at finding a piece and carving it out and then putting it in a loop to make it like, ‘Okay, this sounds like it could be an intro riff on the drums. And this sounds like it could be a verse riff on the drums.” Because the specific stuff he sent me is a lot of real stunt drumming and really busy stuff. And I wrote riffs for almost everything. And there’s one in particular that I’m thinking about: if it becomes a song, it’s going to be a terribly chaotic song, which could be really cool. So yes and no, he’s contributing, but we’re not really there yet. We’re trying to get these shows under our belts first and then it’s time to put our noses to the grindstone and start the creative writing process.”

Later in the chat, Carrot talked in more general terms about how Casagrande came to participate SLIP BUTTON and its impact on the band’s overall sound. He said: “We haven’t even tried anyone else. Eloy‘s name came up. He contacted us wanting to be a part of it and started sending over some videos. I think him and our bass player (Alessandro ‘Vman’ Venturella) may have had a small relationship before. I think they knew each other. They had mutual friends. And Vman‘is really in tune with a lot of great, proggy, heavy musicians who are passionate about their instruments. And it just seemed like a no-brainer. And he really respects the legacy of (SLIP BUTTON‘s original drummer, the late) Joey (Jordan), And Joey had a great influence on him. And he’s so humble. The guy has so much humility. And you could tell that he just lives and breathes his craft, to the point where I see his passion and it fuels my passion for my instrument. And Brazilians, South Americans in general, are so passionate about what they do. Our manager told me he was having dinner with four or five promoters from South America, and they were all very enthusiastic. They all say, ‘It’s so good that you have a Brazilian drummer SLIP BUTTON now. We kind of feel like we’ve won the prize World Cup.’ It’s a cool feeling. And God, he just fits in so well. I don’t know, man. I mean, I can say a lot about it. I’m just glad it happened when it happened. And we’re lucky to have him, we’re really lucky to have that guy.”

For both the Pappy + Harriet’s and Sick new world performances, SLIP BUTTON took a classic look and brought back the red jumpsuits from 1999 and elements of their early masks in their modern versions, reflecting the fact that SLIP BUTTON is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

After saying goodbye to Jay Weinberg last November, SLIP BUTTON teased fans with a hint about a new drummer two months ago, posting a photo of a single broken drumstick online with the caption “Rehearsal.”

The band explained in a statement that the break with Weinberg was a creative decision. Jay followed by a statement of his own, saying he was “heartbroken and blindsided” by his dismissal.

Weinberg has since joined SUICIDE TENDENCIES And INFECTIOUS GROOVES.

Casagrande stop abruptly SEPULTURA three months ago, shortly before he was set to begin rehearsals for the band’s recently launched farewell tour celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary.

“February 6, a few days before the first rehearsal, drummer Eloy Casagrande informed the band that he was leaving SEPULTURA to pursue a career in another project,” the band said in a statement.

Casagrande connected SEPULTURA almost 13 years ago as a replacement for Jean Dolabella.

SLIP BUTTON‘s latest album “The End, Until Now”arrived in August 2022. It was the band’s last full-length LP before the departure of both keyboardists Craig Joneswho left the group in June 2023, and Weinberg.

SLIP BUTTON recently announced the North American portion of the “Here Comes the Pain” tour. The band celebrates the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album, “Slipknot”which catapulted the band in 1999.

In addition to recently announced dates around the world, the “Here Comes the Pain” tour, produced by Living nation, includes arena games nationwide this summer. Highlights include New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles’ Intuit Dome, Austin’s Moody Center and more with direct support from Kentucky’s young and vibrant hardcore/metal forerunners KNOCKED UNLOADED. JOB CULTURE And SOLD are confirmed as support on selected dates.

Photo credit: Jonathan Weiner