Among Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian‘s many projects is The Damned Things, a band also featuring Fall Out Boy‘s Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, ex-Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley and Alkaline Trio bassist Dan Andriano. Speaking with ABC Audio, Ian shares that he would “love” to get The Damned Things back together for another album.
“That’s one of those things where it’s, you know, we’re all pretty busy,” Ian laughs.
The Damned Things released their debut album, Ironiclast, in 2010 and didn’t get around to putting out a sophomore follow-up until 2019 with High Crimes. Even given nine years, High Crimes still came together out of the blue.
“[Trohman] sent me over these demos; I was, like, ‘Dude! These are amazing!'” Ian recalls. “We never had a meeting or a plan to ‘Let’s start writing a record,’ he was just writing and was writing this great s***, and then that turned into the second album.”
As for album number three, Ian is keeping his hopes up.
“I love those dudes, we’re all friends and are some of my favorite people on this planet,” Ian says. “So any time I would get to be room with them, I’d be very happy about it … I would certainly hope that, at some point, we would get to do it again.”
In the meantime, we can hope that Ian’s 11-year-old son, Revel, keeps pestering him about it.
“My son’s been a big fan of that for years,” Ian says. “He’s constantly [asking], ‘When are you gonna make a Damned Things record?'”
Anthrax is currently touring the U.S. while celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary. Black Label Society is also on the bill.
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