HOLLYWOOD — In Fred Durst's latest typically cryptic blog post, the Limp Bizkit frontman wrote that "peaks and valleys are necessary in life." One might assume, given the dismal sales of May's The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1 EP and the band's unusual silence since, that this is a valley, but Durst says that's not the case.
"I'm definitely on the incline to a peak," Durst said Wednesday, sitting in the living room of his home/ recording studio/ skate park.
"Musically I don't think we could be in a better place than we are right now," he continued, shattering rumors of the band's demise. "It's an exciting time, definitely a time to make an impact with the unexpected."
Durst's interview marked only his second of the year, after vowing not to promote The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1 in any way (see "Fred Durst Promises 'Brutal' New Limp Bizkit Album"). (The first, in February, was also with MTV News and was scheduled to discuss his latest protégés, Ringside.) Although he was hardly short for words and completely candid, Durst said he was only talking because his record label was making him promote Limp's new Greatest Hitz, a compilation he's not too excited about.
"A lot of times that throws the wrong signal out there," Durst explained. "That's sometimes a cash-in time for any artist out there, and they always come out at Christmas. So I don't think any of us were ready for a greatest-hits record at this time, but it is what it is."
Durst would rather be talking about a new album, and apparently Bizkit have two in the can, although he's unsure what will come next from the band. "It might be something new that we write next week," he said. "I think what Limp Bizkit's gonna unfold next is just gonna have to be a mystery to you and everyone else who cares."
One of the finished records is The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 2, an EP Durst described as "nothing like Pt. 1." And the other new material is different than either EP.
"When you say something is very different to a core base that expects heavy music from you or very aggressive music, everybody tends to go, 'Oh, they're gonna get mellow, they're gonna get soft,' " Durst said. "Those are the type of people with those predictable remarks that I could give a f--- about. I don't think our music's any more mellow than it's ever been or any more aggressive than it's ever been. It's just better and the intentions are deeper than just instant reactive. Our music has always been instant reactive and I guess taking our time to absorb things and say what you really want to say could be much more offensive than anything we've ever done. So something really gravy's about to come."
Durst refused to elaborate but did reveal that for the first time, Limp are recording without an outside producer. "We've tried everybody that we wanted to try besides some people we weren't able to get to," he said.
As for The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1, Durst has no regrets over its low-key release.
"It felt good to go out there and sell 30 million records and come back and do something that we wouldn't tell anyone about and feel like a real band again that was doing something just because we wanted to do it," Durst said. "Instead of Wes [Borland, guitarist] coming back and let's shove everything down everyone's throat, let's just do something for us."
Durst scoffed at industry insiders' notions that Bizkit should have toured if they wanted to be an underground, word-of-mouth band again (see "Limp Bizkit: What Happened?").
"We were still writing music, still evolving as a band," he said. "And touring is difficult when everybody's heads aren't in the same place. As much as I want to go out and tour every single day and I'm ready to rip it right now, there's five people in the band, there's five people who've evolved and grown and there's five people who have to get on the same page and want the same things, and it takes a lot to tour. ... I don't think it's the right of anybody out there to judge what's gonna take us to our roots. ... I don't think anybody knows our f---ing roots. I don't think anybody cared to know them the whole way, so I really truly could give a sh-- about anybody's wants or needs or opinions about it because if you stay out of the game you don't have to play the game. So I think I've won."
Limp Bizkit's Greatest Hitz is due Tuesday.