Last week, Ned of the WGRD 97.9 FM radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan asked Dez Fafara what was up with Coal Chamber, who reunited last year, and when he replied, he revealed that new material is in the works. This is what he had to say:
“What we did is started talking over the last six years — they were coming around to DevilDriver shows and such; I mean, they actually hang out with the DevilDriver guys in L.A. more than I do, ’cause I live outside of L.A., about two hours. We did that Australian run and it went just spectacular. After that, we went down and we did South America for nine days, and that went killer. So now we’re starting to kick around, like, ‘OK, do we wanna hit the States? Do we wanna do something?’
Coal Chamber, for me right now, is like a really fine woman, man. I’ve gotta re-date her — she’s back in my life, I’ve gotta see how she is, and we’ve gotta take our time with each other. And that’s what we’re doing. And I think that’s the important thing — we’re doing it for the love of the music as well. There’s a lot of people that never got to either see Coal Chamber live or haven’t seen us in a long time due to the breakup.
It’s good to see [the other guys in the band] off hard drugs, man, and you can see their guys are crystal clear, and it makes me wanna do music with them again.
Right now, with Coal Chamber, that’s what we’re doing — we’re taking it slow. About a week ago, they sent me some new tunes and said, ‘Hey, would you ever think about doing a new record? Here’s some new tunes.’ And they were absolutely killer. They were moving forward with their sound, but yet you could tell it was Coal Chamber, but it wasn’t so linear. So who knows what’s gonna happen in the future, man? We’re just playing it by ear at this point. I’ve got a lot going on right now, so we just have to really see.”
You can listen to the interview at this location.
The band’s last studio album, Dark Days, was released in 2002 on Roadrunner Records.