Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth and Cassius King vocalist Jason McMaster was recently interviewed by Glide Magazine
Glide Magazine: Did you think about tying the songs on the album together with certain themes, or did you just let that develop naturally? They all do seem to tie into ideas of visions and menacing places in some way, but not in an overt way necessarily.
JMcM: I think they do tie together for a common reason, and that’s just that when I hear Dan’s riffs, those are influencing me to write a certain way. They influence me to “go dark” because the sounds are dark. They are very Black Sabbath, and dare I say, J.R.R. Tolkien before Led Zeppelin. Though a lot of these lyrics were taken from ideas I already had, there are some songs on there that do tie into the concepts of the album but might be a little more personal.
More than once in a few songs, I’m talking about a ghost or spirit. More than likely, it’s someone who is welcome more than not welcome. I like to think that it could be my mother, if it were personal, but I try to keep the lyrics vague, like in “Traveler”. “Below the Stones” is another song that talks about the graveside. I hate to dabble with death in so many songs, but death is real. That sort of thing weaves in and out of the song lyrics.
The entire interview can be found at this location.