To say that many people went through a “funk” during the pandemic is probably an understatement. Two of Slip knot‘s members are guitarists Jim Root and Mick Thomson – have revealed their own bouts of depression during the pandemic, speak out Guitar world about how they eventually escaped each of their “funks”.
For Root, the guitarist admitted that even music did not help him at first. “Guitars depressed me, everything depressed me,” says the musician. “It’s strange how the wires in your brain cross, and while the guitar used to be an outlet for me to escape things, this time it reminded me of all the things I wasn’t able to do when I was watching it. because of Covid. So this positive force in my life turned into this negative thing, which would have been absolutely bloody horrible if I hadn’t been able to pull myself out of it.”
The guitarist recalls some of his negative thinking, adding: “I lost all sense of positivity. I had no meaning at all. And I thought, ‘What difference does it make if I’m here or if I’m not here?’ What is the use of my existence? I have achieved pretty much everything in life that I set out to achieve. How do I set new goals and why should I bother?’ That’s what went through my head, and it was scary.”
The guitarist also mentions some home repairs and dealing with a bad relationship adding to his general anxiety, but he eventually sought help. “Eventually I got depressed enough and dark enough and sick enough of my own shit that I reached out for help and started seeing a therapist. And it really helped. They say men only seek therapy out of necessity. They want don’t go unless it’s their last resort.”
As for Thomson, he also reveals that he was in a bad place. “It seems like every plausible metric is screwed at the moment. I was in a very bad place a lot of the time.”
When asked if he was angry and depressed, the musician replied: “Oh, I always am. When am I not? More than usual? Absolutely. It’s been like a horror movie. It’s the frog that doesn’t know, that the water in the pot that he’s in is starting to boil. It’s coming up and we’re sitting in that almost boiling water right now and we’re like, ‘Oh, this is shit.’ If you woke up 28 days later, you’d be like, ‘What the hell happened to the world?!?’ It doesn’t seem right, but in incremental steps to where we are, you deal with it somehow.”
While Root initially struggled to pick up the guitar, Thomson revealed that music provided his therapy. “It’s always therapeutic for me to do something with guitars. I have pedals all over my dining room table. There are guitars all over the floor. I’m just working on shit and experimenting and playing,” he explained. “I’m always putting pickups in something or changing out a bridge, just messing with things, adjusting the action and intonation. And as soon as I’m done working on something, I plug it in and play with it for hours.”
He adds, “What’s fun about it is that it will feel like I’m messing around with something else and trying it out. So there’s an excitement around guitar because I’m constructive. It’s not, ‘Oh , see. Occupation .Guitar.’ During the quarantine I spent hours and hours on it to get everything set up correctly. I definitely played a lot, but my mental escape comes from fixing shit and changing things.”
In the end, the persistence to work through their issues paid off as a new Slipknot album is upon us. The end, for now just go into the stores and you can pick up a copy here.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, there is help available Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration website. To speak with someone on the phone, call 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or text 1-800-487-4889.
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