Scott Ian is a busy guy. He’s currently promoting his memoirs I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy From Anthrax, and next month, he releases Swearing Words, a DVD of his self-described “speaking words” tour (a show in which he tells stories, but it isn’t “spoken word” per se). Also, of course, Anthrax is often on the road, and the band is working on the follow-up to their 2011 album Worship Music.

But it turns out he has another project in the works, as he told in an interview promoting I’m the Man.

“There’s a band called Mother Superior that you’ve probably heard of: they were the Rollins Band for years. It was Jim Wilson’s band, he’s been Daniel Lanois’s bass player for years, he was just Emmylou Harris’s musical director on her last tour. Jim and [Scott’s wife, singer/songwriter] Pearl are writing partners, they’ve written all of Pearl’s solo material together. We love Mother Superior, this… three-piece rock band from L.A. They’ve been gone for about seven years. I turned 50 last December. My birthday present to myself was, I cherry picked my 12 favorite Mother Superior songs, I put a band together, and we played a concert in the jam room in my house for like twenty of our friends, who are really into Mother Superior. The vibe in the room was so good. It was me, Jim Wilson, Pearl, John Tempesta [formerly of White Zombie, Exodus and Testament] on drums and Joey Vera [formerly of Armored Saint and Fates Warning, and briefly of Anthrax] on bass. We crushed it.”

“Long story short: Tracy Vera is at work the next day, she’s the Vice-President of Metal Blade Records. [President] Mike Faley walks in and says, ‘I heard about this gig at Scott’s house last night! [Photographer] Neil Zlozower called me and told me about it!’ Neil’s a big Mother Superior fan, too. ‘Are they gonna do anything with that?’ And she said, ‘I don’t know, I’ll call Scott.’ So she called and asked me, ‘Do you want to do anything with this, because Metal Blade would sign it! It would be my project.’ I was like, ‘I would, but let me ask Jim!’ And he said, ‘That would be great!’ So two weeks later, we went into the studio with [producer] Jay Ruston, set up live, and made the record in two days. Metal Blade’s putting it out at the end of January.”

He notes that they aren’t calling it Mother Superior for legal reasons — the project is called Motor Sister.



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