[media stories: 2002: english]
Motorpsycho vs. Jaga Jazzist
Interview on occassion of the Moldejazz show / 2002-07-19
MOLDE (Dagsavisen): Seven years after the so-called "Motorsource Massacre" in Kongsberg, Motorpsycho is back at a jazz festival. Yesterday they played in Molde with the horns section from Jaga Jazzist. A new full-length record will be released in September.
Yesterday a few hours before the concert the mood was relaxed in Bent Sæter, Snah and Gebhardt's dressing room despite the fact that far from all the tunes had been rehearsed in advance.
We can't rehearse details repeatedly for days. We just write notes for those who need that kind of stuff, says Bent Sæther, jokingly elbowing Mathias Eick from Jaga Jazzist.
The meeting beetween Motorpsycho and the free jazz group The Source at Kongsberg in 1995 was a debated affair. The groups didn't prepare in advance and just set off. The only thing this journalist can remember is that it was incredibly loud, but the group thinks this is a wimpy attitude.
It became what it became. This time we have thought and
rehearsed a little more, and then it can become a bit more rigid. With a
bit better dramaturgy,, they explain.
With a Clean Conscience
In addition to old Motorpsycho songs and a couple from their next album, they have dug up old material by McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Art Ensemble of Chicago and Sun Ra. Not whuzz-jazz, but with plenty of speed in the backing.
If we want something to say after 12 years we have to slide left
as often as possible. That is part of our attitude, and how we understand
jazz. We have listened to jazz a lot, it is important for how we think, but
whether it can be heard in our music, is for others to decide. At least this
does not feel artificial. Even if we play rock we have a loose approach to
the music, at least on stage. We don't bring so much jazz, that comes from
the horns. The main argument against Motorpsycho is that the solos are too
long, with "boring transport legs", and "why must they disappear into the
jam fog". Here it will probably be the other way around. Now we can do this
without a guilty conscience.
In September Motorpsycho will release a new studio record. Even if the production is not as strongly defined by studio work as last year's "Phanerothyme", Jaga Jazzist contributes on one song on the coming album and they played two other songs from the record at the concert yesterday. They won't reveal the album's title, but they try to explain the contents.
As usual, it's a reaction to what we did last time. This record
is less thought through in advance than "Phanerothyme", not so thoroughly
arranged, and with more energy. 10 songs in 50 minutes, a couple of them
are 7-8 minutes long.