[media stories: english: 1999]
Daniel on Motorpsycho
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Norwegian rock music ... If you didnīt know you couldnīt tell, īcause it sounds very american at times, very alternative, very indie. But thereīs also english 70īs hard rock. And then something ... norwegian I guess. But I fell in love with the group in a big way.
The first album I got was Trust Us, a double CD from -98. The first time I listened to it
was when I got home from a saturday night on the town, tired and drunk, and one minute into the
first record I fell asleep. Some 20 minutes later Iīm violently awaken by an avalanche of semi-
distorted guitars played at top volume, and a guy ripping his throat out to this "wall of sound"
backdrop. Iīm thinking I died and went to hard rock heaven, sink in to it and fall back to sleep.
A very productive group, their discography could be made endless, but to concentrate on their full-length albums, it all started with Demon Box -93. Pretty much a mixure of dirty progressive hard rock, accoustic songs (with a psychedelic touch) and some heavy sonic experimentation. And, what I consider to be one of the more charming trademarks of Motorpsycho, the lo-fi four-track songs that crop up on the albums (and is the reason you should get all the EPs they put out). Not a first pick album by the norwegians, but the ruffest, dirtiest one. To quote the guys themselves: "I need you like I need gangrene". Well, itīs not that bad, but I donīt feel I have to listen to this one every once in a while.
With the lovely Timothyīs Monster from 1994, I DO! A double album cramed full with all kinds of music. Another one of the lo-fi wonders kicks it off and then, all you have to do is to lean back and enjoy the variety of songs coming at you. Great songs. Mellow and emotionell to panicky angst. Never ever "heavy metal" (their latest live albumīs called Heavy Metall iz a Poze, Hardt Rock iz a Laifschteil) and not "glossy teen brit pop", itīs quite possibly everything in between. You can detect their admiration for groups like Dinasour Jr and Sebadoh, and also old rockers like The Who, Led Zeppelin and Sonic Youth. Alltogether a great album, but songs like Kill Some Day, GiftLand, Watersound and The Golden Core make it a classic. (Watersound would be a cool name for a group ...)
Like a Blissard it hit in 1996, the ultimate alternative rock / indie album, and probably
the more accessible side of Motorpsycho. A great first if you want to check them out. (Try
rewinding from the first track to catch the bonus song). Lead guitarist Snah can really play
without "soloing". He slips naturally in and out of playing a melody or a riff, and playing lead.
Itīs not slick but beautiful (can I use that word?), a lot of emotion is put into the lead. That
can be said for every song Motorpsycho does for that matter. It is emotionell music.
The opening lines:
The lo-fi song on this one is Fools Gold, and it just breaks my heart every time I listen to it, itīs so powerfull. You can really feel this guyīs pain. The covers and CD inlays also add to the atmosphere of the music - very artfull.
The story of the name Motorpsycho goes as follows: The guys strolled around in London and caught sight of a movie theater showing a Russ Meyer trilogy. Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, Mudhoney and (you guessed it) Motorpsycho. They figured they couldnīt be as bas as Faster Pussycat, and if they worked at it they could be as good as Mudhoney. Motorpsycho it was.
Angels and Daemons at Play came out in -97 and differs a little from Timothyīs and
Blissard. Itīs very dark. The CD booklet is downright depressing, and it has songs to match. A few
songs remind you of the Motorpsycho of old, but itīs definately a different kind of teenage angst
than presented on earlier records. Only EP title track Starmelt / Lovelight brightens the day.
Other great songs are In the Family and Like Always.
Trust me when I tell you Trust Us is as good an album as youīll ever find. Released in -98,
another double CD, and another full pointer. Not so much "indie" as Timothyīs and Blissard, some
hardcore stoner rockers actually take this one to heart, due to the heavy riffage on a couple of
A documetary has been made, called This is Motorpsycho, but is quite hard to get hold of by now, but if you get a chance to lay your hands on a copy, donīt hesitate; some interviews, some live performances, some videos all make it a valuable piece of merchandise.
Space is the place, but until then weīll have to make do with Godīs green earth and great bands like Motorpsycho - heja Norge!!!
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