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29.06.2024 “BANDHAUS ÜBER ERFURT”-Festival / Erfurt (Germany)
Sounds great! How long was the show? How far did the wheel roll? ;)
@boomer Thanks a lot for your super-swift reply! The record/ticket-store I frequent a lot told me that tickets are gone, but a friend just sent me a link where ordering online still worked. Thanks..problem solved ;-)
Same for Berlin. Some ticket stores say sold out, but the link on motorpsycho.no still seems to offer some!
I prefer a classic over a cover, simply because meanwhile many many gems don’t make it into the setlist anymore. After 30 albums the band would have to play 4hour-sets to appropriately represent their discography and with each new release chances to hear old tunes get lower. That’s the downside of hypercreativity, i guess Buthey…after all, it is their party….they can do whatever they want! Looking forward to Dresden.
Sounds promising. I really want to know (as i did in the past) how they rehearse while being on tour? Extended soundchecks for sure, but given the number and length of the tunes, i wonder if they do something like “dry-playing” the songs while on the highways If anyone knows…enlighten me please!
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Interesting that they decided to go heavy on HMF and BTS.
Wow, never read such harsh words from die-hard/long-term forum dwellers. In a way i am now both sad and glad i don’t get to see the temporary line-up. Some of the post-Geb gigs i attended were a let down, most were brilliant….so i am not too worried. That’s part of the mechanics of the band i guess….often they lift off and sometimes they don’t. And i simply can’t imagine they “unlearned” how to do a proper live show! Come on, who are we talking about here
Looking forward to Dresden.
Wow, they sound great! I think i see what some of you mean regarding a certain lack of punch on the snare, yet it’s great how he straightens matters a bit. Really great footage! Enjoy the Trondheim gig everyone!
Thanks! We’ll see how things change after the next drummer swap :) I for one have absolutely no problem with a 20+ song setlist and a little more 4/4 measure.
Oh, sorry Mate! Not the kind of vibe i Wish to anyone ;)
Two more Cents:
– Love that Snah is very present on the Album
– really like the combination of acoustic guitars and gently subdued fuzz bass…not for the sake of being brutal but just that little edge it needs to not make it too tame
– as someone mentioned earlier, i also get a late 90/00s vibe from it
Wow, i didnt expect it to be rather sparse. After reading who would be involved in the making, i expected it to be more dungen-like psychedelia/eclectic kammermusik. It is really great. The last albums were more from the head, this is more from the belly and the Heart.
Regarding fade-outs: I also hated them in the past. Thought of them that the artist was being too lazy or uninspired to craft a proper ending. Now i really love them if they fit the song. There is something bittersweet about it….like looking back at your love when the train departs ;)
Rating: 12 out of 15
According to Hans Magnus “Snah” Ryan, MOTORPSYCHO currently have the feeling that they have just started making music because they still have so much to say – mind you after a good 30-year band history! With their new album, the Norwegians show another facet of their shapeshifting self and, to a certain extent, also put up an alternative to their last two or three long players, which were thoughtful and tied to complex content concepts. The short and concise title “Yay!” says nothing direct and yet says a lot: The material is comparatively uncomplicated and prompted its creators to make this exclamation precisely because they had so much fun writing and recording the predominantly acoustic and traditionally song-oriented songs. The barely expansive tracks are focused on the lyrics and kept in the best singer-songwriter tradition, although the musicians’ Psych-Prog background still shines through.
“Yay!” bursting with different flavors, is colorful like its cover – ‘Cold & Bored’ comes in two parts, Mediterranean or Latin-like, ‘Sentinels’ mostly instrumental (the band still remains committed because they couldn’t jam freely while working on the songs ) and ‘ Dank State ‘ buoyantly sunny in the spirit of the Beatles’ psychedelic pop at their peak. In keeping with this, most of the texts tell more or less banal everyday stories with a wink and quite serious overtones; Brittle melodies and percussion elements are among the mainstays of the album, for example in ‘W.C.A’ or the summery finale ‘The Rapture’. The only heavy rocker ‘Hotel Daedalus’ – with ‘Kashmir’ flair (Led Zeppelin) – is at the extreme end of the range of MOTORPSYCHO anno 2023, the weird love song ‘Loch Meaninglessness & the Mull of Dull’ and the melancholic ballad ‘ Real Again (Norway shrugs and stays at home)´ on the other. CONCLUSION: With “Yay!” MOTORPSYCHO go a little way back into the song-like years of their work and present a basically acoustic album that Reine Fiske and Lars Fredrik Swahn (Dungen and others) refined with a wonderfully intimate production. The result is, in the best sense of the word, quirky folk-prog-pop for a wider audience than usual, although the band’s handwriting remains recognizable at all times.
Really cool twist as a kraut tune. That riff is just eternal. It was the first i learned on bass after i discovered MP and noticed that using a distortion pedal on bass works pretty dann well
That riff loop, that celestial transition with the melody notes and that massive final chord…..the definition of epic music
Break from shift work
The Norwegians from Motorpsycho have always been busy. Much to the delight of their loyal fans, they reliably present album after album and, despite all the quantity, don’t forget the quality. From 2019, the band even increased their productivity again, starting with “The Crucible” a stringent annual rhythm was struck. This definitely requires discipline from the inclined audience, because the full processing of their works does not succeed on the side. So now: “Yay!” as the successor to the fine predecessor “Ancient astronauts”, which tended towards the overflowing format. The album contained only four songs, which nevertheless made it to almost an impressive three-quarters of an hour. “Yay!” goes a different way: Motorpsycho shook themselves up and threw off a lot. What has remained: its great class. “Cold & bored” and “Sentinels” at the start present the band resolutely in an acoustic guise, which isn’t bad news despite all the reduction. Of course, Motorpsycho basically live from the shift work, when the songs unfold more and more powerfully and sometimes almost end up in chaos before everything is brought together again. But even this reserved, completely simple (and certainly not simple-minded) expression of her work has its undeniable appeal. “Patterns” as the first big highlight on “Yay!” but then also shows directly that Bent Sæther, who wrote all the songs, doesn’t like to exaggerate with the reticence. Later on, it gets very intimate when Sæther takes a look at the Corona period in “Real again (Norway shrugs and stays at home)” on the basis of a guitar that is only used hesitantly: “Now we’re hanging out in different rooms / All pretending to cherish meetings on Zoom / Supposed to strengthen all our ties / But your faces all seem demoralized / I can see the light growing dim in your eyes.” The heaviness of the content and the musical lightness are brought into perfect harmony here. Sæther and his comrades-in-arms continue to creatively live out the joy of variety. “Hotel Daedalus”, for example, comes very close to the typical Motorpsycho sound in the second part of the album and can be described as almost overflowing in comparison to the rest of the work, not only because of its length of almost eight minutes.
“Yay!” is by the way the first album after the Norwegians announced the departure of drummer Tomas Järmyr. However, he is still involved here, as are Reine Fiske and Lars Fredrik Swahn from time to time. At the very end, in the final “The rapture”, Motorpsycho sum up the album: “Days are getting longer, summer’s almost here / I thank my guardian angels we survived another year / When summer rolls around again / I’m gonna lay my head back in the grass / And count my blessings one by one, and hope it won’t be my last.” Summers come, summers go – and Motorpsycho just keep doing what they do best: reliably great art.