September 30, 2017 at 19:43 #30875
Yes man, we were blown away at an early age and canâ€™t totally recuperate, (un)fortunately! But I love The Tower and the mature MP, how can you not? But sure, growing up with a band is indeed special, some bonds never break, and shouldnâ€™t. This thing happening now, new peak, new great drummer, great setlists etc etc, almost 30 years in is pretty wild. And Shakti, I feel you (both w concert wishes and 40, turned a couple of months ago, itâ€™s fine!) and will send a prayer to MP-heaven for Rad.Freq. in Larvik (and in Stockholm where I hopefully will catch them if everything works out). And after all, how lucky were and are we? Thereâ€™re still out there. Playing. Amazing.October 1, 2017 at 08:50 #30876
@Supersonic Scientist – Yes, I did now about Fiske playing on Eggplant, but I've only listened to that album a couple of times, so have yet to really get into it. To be honest, though, I'm not that conversant with Fiske's output. I have one Dungen album (Allas Sak), which was gifted to me by one of the friends who got me into MP. And I have Silver Mountain by Elephant9. The Dungen album didn't really do much for me, but I need to go back to it again. Silver Mountain, though, is tremendous. And sticking with these connections – I'm also off to see Jaga Jazzist next month. I know very little about them and have heard only a little of their output, but I have a feeling it's going to be special.
WOW! Anekdoten and MP on a double bill – that must have been something else. Anekdoten also played double bills with Anglagard a couple of years back, which would've been brilliant – but that was in Japan and well beyond by reachOctober 1, 2017 at 09:18 #30877
@Shakti – Your point about eclectic taste is well made. And this little description of how I spent part of my day yesterday should give you a partial answer to how I feel (so far) about the different MP 'eras' that I've heard to date.
Yesterday I went to a gig in London. Whenever I do this I have a routine that involves getting into London early and walking for miles while I listen to whatever music I'm into at the time. So, with Cowon music player and Audio-technica over-ear headphones on, I set out …
Leaving the house for an energetic walk to the station – Cloudwalker.
After a brief moment to blaze up before going into the station, my high state of mind demanded something upbeat and bright – For Free followed by Go To California (album version of course)
Feeling like something with a little more punch as I neared the end of the train journey and left the station in central London – The Tower followed by A.S.F.E.
Now I'm in one of London's big parks and I'm feling like something with a little more bite, something more visceral and immediate – 577 followed by Evernine
And as I finish my walk in the park I want more of that heavy distorted guitar and bass, something jammy – Flick of the Wrist (I'm reminded of the best of Neil Young and Crazy Horse)
By now I'm walking through London streets and all I can think of is I want more of that raw energy – Trust Us (start to finish)
I meet friends at the pub – and all I can talk about is how brilliant MP are. None of these friends have heard MP, so I'm hoping a couple at least will check them out.
After the gig I'm mellowing out and heading home by foot and on the train again – Here Be Monsters (the whole album)
I leave the station and take it slow and easy on the walk home in the light rain – Vortex Surfer
To my ears, MP have something for almost all moments.October 1, 2017 at 09:22 #30878
It's great to hear you all enthusing about what this band means to you and how they affected you back in the day. At 55 years old, I guess I'm older than the average MP fan here. Some of you talked about just passing 40. Well here's what I hope for you – that in 15 years you should be as lucky as me to discover a band like MP. Not just an excellent band, but one that blows your f*cking mind.October 8, 2017 at 22:32 #30879
I'll be at my first ever MP gig at London 02, can't wait.
They have a reputation of being different every night which is scary as haven't learnt eve half their out yet!
I'm a prog head so the earlier albums are a bit grunge for me despite them being considered the peak for many fans, however live they seem to have more impact to my ears so maybe that's how I should get into them eg Walking On Water or acoustic version of Mad Sun which are brilliant. I would love a track from Phanerothyme but doesn't seem like they play that stuff much.October 9, 2017 at 10:13 #30880
@karnevil9 – I'll be at the Islington O2 too, which will also be my first MP gig. Hope you enjoy it.October 13, 2017 at 05:40 #30881
Just bought a ticket to see MP in KÃ¶ln.December 8, 2017 at 22:27 #30882
Say, Punj, have you gotten hold of all their studio albums yet? What do you make of Timothy's Monster? And what are your thoughts on Demon Box, I wonder… ?December 8, 2017 at 23:37 #30883TraktorBassParticipant
And which side of the Neverland war are you on?December 9, 2017 at 07:11 #30884December 9, 2017 at 09:40 #30885
@Great King Rat – Not all of the albums, yet. But I couldn't hold back on Timothy's Monster – had to get it. I haven't got Demon Box yet, though. That's next on my list.
TM is a proper monster – huge, beautiful, ugly, scary, mesmerising. At 98 minutes, I feel it could be improved by shedding a few tracks, but where would you start? You can't! It's all good, just some is much better for my taste – The Wheel, Golden Core, Giftland, Watersound, Feel, Kill Some Day… In the Golden Core vs Wheel debate – today I prefer The Wheel
Where does the album fit compared to all the others? For me that's difficult to say. At the moment, I see this as one of several albums (up to Trust Us) that constitute a certain MP era. Of the ones I have from that era (TM, B, AADAP, TU) Trust Us is the one that really stands out to me as a stone-cold classic. The others all have a few tracks that I don't like so much, but when you're talking about six albums' worth of material in three albums (TM, B, AADAP), that's no surprise – that's just an embarrassment of riches – a brilliant, creative band in full flow.December 9, 2017 at 09:46 #30886
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