Tuesday, 22 March 2011

The 'sound'

Things are looking up.... gigs,new tunes, new bass player, better quality marijuana and a new recording in the pipeline. Everything else in the world might be fucked but that's not too bad for us!

Over the past few months we've been residing in our hollow, writing an overall organic yet wilful and organised cacophony of sounds for the already battle-haggard, resonating ears of the horde...... we have some new tunes.... finally!

Personally.... I believe that the new songs as a collective, although so far untitled and devoid of any mutterings, certainly encapsulate the 'sound' that we have been aspiring towards and although this 'sound' will surely continue to develop and evolve into something that is truly worthy of Beast-Death Spear-core status (or stoner thrash as described in a recent review!) I think that the finished product will be a fine offering. This will also be the first recording with Will, who has now skinned his first animal hide and is ready to finish sharpening the flint for his spear. He has encouraged and somewhat musically demanded a completely different approach to writing, this is evident in the new songs but I think will be more-so in future endeavours.

We're all set to record the drums with Greg down at Hiram HQ. I've decided to experiment with the drum takes this time around by asking a good friend of mine (check out Invasion Is Not An Option) to produce an 'alternative' mix, using 'Superior Drummer' to sample selected parts of the kit. I have always been totally against the use of samples or triggers and believe that they take away the feel, soul and individuality of the player but this is sometimes in sacrifice of a consistent and water-tight take..... I suppose there are arguments for both and this has caused slight debate in the camp but I think, if nothing else, it will help us to interpret and define a consistent, ideal quality of production and a 'sound' that we can replicate both in the studio and on-stage. The vocals will most likely also be recorded at Hiram HQ and if this is not the case for guitars, then there has been talk of doing them down at the MOTM practice room going for more of a DIY/experimental vibe. Time will tell..... we'll keep you updated and hopefully there will be a 'making of' video uploaded to coincide with the release. Yes, it's a bit assuming and maybe slightly egotistic but fuck you! It'll be mint!

So... watch this space! Please keep supporting us, we're still here! Maybe the new recording, a good string of decent reviews and the increasing (slowly but surely) number of gigs will inspire and arouse our inner-beast...... maybe not. Still..... send us money!

Monday, 14 March 2011


We've been crippled...

...the pack is split...

...we are weak from the bad hunting this winter...

...but come late spring, the fat offspring of our prey will sate our anguished guts...

May 20th - Dickens - Rotherham

June 4th - Vintage RockBar - Doncaster

...more will follow...


Sunday, 30 January 2011

Jan 2011

Januray saw MOTM MkII do it's first show! Almost as if by ceremony, we did it at West Street Live, third on the bill of four, to a healthy crowd of around 50.

We're all pretty buzzed out after the show, and there is an odd energy flying about the place. However, as much as we might want to indulge our gig heads, we must restrain ourselves and get down to some work.

We have 4 new tunes rattling around the place, 2 of which are pretty much set in stone and another couple that are a bit ragged round the edges. What we will most likely do is, record the lot, 'release' 'em on a demo and continue work on them. This is consistent with our overall approach to writing; we are not afraid to rework our songs and tear them to pieces if needs be. Indeed, this is the way 'Kill Your Boss' and 'Rumsfeld...' were written, originally being one song.

Hopefully after a couple of months we will have the new demo done and will be able to start gigging late April onwards. Where before we tried to go for a nation-wide spread of shows, we have reassessed our strategy and will be focusing more on Yorkshire than elsewhere, and aiming for a few London shows... while this is distasteful to us all, it is a reflection of the situation of artists, the sorry state of the music industry and art in general, and the economic realities of being skint...

...and I think that it is fair to say that we have not a plan beyond that! It is a well documented fact that I have more than a wee liking for planning and it is a not the easiest thing in the world to proceed without some sort of framework... but I also have a great amount of trust in the boys and in our ability to work hard and deliver the goods...

Please egg us on, please keep listening, please demand more songs, please demand us to play shows... we know our place... a touring band, playing shows to rooms full of angry people eager to express themselves and who secretly yearn for a better world...