Our thespian (yep, with a t…) phase is over, and life is returning to normal in the Psychoverse. Well, as normal as it can get with the band yet again being reduced a duo :-)
We thank all the drummers that have offered their services over the last few months for their good words and faith in us, it means a lot, but we have yet to figure out how we want Motorpsycho to continue in the future and if we even need a permanent drummer again (they’re like keyboarplayers you know, they never seem to last…!).
It is in many ways tempting to just let the creative core of Snah & Bent be the band and hire whoever suits the new music we’ll be writing the best whenever new material is ready for recording or touring. This makes it more of a project than a band though, and we don’t know if it is a good thing to do in order to get the best out of MP as possible. But it is certainly a different way of doing things, if nothing else!
Having the history we have as a band is a heavy responsibility and a heavy baggage to carry around and represent at all times (and a bitch to have to teach to yet another new guy…), so it’s tempting to use the oportunity to change things up a bit and not just go back to the default trio mode. But we’ll see – all of a sudden things might make new sense: something or someone will show up that will force our hand in some direction!
That is what always happened in the past, and if we’re patient it will happen this time as well. Frankly, it is kinda exciting to be rudderless like this for a while too you know: everything is wide open!
Routine is the killer of art, and this at least brings new hope.
The theatre experience we had this fall was a really positive one for us. Having to play to and relate to dialogue, live action and films is a new experience, and a pretty challenging one too. Playing this piece for 2h10mins almost every night for 6 weeks one would think would get boring, but it was actually such a challenge just to get it right that neither auxilliary Psychos Tos and Pål or any of us got fed up with it! That in itself is pretty amazing coming from a band who usually are so restless they don’t even play the same set two nights in a row, but for real: it demanded such intense concentration and presence that it actually felt like playing a three hour gig!
We recorded almost every performance, and will go through the recordings and see what parts have more legs and a possible second life in them in the coming months. We have to tweak this stuff quite a bit to make a record out of it, but the vibes are in place and it’s basically a matter of reformatting it to work without all the visual input.
One of the theatre performances was filmed, and if it all works out we’ll hopefully be able to include a DVD or BluRay of the play with at least a ltd ed of the album when that is finished. That way the path of the music can be traced, perspectives will be available for everyone, and hopefully some of you will find that an exciting prospect! We have no deadline on this, but it will be out asap.
Oh, and if you missed the original run of the play, you actually have a second chance: it will be played twice more in Oslo at the National Theatre in June. Please check back for further details later!
In other areas we are finally getting our shit together, as the cleaning up after last tour is nearing the end. And guess what?
We’ve found some left over copies of HERE BE MONSTERS 2 that we are putting up for sale in a few days! If you want to avoid paying silly money on Discogs or eBay, this is your chance. As usual, we only allow one copy per customer. The upcharge is to cover shipping from Norway (which is insane – we are sorry, trust us!)
And yup – our 1997 album Angels And Daemons At Play is finally gettin the deluxe treatment, and will be out in a few weeks on both Stickman and RuneGrammofon. This time around it will be a 6 disc set so this one will last you all x-mas for sure!
To celebrate this golden period of our history, we’ve rummaged through the motorpsychodelic archives and dug up some cool stuff we’ll bundle with reprints of both the fantastic Angel and Daemon longsleeves we made for that tour and a few other extra goodies that we found at the back of the warehouse. There will only be 200 copies of these bundles, but you can pre-order them in the store pretty soon. Please specify if you want an Angel shirt or a Daemon shirt and what size you prefer!
It will take us a few months to figure stuff out, but we are not done and the good ship Motorpsycho is still afloat!
Thanks for checking in,
Thank you for the update, sounds exciting -*eternal love* is with you guys anyway :-)
Great to hear some news. Looking forward to See you guys in the future.
Really want that Angel or Daemon shirt.
Exciting times, ideed. The ‘project’ aspect of things is of course not entirely new in MP-land, and has been – viewed from the distant outside – something that has only added depth and texture. And certainly sustained my own interest over 20+ years…
Eternal love from the beginning, till the end!
You are the best band ever.
That’s why we love you so much! Willing or not you keep challenging yourselves and that’s what makes you a fresh band even after all these years! And thanks for sorting my Christmas out with AADAP!
Thank you for the Great Music .Motorpsycho is the fantastic band of the world.
I’ll wait in excitement for new projects from you, with or without a little drummer boy ba-ram-ba-ba-ba…….
And meanwhile I will try to get the stuff that’s available or just around the corner….
Good work so far, good work will come our way. Please continue challenge us.
Hey you guys, you know us Psychonauts are with you for the long-haul trip, so take your time to re-organise the camp with either a permanent drummer or hired-hands to suit; we all know it’ll sound crazy & wonderful!
ps. On behalf of myself & any other fat-boy Psychonauts out there, how ’bout some XXXL T-shirts in those bundles, as your XXL ones are always pretty-boy size & fit like negligees! x
Not a problem, you two are incredible, the music is incredible, still the hottest band around pushing boundaries.
What’s this crap of keyboardist that don’t last? I’m always ready to play with you guys.
Good to hear. Plz keep sail on!!! and AADAP package… can’t wait for!!!
Every single word in this makes me happy. I’m sure your further journey will be as amazing as ever. Lots of love.
LOL BAAARD…Hehe…. I like this idea about Motorpsycho as a duo… But hope you got a new drummer who lives in Trondheim veeeery sooon…. I have said it before ( And i know you dont care.lol) Thomas Jarmyr is my fav…….I just hope you work with him in the future…Thomas and Kristoffer Lo had been awesome i think… Or David Wallumrød on synth.. And Moooore female vokal. Like Ida, Kari or Ingeborg Brattland.. Looking forward whats up next… Goood luck.
Never been better than with Baard on keys. More important than regular drummers.
I trust in MP’s future, whatever shape…
In hindsight I must defend the band format with respect to touring – can’t think of better live experiences than MP 2011-2015. Probably due to the four piece line-ups 2012 onwards? I think MP probably overstretched themselves playing the complex material of “Monsters” live as a three-piece – especially compared to the sheer joy of rocking out as a power trio with well-accustomed songs in 2015.
Any plans for a delux-version of “Trust us”?
Realy nice ti hear, it flows like the River… Sail On!
May the force bring you the wisdom.
How nice to hear something good at these times. We are very happy and stay on board. All love from berlin
When will HBM Vol. 2 be available in the shop again?
How do we specify type and size of shirt? Tried e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org, but got an error message in return.
Same here. Sent an email and got it in return.