The past four years of motor psychology have been dominated by Håkon Gullvåg. His pictures set the framework for an album trilogy that began with "The Tower" and "The Crucible" and has now been completed with "The All Is One". We talked to the painter and the band about their work.
One would think that after successfully completing the trilogy of works, Motorpsycho would first take a break. But in Psychoverse the clocks tick differently. Guitarist Snah already announces the next album - for next winter ..
eclipsed: How does it feel to have finished the trilogy now?
New album, new luck? This does not apply to Norway's permanent rock sensation Motorpsycho. Actually, it doesn't matter which song from which album they play - what's important is this special motor-psycho feeling that lasts long after the last note has faded away. Influences of the 60's, 70's and 90's, Beach Boys, Deep Purple, Hendrix, John Coltrane, Miles Davis - all this piles up in their sound for 30 years to a single outcry. Guitarist Hans Magnus Ryan and bassist Bent Sæther have been with us from the beginning. The drummers changed drums several times, but each time they contributed a lot to the sound of the band. A few days after her anniversary performance in Oslo in December 2018, Sæther is ready for a talk on the occasion of the new album "The Crucible".
eclipsed: Many bands have a discography, motor psychologists have a universe.
Just one year has passed since their last record, Motorpsycho are already ready with a new (double) album: Inspired by the Tower of Babel, "The Tower" is a fascinating total work of art from cover to lyrics to music. eclipsed spoke with a good-humoured Bent Sæther about the new creative phase of a band that has just repositioned itself in terms of personnel and style.
When Bent Sæther calls punctually from his mobile phone, eclipsed sends a message that due to a cold the voice is not so firm, which makes the motor psycho head laugh: "That's bad. We're rehearsing, and I'm deaf as hell. You must speak loudly now!" However, as Sæther is in the best of remood, this does not pose a major problem in the further course of the game.
Bent Sæther is a very friendly contemporary who speaks clearly and articulately about his band Motorpsycho and their philosophy. The praise with which we introduce the interview actually makes him a little embarrassed. Unlike many other artists, he is not afraid to speak openly about doubts about his own work. But he doesn't even need to have that, because "Here Be Monsters" is also another milestone in the motor psycho saga, a work that comes along with quieter tones, but nevertheless, to use Sæther's words, sounds sublime.
eclipsed: Motorpsycho release their albums almost on an annual basis and maintain an astonishingly high level. How do you do that?
Motorpsycho have developed over the last decades into a band that is at the same time extremely multi-faceted and cultivates their own style. On their latest albums they have tried a lot on the one hand - think of the exuberant jazz prog experiment "The Death Defying Unicorn" with Ståle Storløkken - on the other hand they have found a style that combines long, improvised passages and wonderfully harmonious songwriting.
30 years "Fugazi"
"We were in a transitional phase as a band: from a bunch of kids in a van hunting for a record deal to a band that finally had that deal in their pockets and was now trying to record the follow-up to a successful debut album This is Fish's assessment of the situation Marillion found himself in a few months after the release of "Script For A Jester's Tear" in spring 1983.
NOW even more so?!
Eight years Deep Purple have been dragging into the country between "Rapture Of The Deep" and their current release "NOW What?! - the longest span since "Come Taste The Band"/"Perfect Strangers". But the considerable abstinence from the studio didn't let the British hard rock flagship get rusty. On the contrary: The third recording of the Mark VIII line-up is its strongest.
Old in the heart
Mr. Mojo risin' and fallin'
Everything was different when the Doors went into the studio in November 1970 to record their sixth studio album "L.A. Woman". The band was more experienced than ever and yet everything felt different: new producer, new studio, new members and a new structure in the band. On the occasion of the re-release of the last album with Jim Morrison eclipsed spoke with Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek - and had the complete back catalogue commented.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.