MOTORPSYCHO albums poll

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it beats me how this hasn't been done yet. really solid argument(s) could be made that this is the best rock band of the past 25 years

Poll Results

OptionVotes
TIMOTHY'S MONSTER (1994) 4
THE DEATH DEFYING UNICORN (2012) 3
TRUST US (1998) 2
BLACK HOLE / BLANK CANVAS (2006) 1
BLISSARD (1996) 1
DEMON BOX (1993) 1
BEHIND THE SUN (2014) 0
THE MOTORPNAKOTIC FRAGMENTS (2014) 0
STILL LIFE WITH EGGPLANT (2013) 0
HEAVY METAL FRUIT (2010) 0
CHILD OF THE FUTURE (2009) 0
LOBOTOMIZER (1991) 0
LITTLE LUCID MOMENTS (2008) 0
IN THE FISHTANK (WITH JAGA JAZZIST) (2003) 0
IT'S A LOVE CULT (2002) 0
PHANEROTHYME (2001) 0
LET THEM EAT CAKE (2000) 0
ANGELS AND DAEMONS AT PLAY (1997) 0
THE TUSSLER (1994) 0
EN KONSERT FOR FOLK FLEST (2015) 0


reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 6 August 2015 02:55 (two years ago) Permalink

i mean if a dude from dungen AND a dude from supersilent are involved with these guys what is there not to like?

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 6 August 2015 02:55 (two years ago) Permalink

IN THE FISHTANK (WITH JAGA JAZZIST) (2003)

I hadn't heard anything except the title track from Demon Box but I have clearly underestimated this band.

Tom Violence, Thursday, 6 August 2015 03:09 (two years ago) Permalink

I've only heard Behind the Sun but I'm into it. They're a pretty daunting lot to just get into at this point.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Thursday, 6 August 2015 03:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah their dumb name turned me off from checking them out but they rule

Ma$e-en-scène (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 6 August 2015 03:11 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised there aren't more Motorpsycho threads in general, this band is incredible, and I say that even though I've only heard like...4 of their albums

frogbs, Thursday, 6 August 2015 03:27 (two years ago) Permalink

The one song (!) I've heard was amazing, but for some reason I expected that to be an outlier in a catalog of Turbonegro/Backyard Babies soundalikes. I can't listen to every album on Spotify but I can certainly listen to the top 5 poll winners and move on from there.

Tom Violence, Thursday, 6 August 2015 03:31 (two years ago) Permalink

some days i think this is my favorite rock band.

Spottie, Thursday, 6 August 2015 03:32 (two years ago) Permalink

Just wanna share this song which is super atypical of them but I love it all the same - reminds me a lot of Ween's country album, in a good way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uNUc_vrezo

frogbs, Thursday, 6 August 2015 03:44 (two years ago) Permalink

their diversity is pretty astonishing. like WEEN (RIP!) they can pretty much pull off anything really really well except they're never trying to be funny so much as blow your mind which WEEN only seemed like they were trying to do on occasion

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 6 August 2015 09:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Probably my favorite band of the last 15 years. Their run from 1995 to 1999 is godlike. I voted Trust Us, my introduction to the band and my favorite double album of all time.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Thursday, 6 August 2015 12:02 (two years ago) Permalink

The bracket on the motorpsycho forum came down to Trust Us vs Timothy's Monster, the former winning by 1 vote if I remember correctly

The Once-ler, Thursday, 6 August 2015 13:20 (two years ago) Permalink

their diversity is pretty astonishing. like WEEN (RIP!) they can pretty much pull off anything really really well except they're never trying to be funny so much as blow your mind which WEEN only seemed like they were trying to do on occasion

good point - though I'd argue that Ween from say, The Mollusk on could get pretty deep and unexpectedly heavy (emotionally). with MP their output seems almost unreal, how can one band release so much quality material so quickly?

frogbs, Thursday, 6 August 2015 13:59 (two years ago) Permalink

I so want to see these guys. I hope Lee Dorrian books 'em for Roadburn 2016!

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 6 August 2015 14:24 (two years ago) Permalink

It would be great to have Motorpsycho curate Roadburn 2017.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Thursday, 6 August 2015 14:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Here's a short overview of the different Motorpsycho-era's and style switches they so seemingly easy went through:

1990-1993 Early years. Loud, noisy, screaming vocals, out-of-tune singing, heavy stonerrock-ish, sometimes folky and acoustic, big riffs, grungy. Culminating in Demon Box, their first classic release. Picture them somewhere between Hawkwind, Sabbath, Dinosaur Jr., Soundgarden.

1994-1999 The psychedelic era. The best album run ever imho starting from Timothy's Monster all the way to Trust Us. This is a highly productive time for the band. TM being their sprawling triple album collecting some of their finest short rockers and very long pieces (The Wheel 17 mins, The Golden Core 13 mins). Blissard is a very focused alternative rock album hinting at a deep love of Sonic Youth, AADAP being their back to basic album, ending with Trust Us, their 3rd double album, which features one of their most well known songs and permanent set closer Vortex Surfer.

2000-2004 The pop era. Dialing back the loud guitars and going for a smooth proggy pop sound inspired by Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Nick Drake. Especially Let Them Eat Cake gave them a near breakthrough here in The Netherlands, with high chart positions, a VPRO-documentary on national television, and sold out shows all the way, including Paradiso Amsterdam. For a Norwegian band they're very popular over here and in Germany. You could say this is their Geir Hongro-phase. After the Jaga Jazzist collaboration (fantastic live) the drummer Hakon Gebhardt left, leaving Bent and Snah behind.

2005 - 2006 Transitional era. Back to rock, resulting in BH/BC, made by Bent and Snah alone (Bassplayer/vocalist Bent plays the drums on this one). Underrated album, very guitar-centric, personal favorite, Their 4th double album.

2007-2012 Enter the new drummer, jazz and metal virtuoso Kenneth Kapstadt. Full on prog is the new direction, starting with LLM (containing four very long songs). COTF is a vinyl only album, recorded with Steve Albini so it's really nice and raw. Currently out of print but a gem altogether. TDDU is a totally over-the-top progrock experience with a jazz orchestra and a huge choir.

2012-2015 What can you do after you've gone totally over-the-top? MP went back to the band format but added Reine Fiske from Dungen as an extra guitar player, resulting in SLWE (a tepid release) and their most recent regular album BTS (a very strong effort, another personal favorite, especially after SLWE which was a disappointment imho). Live shows i saw with this formation were killing.

There's a lot to love with this band.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Thursday, 6 August 2015 14:55 (two years ago) Permalink

great post.

Spottie, Thursday, 6 August 2015 15:41 (two years ago) Permalink

MP is an awesome but somehow unheralded band. the greatest trick the popists, punkists, and anti-rockists ever played is convincing the world that great new "prog" doesn't exist. they sorta did the same with jazz

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 6 August 2015 16:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Marty, nice! Interesting that you didn't mention Heavy Metal Fruit which seemed to gain them a lot of new fans. What's your opinion on that?

There's a good FLAC rip of Child of the Future floating about, recommended!

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 6 August 2015 17:14 (two years ago) Permalink

checking out cotf on youtube now.

HMF was my entry point but i like that late 90s run more.

Spottie, Thursday, 6 August 2015 17:20 (two years ago) Permalink

I liked HMF when it came out, but it has kinda lost its momentum with me. I much prefer the last album Behind The Sun.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 7 August 2015 11:20 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 31 August 2015 00:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 00:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Wow, 12 voters. And this is why they'll never tour outside of Europe.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 02:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Kinda surprised it got that many votes tbf

Spottie, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 03:11 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

"she left on the sun ship" is astonishing

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 17:09 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

"big black dog" on the new one is a grade-a sidelong epic. please tour america

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 13 February 2016 20:19 (one year ago) Permalink

New album is awesome on first (well, third) listen.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Sunday, 14 February 2016 01:11 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

oh my. new album (the tower) is amazing on first listen

please tour america (if anything remains after hurricane season '17)

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 10 September 2017 18:22 (one week ago) Permalink

I've been losing my mind over this album. It's just edged out Elder as my favorite of the year so far. I'm also re-listening to their entire catalog. If I could I'd hop a plane tomorrow and follow them for all ten dates in Norway on their tour, and in between wander the forests with Motorpsycho on my headphones. Or going to the Italy dates in November wouldn't be terrible either. *Obsessed Psychonaut*

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 04:08 (one week ago) Permalink

The intro to "In Our Tree" from Black Hole/Blank Canvas (2006) seems to be a tribute to Shellac's "The Billiard Player Song." When they were in Chicago recording Child Of The Future with Albini at Electrical Audio, just a couple miles down the street from me, they played at Empty Bottle on June 22, 2008 and I MISSED IT, cuz I was out of town for a wedding. They also played Terrastock in Louisville the 21st, and Columbus on the 20th. They also played the US in '91, '92, '99 and '02 (CBGB and The Knitting Factory). It's been nearly a decade mates, come back!

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 04:25 (one week ago) Permalink

New album is another really solid addition to the ever expanding psychoverse. I'm going to see them live in about a month in The Netherlands, will be my 13th time.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Tuesday, 12 September 2017 07:51 (one week ago) Permalink

whats the best place to dip in with these guys?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Well, that depends on what you're lokking for.

If you want 90's style indierock you can start with any album released between 1993 and 1999. My personal favorites are Tmiothy's Monster (1995), Blissard (1996)and Trust Us (1998).

If you want psychedlic pop, you'll probably dig the three albums between 2000 and 2003. Let Them Eat Cake (2000) would be a great starting point for this era.

If you want psychedlic prog, then every album from the past 10 years would be okay. Try the new one (The Tower), or maybe the previous album Here be Monsters (2016), which is a great Floydian prog album.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:19 (one week ago) Permalink

Dammit, spelling errors. Timothy's Monster is the album I meant.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:20 (one week ago) Permalink

well none of these categories seem particularly appealing but I've heard so much good stuff about these guys. Do they have a career-spanning compilation?

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 12 September 2017 13:24 (one week ago) Permalink

yes

https://www.discogs.com/Motorpsycho-Supersonic-Scientists/master/900858

it's strange, I'm not really a huge fan of any of MP's peers nor many of the groups they obviously take influence from (The Who, Floyd, Sabbath, etc), but I still love the band

frogbs, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 13:32 (one week ago) Permalink

they're copping serious sabbath licks early here like nobody's business. getting major amon düül ii "restless skylight-transistor-child" on speed vibes from the epics later on

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 12 September 2017 14:41 (one week ago) Permalink

Here be Monsters (2016), which is a great Floydian prog album.

So that eclipsed Behind The Sun which you mentioned as a favorite before? Do you still like Black Hole/Blank Canvas?

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 19:02 (one week ago) Permalink

I like them both. I like them all really. But Here Be Monsters has really grown with me.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Tuesday, 12 September 2017 19:26 (one week ago) Permalink


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