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Anyone who likes them?

man, Sunday, 24 November 2002 02:41 (sixteen years ago) link

the motorpsycho zine was awesome - not related to the band i think

ddd, Sunday, 24 November 2002 16:28 (sixteen years ago) link

A GREAT live band. I saw the end of their show in Amsterdam last night while waiting for Radio4/The Faint. I guess you could say 'they rocked', like always do. I heard they played three hours and was not suprised cause I had seen them do it before. It's like the best bits of American seventies rock, with the beards. Really like the albums Trust Us, Timothy's Monster & Let Them Eat Cake. You can listen to a few live shows on our site in real audio:

search for Motorpsycho (or if you like Liars, Zen Guerilla, Spoon, Bright Eyes and 600 other shows)

sander, Sunday, 24 November 2002 17:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Saw them at Tewrrastock and thought they were great but they did go on and are terribly unoriginal - but some decent tunes.

tigerclawskank, Monday, 25 November 2002 11:59 (sixteen years ago) link

It's like the best bits of American seventies rock, with the beards.

Indeed, with their endless noodling, album titles like 'It's A Love Cult', pointless jams and unwashed hippie look they are probably quite a bit similar to Yes and The Grateful Dead. Only the voices of both singers are more annoying than Jon Anderson's.

Martijn ter Haar (wmterhaar), Monday, 25 November 2002 12:41 (sixteen years ago) link

Seem to cover many different styles. Saw their 70s Southern Rock set at Terrastock - horrible apart from "Black To Comm". Have _Trust Us_ 2CD - good record. Heard something about them doing an E6-ish pop LP not so long back.

Wondering Boy Poet, Monday, 25 November 2002 15:58 (sixteen years ago) link

six years pass...

I'm listening to a couple of their older, pre-Allman Brothers infatuation.
Their mix of psychedelic hard rock, distorted indie pop and prog inclinations still works somehow.
Sad they lost their plot so completely.

Marco Damiani, Thursday, 8 January 2009 08:49 (ten years ago) link

Their two most recent albums are great. They're back to psychedelic indierock and their latest album Little Lucid Moments is my album of the year 2008, featuring very great though also very lengthy psychedelic rock. Their shows are also back to the very loud rock they were known for (and also great).

Marty Innerlogic, Thursday, 8 January 2009 10:27 (ten years ago) link

I still find that their two early noughties albums were the best they ever did, when they did basically the same proggy stuff they've always done, but mixed it with psychedelic pop instead of hard rock. :)

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 8 January 2009 21:44 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

New album "Heavy Metal Fruit" out now.
Its very, very good!

Marco Damiani, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 14:18 (nine years ago) link

nine months pass...

Listening to the 4CD box version of Timothy's Monster today. I've never listened to Motorpsycho before. They don't sound anything like their name would suggest, at least not to me.

that's not funny. (unperson), Sunday, 7 November 2010 15:17 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

I missed your thread revive.

I made a Motorpsycho Box Set here. You can stream and download it

My six month infatuation with Motorpsycho is coming to an end but I'm sure I'll go back.
Definitely one of the best bands ever

gravity explodes (CaptainLorax), Wednesday, 29 December 2010 23:29 (eight years ago) link

From what I've read on their forum the band is now busy with compiling another live album in their Roadworks series. This should be Roadwork IV. And they're probably also writing another new album by now...

Marty Innerlogic, Thursday, 30 December 2010 13:20 (eight years ago) link


Ludo, Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:22 (eight years ago) link

Once a year, I go back to them just to re-discover how good they are.
I didnt particularly like Its A Love Cult and Phanerotyme, but every album from Black Hole onwards is good.
Glad to see you put the alternate version of Grindstone in your box!

ps is Nature's Way a Spirit cover?

Marco Damiani, Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:28 (eight years ago) link

Cool, I've been vaguely interested in this band based on some things I've heard by them lately (not necessarily recent recordings).

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:00 (eight years ago) link

I guess that's re: the best of linked to above.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:01 (eight years ago) link

xpp, yeah I guess it is a Spirit cover. I never heard the original until now

gravity explodes (CaptainLorax), Friday, 31 December 2010 01:43 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

I like it - it's a big, pleasant mess, where you can easily detached the usual influences (Black Sabbath, King Crimson, Van Der Graaf, Sun Ra) but there are enough twists and turns to keep you satisfied. There's some filler too, but tracks like Through The Veil or La Lethe are quite good.

Marco Damiani, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:40 (seven years ago) link

Very proggy, very jazzy. A massive listening experience. But it won't become my favorite MP-album, I'm more in favor of shorter songs.

Nevertheless, they deliver every single time.

Marty Innerlogic, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:01 (seven years ago) link

they sure do. this is incredible. "into the mystic" is massive
unfortunate title and all

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 14:45 (seven years ago) link

Check the album, like Marty wrote is massive and all over the place but it is rewarding (and even the failures are somehow glorious).

Marco Damiani, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 15:53 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:57 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

we got any fans here? been hearing some tracks here & there and I'm really digging them, though normally this kind of thing isn't really up my alley.

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:46 (five years ago) link

Oh definitely fans around here. Their latest album Behind The Sun is a step up to the previous one Still Life With Eggplant which didn't grab me like their older albums. Still not a big fan of The Death Defying Unicorn since I like my Motorpsycho playing shorter, more rocking songs, but if you dig proggy orchestral experimental stuff you should try that one.

Their run from 1995 - 1999 is still unsurpassable, with the albums Timothy's Monster, Blissard, Angels And Daemons At Play and their masterpiece Trust Us.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Thursday, 14 August 2014 13:08 (five years ago) link

if you dig proggy orchestral experimental stuff you should try that one.


Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:10 (five years ago) link

i'm an atypical fan and always stanning for Let Them Eat Cake (which is from their psychedelic pop phase). so there.

but thus bump will inspire me to re-listen to the run Marty mentioned.

Ludo, Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:54 (five years ago) link

Listening to Trust Us right now! So damn good.

loving Vortex Surfer, got a massive coda

Strictly EZ Snappin' Nhex (Spottie), Friday, 15 August 2014 21:33 (five years ago) link

six months pass...

Is it just me or is the mix on Timothy's Monster all wrong? Not that it sounds bad, but there's something weird about it, on these sorts of 'normal' melodic rock songs the drums sort of sit in the front while the vocals lay in the background, it's weird and kind of cool, especially when new instruments come in and just take over the whole mix. Outside of maybe The Fall with Mark E. at the mixing desk I can't think of anything else produced quite this way.

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Tuesday, 17 February 2015 13:15 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

First exposure to them was Liitle Lucid. Great. Thinking I should take a chronological approach to the albums

calstars, Friday, 25 March 2016 02:28 (three years ago) link

For those with less time and patience to make it through their 18+ album discography, they released a concise two disc collection last year, Supersonic Scientists - A Young Person´s Guide To Motorpsycho that's a nice intro.

Since you like LLM, I'd recommend checking out Heavy Metal Fruit (2010) next, before going back to the beginning. Demon Box (1993) and Timothy's Monster (1994) are quite different.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 25 March 2016 14:42 (three years ago) link

Word, thanks

calstars, Friday, 25 March 2016 17:22 (three years ago) link

I think I really love this band

frogbs, Friday, 8 April 2016 12:16 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

"Evernine" from Trust Us is the only song I wanna hear today, over and over again

frogbs, Friday, 30 December 2016 17:50 (two years ago) link

six months pass...


On September 8 2017 we release our new album ‘The Tower’ on Rune Grammofon / Stickman Records. It is a double LP, a double CD, and will also be available digitally.

This is how we got here:

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 28 July 2017 04:52 (two years ago) link

change of drummer and producer hopefully will do them some good, their description got me hyped for this

Spottie, Friday, 28 July 2017 08:14 (two years ago) link

was playing some MP when my Dad was around, I think "Whip That Ghost" was on and he said "this is really great, you have good taste" then "Psychonaut" came on and he was like "what the hell is this? put that other band on"

frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:26 (two years ago) link


Spottie, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:31 (two years ago) link

I've had similar experiences with Ween too

frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:32 (two years ago) link

yeh ween is even more varied

Spottie, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:34 (two years ago) link

give dad Phanerothyme for his birthday, that's their ultimate dadrock album I reckon!

new album cover looking promising. Double album.. not so sure.

Ludo, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:43 (two years ago) link

both of them did made surprisingly great country records too. I think that's what links them together, in my mind

kinda glad this one's a double since so many of their great 90's ones were. probably means there will be a few throwaway bits but that's the psychos for ya

frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:46 (two years ago) link

the fairly recent Black Hole/Blank canvas was pretty meh though... (not be a bummer to the party).

and almost all MP records have at least 1 or 2 great tracks, so.. this one should have 4

Ludo, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:58 (two years ago) link

stoked. other double albums (death-defying unicorn oh yeah) have been dope

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:04 (two years ago) link

could I get a few POX's? I keep wanting to get into these guys but their catalog is so damn daunting

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:05 (two years ago) link

Generally think the four record run of Demon Box-Timothy's Monster-Blissard-Angels and Daemons at Play is unfuckwithable. Tough to single out songs from those albums though, as they are such a part of the album their on.

Would have to think long and hard about a POX.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 10 August 2017 21:44 (two years ago) link

^dead on. Been listening to those albums nonstop lately.

the ghost of lorax past (FlopsyDuck), Friday, 11 August 2017 02:54 (two years ago) link

Sometimes when bands have an overwhelmingly huge catalog I start with a mix based on the songs they play live the most:

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 11 August 2017 04:56 (two years ago) link

I would add Trust Us to the run Le Bateau Ivre just described, such a massive experience. Also, Black Hole/Blank Canvas is great, one of their most underrated albums. Curious about the new one, a friend of mine saw them live just last week at the Krach Am Bach festival and he said the new songs he heard were great, a lot heavier than the previous few albums.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 11 August 2017 10:35 (two years ago) link

And just for fun, my Motorpsycho POX:

Pills powders and passion plays
Hey Jane
The golden core
The other fool
Sonic teenage Guinevere
Uberwagner (or a billion bubbles in mind)
The ocean in her eyes

...this feels way too short, I could easily add another ten.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 11 August 2017 10:39 (two years ago) link

I just heard "Starmelt/Lovelight" for the first time on the Supersonic Scientists comp last year. I guess that was on the Lovelight EP -- amazing that with all those albums people can single out a cut from an EP!

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 11 August 2017 12:54 (two years ago) link

It's also on Angels And Daemons At Play. If I were to single out an EP track it would be Mad Sun. Unbelievable that they didn't put that one on a regular album.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Friday, 11 August 2017 13:08 (two years ago) link

"Step Inside" from the 8 Soothing Songs for Rut EP is great, I wish they'd included that on Demon Box instead of the muffled and brooding version we got

amazing how these dudes were able to whip so many pitch-perfect pop songs out of their asses, unusual for such a jam-heavy band. Angels and Daemons has 3 - "Walking on the Water", "Starmelt/Lovelight", and "Like Always".

can't even begin a POX right now but "Sinful, Wind-Borne" and "Evernine" would definitely be on it

frogbs, Friday, 11 August 2017 13:48 (two years ago) link

I'd definitely add Trust Us to the classic run of albums.
Speaking of pop songs, it has their very best, 'Hey Jane'.

I kinda lost track of them after 'Let Them Eat Cake', but I'll check out at least BHBC based on the recommendations above.

And FnB, I had never thought of the setlist trick - that is one to remember!

ArchCarrier, Saturday, 12 August 2017 10:47 (two years ago) link

I haven't heard BHBC in years, but I don't remember it as among their best. But you should check out Little Lucid Moments, Heavy Metal Fruit and last years Here Be Monsters (And the 12 inch with the title track).

satans favourite son, Saturday, 12 August 2017 20:02 (two years ago) link

Makes me very happy this thread does

calstars, Sunday, 13 August 2017 01:56 (two years ago) link

xp - Will do!

ArchCarrier, Sunday, 13 August 2017 05:19 (two years ago) link

Glad to see MP get some appreciation here! I've been a fan since seeing them play for 30 people in a dingy punk rock shoebox on the Demon Box tour. The post-BHBC work never really resonated with me, but this new one sounds interesting, change of drummer might just be the thing they needed.

Anyways here's my quick & dirty POX in no particular order:

Walking on the Water
Radiance Freq.
Un Chien d'Espace
The Slow Phaseout
Sinful, wind-borne

sonderpop, Monday, 14 August 2017 12:40 (two years ago) link

You can listen to a new song here:

satans favourite son, Saturday, 26 August 2017 06:24 (one year ago) link

Rune Grammofon wouldn't give me a promo because it was not officially released yet in North America, hence the pricey $31+ import price on Amazon. I ordered from Stickman which was better, about $23 USD. I won't get the CDs for at least a week but it's just started floating in the c-ether and is on Spotify -



Fastnbulbous, Friday, 8 September 2017 04:10 (one year ago) link

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 8 September 2017 14:43 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Reprtedly their only 2017 UK show (London in October) was pretty sparsely attended. A bit surprising to me and I might have made more of an effort to go if I'd had an inkling it wouldn't be guaranteed busy.

Seems their European popularity doesn't extend across the Channel.

Noel Emits, Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:24 (one year ago) link

That seems about right. I read a lot about how important they are to the Norwegian scene and how their stuff often ranks amongst Norway's best music, which gives me the impression that they aren't very popular anywhere else. Kind of funny to see discussion threads which are half "just discovered these guys and they're amazing, why aren't they more popular?" and half "what are you talking about, we've loved them for years!"

frogbs, Thursday, 14 December 2017 15:20 (one year ago) link

On the Tower, “In Every Dream” is very good. I couldn’t really get with the slower acoustic stuff on the album. At times the singer just sounds kind of cheesy.

calstars, Sunday, 17 December 2017 03:18 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Apparently there's something that isn't working for them beyond Europe. The only lists this album made besides mine was #10 on Prog Magazine's, and The Needledrop's 15 Underrated episode.

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 31 December 2017 14:09 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

They're reissuing their Roadwork series of live albums on vinyl (with CDs in the packaging), and adding a new set. Here's the rundown:

Roadwork Vol. 1 (1999) 2LP/1CD
The Other Fool
A K9 Suite
You Lied
Black to Comm
Words of Wisdom
Vortex Surfer

Roadwork Vol. 2 (2000) 2LP/1CD
Olemanns Kornett
The Wheel
Finske Skoger
The Golden Core

Roadwork Vol. 3 (2002) 2LP/1CD *originally released as part of the Haircuts DVD*
Stained Glass
Custer's Last Stand (One More Daemon)
Little Ricky Massenburg

Roadwork Vol. 5 (2018) 3LP/2CD
Ship of Fools
Un Chien d'Espace

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 15:50 (one year ago) link

Listened to Roadwork Vol. 5 this morning while doing laundry. It's really nice. Other than a little two-minute interlude, the shortest song is 11 minutes, and the longest is over 30.

grawlix (unperson), Thursday, 21 June 2018 13:05 (one year ago) link

oh nice, can't wait to get my hands on it. I only have 1 & 2. 1 is a classic, of course. I kinda love 2 as well though I guess the premise of "three different bands meet each other (presumably) for the first time" may be sort of a turn off. it's pretty wild though.

frogbs, Thursday, 21 June 2018 18:16 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

okay, I've got Vol 3 now and it's great. the "four Norsemen" are presumably the trio + a keyboard player, which does give them the dimension to play something like "Stained Glass", but otherwise they kinda stay away from the folky/rootsy stuff, instead kicking out the jams as they always do. I mean, holy shit, that 20-minute "Hogwash" is something else. And followed up by "STG" ? Wow. Its kinda cool in that there is so much jamming and improvising that a lot of times you forget what song you're listening to. Which is the way I wish more live albums were. Great stuff.

frogbs, Wednesday, 5 September 2018 12:54 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah, I wrote about the whole set at the end of July. I don't think I'm ever gonna dive all the way into their catalog, but there's a lot on these live records that I like a lot.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 5 September 2018 13:47 (eleven months ago) link

five months pass...

holy shit this song is good

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:19 (six months ago) link

link is dead

marcos smart (Spottie), Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:36 (six months ago) link

try this

those "[Artist Name] - topic" accounts are strange

frogbs, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 21:40 (six months ago) link

That is lush, thank you.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 22:27 (six months ago) link


marcos smart (Spottie), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 21:08 (six months ago) link

^ Good times indeed.

Somehow I've only just seen that a new one was announced. Pre orders already shipping apparently.

*there's (Noel Emits), Friday, 8 February 2019 12:06 (six months ago) link

These guys and Autechre putting the lie to the idea that Gen X are slackers.

*there's (Noel Emits), Friday, 8 February 2019 12:09 (six months ago) link

heres another one, I really like this side of the band

frogbs, Friday, 8 February 2019 18:29 (six months ago) link

One of their best album openers imo.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 February 2019 08:20 (six months ago) link

I agree, though I think the album itself (It's a Love Cult) is one of their weaker efforts.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Monday, 11 February 2019 12:42 (six months ago) link

I prefer it over Phanerothyme, but there are stronger ones, sure.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 February 2019 12:44 (six months ago) link

one of their best album closers too, I really love this song. it's like some great Nazz outtake

frogbs, Monday, 11 February 2019 14:33 (six months ago) link

another cool thing - "STG" (Sonic Teenage Guinnevere) uses the same tuning as "Guinnevere" by CSN. of course MP's version rocks a lot harder :)

anyone hear the new one yet?

frogbs, Monday, 18 February 2019 21:51 (six months ago) link

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