Motorpsycho

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Anyone who likes them?

man, Sunday, 24 November 2002 02:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

ddd, Sunday, 24 November 2002 16:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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:

http://3voor12.vpro.nl/concerts

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

sander, Sunday, 24 November 2002 17:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

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

Marco Damiani, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 14:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK9n6n8qfus&feature=player_embedded

(via Subjectivisten.nl)

Ludo, Thursday, 30 December 2010 14:22 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 30 December 2010 15:01 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (six years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

they sure do. this is incredible. "into the mystic" is massive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atV4fQ4Z68k
unfortunate title and all

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 14:45 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-BAL-pNu9I

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 6 September 2012 18:57 (four years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

sold

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

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/72/Let_Them_Eat_Cake_%28albumcover%29.jpg

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 (three years ago) Permalink

Listening to Trust Us right now! So damn good.

loving Vortex Surfer, got a massive coda
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW6aF7ZdMhE

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

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

Word, thanks

calstars, Friday, 25 March 2016 17:22 (one year ago) Permalink

I think I really love this band

frogbs, Friday, 8 April 2016 12:16 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (seven months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

http://motorpsycho.no/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/the_tower_motorpsycho-1024x1024.jpg

Friends!

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:

http://motorpsycho.no/2017/07/the-tower/

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 28 July 2017 04:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

haha

Spottie, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've had similar experiences with Ween too

frogbs, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeh ween is even more varied

Spottie, Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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

the ghost of lorax past (FlopsyDuck), Friday, 11 August 2017 02:54 (one week ago) Permalink

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

https://www.setlist.fm/stats/motorpsycho-63d62abb.html

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 11 August 2017 04:56 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

And just for fun, my Motorpsycho POX:

Watersound
Pills powders and passion plays
Hey Jane
Starmelt/Lovelight
The golden core
The other fool
Sonic teenage Guinevere
Uberwagner (or a billion bubbles in mind)
Triggerman
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 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

"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 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

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 (one week ago) Permalink

Makes me very happy this thread does

calstars, Sunday, 13 August 2017 01:56 (one week ago) Permalink

xp - Will do!

ArchCarrier, Sunday, 13 August 2017 05:19 (one week ago) Permalink

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
Psychonaut
Radiance Freq.
Un Chien d'Espace
S'Numbness
Ozone
Serpentine
The Slow Phaseout
Sinful, wind-borne
Starmelt/Lovelight

sonderpop, Monday, 14 August 2017 12:40 (one week ago) Permalink


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