Monday, March 6, 2017

Morass Of Molasses Interview

Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Once we finished mixing the album, the next job was to find a Label to release it. We were lucky enough to find HeviSike Records, who are the perfect partners to get this out into the wider world. Right at this very moment we are working on a music Video for the track ‘My Leviathan’ which will be released just before the album launch.

You have a new album coming out in May, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

This album is a definite progression from the first ‘So Flows Our Fate’ EP that we released back in April 2015. It has grander themes and ideas involved, and as a result the music reflects that wider scope.

What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

The songs each explore particular aspects of the Human condition; such as Lust, Greed, Pride, Jealousy, Gluttony & Vengeance. With mythological Gods, creatures  and settings as the canvas onto which all of it realised.

What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Morass Of Molasses'?

The band name is based on the Boston Molasses Disaster, and this is also the subject matter of the ‘Rotten Teeth’ off our first EP.  However, it’s not merely meant to be a factual re-telling as we are interested in the human stories behind the event. The song, while in a historical context, was written from a first person perspective, as though we were there experiencing the events unfold ourselves.

What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Playing Bloodstock Festival after our EP release was a particular highlight. As was Touring with Ohhms and Slabdragger. We tend to let lose on stage, which adds a level of unpredictability to our performance. No two shows are ever the same.

Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We never really stop touring. Here is a tour planned leading up to the release:

March/April ‘Rise From The Deep’ tour

23.03.17 - Sub89, Reading
24.03.17 - Stag & Hounds, Bristol
25.03.17 - Rebellion, Manchester
30.03.17 - The Star, Guildford
31.03.17 - FreeBird, Newcastle-u-lyme
01.04.17 - Cafe INDIEpendant, Scunthorpe
01.04.17 - Cogs Bar, Birmingham
06.04.17 - Edge Of The Wedge, Portsmouth
07.04.17 - The Facebar, Reading
08.04.17 - The Big Red, London
09.04.17 - Prince Albert, Brighton

The new album is coming out on 'HeviSike Records', are you happy with the support that they have given you so far?

We are so used to doing everything ourselves that it is a pleasant change to have other people involved in helping to move things forward. HeviSike is the perfect home for us right now, and we have been very pleased with how they have let us release the record that we had imagined in our minds.

On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and sludge metal?

Everyone we have spoken to directly seems to love the vibe of our music. We have sold music both digitally and CD’s/Vinyl all over the world via our bandcamp store. So I guess that speaks for itself really.

Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We have already started work on the next release, and have a few songs already. The progression continues, with us adding new elements, and honing the sound we have developed. We never want to stand still as musicians, and so are always challenging ourselves to go to places that we haven’t been before.

What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

The band Elder have always been a big influence on us. But we have found ourselves going back to our roots as well, and adding more Heavy Blues elements. The song subjects are becoming less remote and more personal as well.

What are some of your non musical interests?

We like Beer, Photography, Films… and buying Orange amps

Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

We just can’t wait until the album is out. We are especially excited about the vinyl version which will feature the artwork of Dominic Sohor based on the Mythic themes included in the songs. After that we intend to tour the UK, and make our first trips into Europe and possibly the US.

1 comment:

  1. Superb interview. The sound is going from strength to strength. My Leviathan is so blues heavy that it could be depicted as an anvil made from lapis lazuli thrown through the glass side of a shark tank.

    Can't wait to get my sweat sludge hands on their album.