Monster Movie - s/t Ep (5tx - Clairecords 2oo1) -
Some months ago i found a website where there were two emails to get in
touch with ChristianSavill and Rachel Goswell of Slowdive.
That one i sent to Her returns me back, while a lot time after i
received an email from Christian announcing His new band, the Monster Movie, just
coming to release Their first ep for the fantastic label Clairecords, that
one of Dan and Heather Sobus, the same Dan of
wonderful Brittle Stars
(komakino#5, for the record, They have just released another single,
available for free on mp3.com/brittlestars). - Ok, nice people meet nice
people, the net is closing in on. - This self_titled cd has got good 5
trx, - but forget the shoegazing/dreampop past also with Them, and get
ready for some sonic brit-pop recalls. Reading the interview, the Band
(well, They are a duoseeing ChristianSavill and Sean
Hewson), They're guilty of 'unpretentiousness'. They're kind and
nice, and by the way Their version is that this ep is principally a demo
done to please first of all them-selves, simply their will to play
music, - but but, i personally think this cd has got its own beauty,
very inner even if with not too high peaks, - i mean, crash landing
and every time i wonder have an own calm/stillness to whistle
carefree, enchanted sonorous carpets, between flanger, distorted star
guitars, - or also get a listen to street lights, kind of a sad
confession before night coming, - all songs with good chorus that You
will keep singing into Yr mind.
k: i read on Yr site that Monster Movie
came first of Slowdive, what's the story? How was the original
sound before this cd?
SeanHewson: Our biography is
slightly misleading. Monster Movie have only been in existence
since the beginning of 2000, but Christian & I were in
bands together before Slowdive. Monster Movie is
the best of those bands, but that is nothing to be proud of.
Our sound is always changing. The album we are currently doing is very
different to the EP we have just released.
k: Who were (or are)
the Eternal? I read You Christian used to play also with Them
before Slowdive. Sean: The Eternal were our band
when we were teenagers in Reading, England. It was Christian
& I on guitar & vocals with a couple of our friends as
the rhythm section. One single was released on Sarah records - I
don't play on that so it's pretty good. Christian's songs are
good but the band aren't really up to it. As I remember it got good
reviews. We also played a gig in Reading which was a disaster - half an
hour of tuning up by four hairy teenagers. Christian joined Slowdive
k: Please, satisfy my curiosity: i never found
anywhere a sure information of Slowdive's nationality
Sean:We're English, but we're big fan's
of Finnish football. Christian visits Finland regularly and has a lot of
friends there. We're currently trying to get the Finnish International
Riihilahti to play guitar on our album. There's a link to his
site on our site-he's a madman in the best possible way.
know, i think Monster
Movie has really few and few sonorities to share with Slowdive,
and well, listening to the Mojave 3, i can't say but the same
thing (excluding the fact about the voices). It's completly a fresh
brand new thing for me, there's not more that kind of dark moods. Is it a
clean cut with the past or simply natural? Do You Christian
still listen to the Slowdive? Then where is Monster Movie's
Sean: One of the obvious differences would be that Christian
didn't write songs for Slowdive. We haven't consciously tried
not to sound like Slowdive, in fact we owe a lot to them as
regards getting ourselves known. Our sound depends on the song-for this
album we're not hiding behind walls of electric guitars as you would
expect, we're hiding behind walls of synths & accoustics. We're not
artful enough to be influenced directly by other bands, we can't play
cover versions and don't know the names of enough effects pedals to copy
sounds,we just try to please ourselves which can be difficult.
I don't ever listen to Slowdive. They are a completely different
band and idea. I really enjoyed being in Slowdive, but that is
firmly in the past. Monster Movie is still developing, the EP
isn't fully representative of what we are doing. The album will be a lot
darker than the EP, which was basically a demo.
split in 95 [am i right?], after the release of Pygmalion, - Rachel,
Neil and Ian formed Mojave 3, - what did You (Christian)
do all this time? and Nick? Sean: I only know Nick.
He's fine, he works for the same company as us, but he's more
important. He's too clever to be a musician.
Christian: We have
tried to get Nick out of retirement, but he is too devoted to
snowboading, mountain biking and other extreme sports. I have been
basically slobbing around for 8 years... and it kind of shows. But now I
am going to get fit, maybe.
k: do You like Mojave 3's
music? Are You still in touch with the other Slowdive's members?
I haven't heard that much of Mojave3, but what I did hear was
pretty good. Not exactly to my personal taste, but Neil is a very
gifted songwriter so I wouldn't be surprised if he came out with
something pretty special at any time. I don't see them anymore, apart
form Nick. k: What's Yr best and worst memory?
Best memories... Getting signed to Creation, playing in America
for the first time, and from a personal point of view meeting my wife
Whilst playing in Philadelphia. Worst memories.... alot of waiting
around and bad gigs. k: Did You ever come touring in italy? [i
hope no!!! i lost too many Bands tour i love!]
Sean: Christian & I play and
write everything. Christian's the stronger singer so he handles
most the lead vocals. The guy who engineered the EP, Martin Nichols,
helps us a lot.He tells us when we're out of tune, explains what a note
is & fixes our guitars. My wife, Louise, has also helped us
out on backing vocals. Hopefully we'll get other people down to the
studio to play on our records in the future. k: What's yr stereo
is playing in last days guys?
k: You know, the fellows at
are fantastic! Together with Yr cd they sent me some "sweettarts"
(chicks, ducks & bunny shaped candies) and a pirate eye patch! How
did You meet with this label? How has been in past with other ones?
I'd expect more for $7 than just a Monster Movie CD as well.
They've been very good to us, we're not intelligent men and anything
that doesn't involve the making of music we get very confused about, so they've
been doing promotion & artwork,trying to sort us out with money, and
generally providing the enthusiasm for us that we don't have.
I contacted them and asked if they wanted to hear a demo, they said OK
and then it went from there. We are really happy to be a part of this
label as it is run by people who we really like. Although I think they
should forget about the 'shoegazing' thing, but that's their decision.
Sean: There are no plans to
tour at the moment as it's impratical with just the two of us. We also
have jobs & wives and all our spare time is taken up recording. You
play live gigs to promote records,us playing live could only ever
promote the idea that we're idiots and that's well known enough already.
It's not impossible but it is unlikely. We are recording the album at
the moment. It's going very well and should be out in September on Clairecords.
Movie: www.monster-movie.com (there some brief audio samples); 701
Oxford Road, Reading Beckshire RG30 IHG, United Kingdom. Il cd costa 7$
u.s., ma prendendolo direttamente da Loro costa u.k. £5 senza ulteriori
spese postali // Clairecords.com
- po box 61495 Jacksonville, Florida 32236 USA //
interview done in april 2oo1, and appeared on komakino#7, april 2oo1