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Whoever said absence makes the heart grow fonder clearly had Motionless In White in mind.
It’s been a long time coming, but the Pennsylvanian outfit are finally ready to unleash their fifth studio record onto the world. Before the official release of Disguise, Hysteria caught up with Motionless In White frontman Chris “Motionless” Cerulli to chat about the record, lyrical inspiration and the band’s plans to tour Australia.
Hysteria: Congratulations on getting Disguise all finished up! We’d love to know a bit more about it and what the recording process was like.
Chris: I hate saying the same typical stuff that bands usually say about their new albums but it is very true that we think Disguise is better than anything we’ve done before. I think with every record we challenge ourselves a lot and try to beat the last record. Sometimes we feel like we really get that done, sometimes barely and sometimes not at all. Disguise does sound similar to our last record but it’s more refined and mature. I’m so happy that it exists and that we put as much time into it as we did.
Did you experience any difficulties doing this album with a changed line-up?
No. Line-up stuff doesn’t tend to affect us because thankfully, our two primary writers are me and our guitarist Ricky [“Horror” Olson], who’s been there since our first full length. The other guys that have been in and out of the band have helped but we are the primary writers and that’s definitely helped us get through all the adversity that we had to face. This record was great though because other guys in the band did step up more than they previously have and it helped give the album a lot more dimension.
The majority of the songs are based on personal experiences and life in general, but we always have a few songs that fall outside of the box whether they are inspired by a movie or book character or a story we really liked. This record was centred around the mental health of the band members and of the band itself as an entity.
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The band worked with Drew Fulk [WZRB BLD] again, what does he bring to the table that keeps you going back?
Drew has always been a person that really understands the vision of the band and what we want to accomplish musically, lyrically and thematically. He’s always been the kind of guy to help me see things at a much bigger level, I can work on a song and go to him and he’ll help me see it in a different way. That’s something that we always want to look for in a producer, someone that can help our vision flourish and he’s been able to do that repeatedly over the last couple of years. I don’t have any intentions of working with anyone else after him, he’s our guy.
What inspired the record lyrically?
The majority of the songs are based on personal experiences and life in general, but we always have a few songs that fall outside of the box whether they are inspired by a movie or book character or a story we really liked. This record was centred around the mental health of the band members and of the band itself as an entity. It was a release and an outlet for us to talk about the issues we’ve had over the last few years. It’s helped us turn those feelings into something positive.
There were a few years between this album and your last, did that time help give the band a fresher perspective?
Sometimes when the pressure is on, we come alive and sometimes when we have the chance to relax and take our time, great things happen. It can happen in any way but I think the middle ground is best for us. It’s been great to have a lot of time with the record.
This record has got to have been pretty cathartic too.
The last song on the record is actually called Catharsis for that very reason. We really use music as our sole outlet and that song is about the power of music and feeling, hearing and experiencing it.
Do the band have any plans to visit Australia in the near future?
We’ve been saying the first half of next year, this year is pretty packed up with things from the U.S, U.K and Europe. Australia may have been a lower priority for us way back when we first started touring, but the last time we were there fans just showed how much they really wanted to see our band so we’re definitely going to try to make it happen in that timeframe.