Monday, January 25, 2010

EIC'S10Q'S w/Malory

"..To say it's heavenly, reverberated, saturated, layered, or even absolutely perfect in the ways of a Shoegaze classic, wouldn't be enough. All of the right elements are there for a soon to be landmark in Shoegaze history. Long and droning bass lines mixed with dizzy guitar ponds, shimmery drum beats, perfunctory synthesizers, and the alluring vocals of male/female consonance. There really isn't anything "Nu Gaze" about this, it's an excellent homage to the early days with just a few hints of modern technology intertwined.."

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Malory Bio:
Malory - formed in 1995 by three former school friends under the influence of the so-called Indie/Wave era - is the German incarnation of the Shoegazer generation.
in 1999 they have recorded their debut album "Not Here, Not Now" sound landscapes from an inverse universe washed against the walls of their studio. Find out what kind of sound walls you can build without synthesizers. Total effects, all guitar, a concentric stream of desire and melancholy. Layer for layer the dome is growing from freely flowing emotions, in the dispute of the musicians. Guitar vs. guitar. His voice against hers.
"Outerbeats" is the title of the second album (2001) - and it's really characteristic for the music. While the first album had this touch of their idols Slowdive, Malory are now defining their own cosmos, their own time.
The songs of the next album the "Third fac"e (2005) open a door to a spheric world. The slowness of the moment becomes a journey through the time, a long way through the orbit. It floats atmospherically around you with angelic vocals and experimental sound scapes using guitars as sound tools. These songs deserve only to be played at high volumes so that the sound swallows your room and your mind.
In January 2010 Club AC30, the London specialist of the new Shoegaze scene, is going to release Malory's fourth album "Pearl Diver". Malory invites the listener to take a seat and to fasten their seat belts that the journey can be started.

Hello, how are you?
All of us are well, thank you. Because of work we did not play music since we’ve finished touring in October.

What are you currently listening to?
Bon Iver, Hammock, Radiohead, ...

Where does the band name Malory come from?
Daniel (guitar, programming, vocals)) and Jörg (vocals, bass, programming) loved historical and fantasy novels in their youth. Therefore they lent the name of Sir Thomas Malory, author of "Le Morte d’Arthur".
In addition, it is it a well sounding girl's name (like Alison ...)

Can you define your music in 5 words?
Emotional, contemplative, melancholic, melodic, picturesque

Is there a pretty decent scene for Shoegaze in Germany?
There are many enthusiasts, but there is no really scene for Shoegaze. There is a lack of general public in radio broadcasting and magazines.

Out of all of your terrific (and way too underrated) albums which one are you most proud of?
We are most proud of our new album “Pearl Diver”. (And that is not an empty phrase.) We adventured ourselves and the album offers the widest spectrum of sounds and songs.

What is the theme/narrative behin "Pearl Diver"?
Our music has been often described with attributes like “wide” or “spacy”. Pearl Diver stands for “deepness” and the search for the hidden secrets.

Will you guys be touring the US anytime soon?
That’s too expensive for us. We would need a financially strong label or agency.

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
Daniel: If I could listen to one album only I would choose to live without a CD-player and make my own music.

Are you living your dream?
Sometimes when we write new songs or when we are on stage and the audience is enjoying our music it is like living our dream.

Thanx Joerg!

Malory are currently touring a bit in Europe, it may be a while before they make it to the US, until then soak in their latest opus "Pearl Diver" and become insanely jealous of all the great shows they get across seas...

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