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    Mon, 16 Apr 2012 08:13:06

    Interview: MonstrO - Exclusive interview by ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    "Things are moving right along," declares Kyles Sanders of MonstrO.

    In fact, Sanders and co. haven't stopped since the release of their incendiary self-titled debut last fall.

    MonstrO encase heavy riffs inside psychedelic ambience, yielding some of the most intriguing rock in recent memory. It's a combination of lumbering distortion and entrancing soundscapes that makes MonstrO such a powerful musical beast. You've got to experience it live and loud though…

    In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Kyle Sanders of MonstrO dives deep into the group's debut…

    Did you always know what you wanted the MonstrO album to sound like?

    I think it definitely evolved. In the beginning, we knew what we wanted the end result to be, but we weren't sure of the path we were going to take to get here. It was so low stress. Everything happens for a reason, and I think everything happened how it was meant to. Everything has fallen into place. Where we are right now is exactly where I wanted this band to be. Up to this point, everything couldn't be better.

    Which songs really lend themselves to live jamming?

    "Concertina" is really coming together. It's a great song anyway. The more we play it live, the better it gets. That one seems to have evolved the most so far. I can see this band going with the flow like that.

    What's the story behind "Elizabeth"?

    It's about this little town called Cabbage Town in Atlanta. Charlie was sitting in a small coffee shop there reading about the history of that area and how it's been rundown and the wrong people have let it go down hill. However, there's a strongly knit community living there now, which has rebuilt the town. Charlie sent it to us with guitar and vocals. It didn't really come to life until we were in pre-production. William Duvall was a huge part in making that song happen. It's one of our favorites. It's a different kind of song from what you'd expect this band to write. It's one of the last ones that came out of the sessions. It sets us apart. Elizabeth is one of the streets in Cabbage Town.

    Given the song titles, are you collectively into mythology?

    I guess so [Laughs]. That took form on its own. With the exception of "Helios", all of those names came up in the studio. It's funny how things work out that way when you don't plan them. Looking at the tracklisting, there are a lot of gods on the record.

    Who's your favorite god?

    "Testicles", who is king of the ballsacks [Laughs].

    Do you feel like you're painting pictures instrumentally as well as lyrically?

    I think we're definitely painting a picture with the music. Charlie is making it come to life. He writes all of the lyrics. We lay everything down on a palette and let him do whatever he wants.

    If you were to compare this album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?

    Good question, Bevan just said The Departed. That's a good movie. Now, he's going to with The Godfather because you watch it over and over again. You can listen to this record over and over again.

    Is album number two on your mind yet?

    It's actually like we never finished writing for this first record. We constantly write. We've got four or five solid ideas that will go on the next record. We're definitely getting thoughts going. We want to keep touring, go back in, and put something else out.

    Rick Florino

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