MOTHRA create music that flows over open vistas before plunging into sharp, gainy riffs which dance over serrated drumming. Decision Process is a lyricless flight into a realm where pacing and composition are currency, funding some of the most intelligent progressive metal you'll find this side of the equator.
LIFE IS NOISE shares a few words with Guitarist/Sampler Hugh Allan from Mothra ahead of their support slot with Alcest, taking place at Auckland's Whammy Bar this Sunday, April 23.
What are five words you’d use to describe your band?
Ambient, heavy, experimental, psychedelic, emotive.
What’s been going on in the world of Mothra?
We are gearing up to record our second album. We have a whole heap of songs to lay down, some have been gigged for years; others are very fresh. We've evolved a lot as a band over the years, where we are at musically, and there seems to be no shortage of ideas these days. We are really excited to be opening for Alcest next week.
What drives Mothra to make music?
It's hard to imagine not having Mothra as an expressive and creative outlet. There's nothing quite like the feeling of a productive band practice, getting lost in a performance or just being excited about creating something we want to hear.
Quickly tell us about an album that’s shaped the band in one way or another.
ISIS' Panopticon was a fairly big influence on us; especially our earlier material. All of their work really, but something about the sound of that album - the massive sounding guitars, the space and dynamics, the artwork, and the album as a whole. I actually bought Aaron Turner's Mesa amp off him and used it on Decision Process.
What’s the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into? Describe the situation.
Nothing too dire, but once upon a time someone put quite a few Mothra stickers around a certain part of Auckland. No problems at all, but then another band decided to do the same on every exact site. After that the council was on our case in a big way - tracking down Reuben's address and knocking on his door, leaving numerous messages and demanding we pay a fee to have them removed. Email battles ensued. You can hear one of the messages on the secret track at the end of Decision Process. We cannot disclose who put these stickers up, there are rabid fans everywhere.
What can people expect at one of your gigs?
A performance of high intensity, to be taken on a journey of sorts, maybe even an out of body experience.
Ten years from now you’ll be…
Lazing around in our deluxe home studio, writing, evolving as a band, debating veganism, creating music we want to hear, releasing albums and touring internationally.
You're supporting Alcest on their upcoming tour. Has the band affected you in any way?
We are big fans of Alcest, they have certainly been an inspiration for us over the years and it means a lot to be asked by LIFE IS NOISE to support them here in Auckland.