Motionless in White mastermind Chris Motionless was the final guest on Full Metal Jackie’s weekend radio show. He talked about the band’s latest album, Mark the end of the world, and how therapeutic the writing sessions were for him. The themes are a bit apocalyptic and the musician expressed that expressions of pain help the art flourish.
Still sights writing positive impact on mental states for him and fans, who find catharsis in hearing your own emotions reflected by another in such powerful music. It’s a connection that’s vital to the band as they aim to build relationships with fans on various levels as they continue to climb the ladder of success and gain popularity. “We will never give up or abandon” our efforts to maintain this connection, he asserts.
Read the full interview below.
Mark the end of the world is out now and it’s a pessimistic, even apocalyptic album. What makes hopelessness and hopelessness creatively appealing?
I’ve always found that’s where the real depth of honesty and sincerity in my music comes from. I like to write songs that are just fun and uplifting and generally happy, but the ones that seem to touch the fans or [the ones that] seem to be my favorite songs, they’re always the ones where you pull from the depths of something tragic or a really difficult life experience.
Then you have music and lyrics as an outlet to deal with these things. I think that’s also how the fans interpret it. I feel like most of the art around the world is highly regarded and all of these masterpieces are some kind of pain story below them. It’s just kind of where the art flourishes.
Brian Garris of Knocked Loose and Caleb Shomo of Beartooth both appear on Mark the end of the world. How do outside collaborators magnify the aspects of the music that are inherently you?
When you have a person on a track, it gives a second life to a track. You get a cool moment in the song where, even though you like the band you’re listening to, there’s just something about a feature that really makes your head spin or your ears prick up.
There’s a level of excitement that gives the song a moment beyond what the band themselves can do. I’ve always been a fan of feature films, especially if I’m a fan of the artist, I look forward to this song moment. I just sit salivating, “Oh my God, I can’t wait for the bridge or the second verse where they’re going to come in.”
It’s such an exciting element of a song that definitely gives it something beyond what the band could do on their own. With these two guys on these tracks, especially Caleb on “Red, White and Boom”, it’s so exciting when he arrives and you finally say to yourself “Yeah, the rock star has arrived. Caleb is here, let’s go .”
Motionless in White, “Red, White & Boom” (ft. Caleb Shomo)
The band built their reputation on heavy music, but softer songs are becoming more and more common for you. What is stimulating about expanding the musical parameters of the band?
I have to thank the fans for that. We started off as a very heavy band and we had some songs that weren’t as heavy, but it seemed the fans gravitated more towards those tracks that were a bit more melodic where the lyrics captured the emotions they were feeling. .
It’s a way for us to expand our sound. We never want to let go of the roots of the band – the heavy stuff. There are songs that are really heavy on this record and it’s heavier than our last two records. We always make sure to keep that element in the band, but it’s really cool for us to explore songs like “Werewolf”, where it’s an 80s theatrical thriller, 20/20 kind of song.
It gives us a way to create in a way where we’ll never get bored and constantly push ourselves to try new things. I love that we don’t get stuck in quicksand.
Immobile in white, “Werewolf”
Mental health awareness has become very relevant. What aspects of creating the new album and being in this band are surprisingly therapeutic for you?
I only have therapy sessions once a week, so when I’m working on an album, I have therapy sessions all day, every day, for better or for worse. Write the lyrics that’s it [therapeutic] moment and that’s why I listen to music and why I’ve been a fan of music all my life. I wanted to be a part of it because I was an angry teenager who wanted to play punk music or heavy music and let that frustration out.
While I might not be so mad anymore on this record, there was definitely a lot in the world to be mad enough about.
I recognize how the music really is an outlet for me on this record, while acknowledging that the fans find it a very therapeutic storyline to put on an album and someone is basically singing about your feelings. I loved it when I put on records that were like that. It’s a very cathartic experience. It’s everyday therapy – you can sit with yourself and work through problems. Even if you just feel like you just want to be shrouded in despair that day, then go for it. It’s pretty healthy in its own way. That’s how I approach it.
How Chris Motionless learned to scream
Release parties give people a chance to hear the new album and interact with the band. Why is direct contact with your audience so important to you?
We are a group that is, all for one, one for all. While things have certainly gotten more remote simply by the organic nature of the beast, so to speak where, we can’t just walk out to a festival in the crowd and say, “What’s up?” That’s not how it works anymore. We’re trying to organize every way we can to get face-to-face and have that moment with the fans that says, “Hey, we’re real people. We might be on stage, but we’re there because of your So let’s find a way to hang out and share this together.
This is something we will never give up or give up. We really want to try to find those ways to have free time and let people in. A lot of bands don’t do that. We want fans to see the full dimension and dynamic of what the band is all about. It’s cool now with the internet because there are so many ways to do it. You have days like a release party where we’re just going to party with the fans and have a good time. It’s so cool to be able to do that.
Thanks to Chris Motionless for the interview. Get your copy of Motionless in White’s new album “Scoring the End of the World” here and follow the group on instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Spotify. Find out where you can listen to Full Metal Jackie’s weekend radio show here.
Don’t miss Motionless in White on the Trinity of Terrors tours alongside Ice Nine Kills and Black Veil Brides on these dates. For tickets, go here.
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