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Motorpsycho is a Norwegian rock band from Trondheim. Their music can generally be defined as progressive or psychedelic rock, but they also mix in elements from alternative, jazz, post-rock, pop, country and many other musical styles. The stable members of the band are Bent Sæther (born 18 February 1969, bass/vocals) and Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan (born 31 December 1969, guitar/vocals). From 1992 to March 2005, Håkon Gebhardt (born 21 June 1969) was the band's drummer. From December 2007 to May 2016 Kenneth Kapstad was the drummer of the band, being replaced by Tomas Järmyr, who joined in early 2017. Järmyr left the band in January 2023.
|Genres||Psychedelic rock, indie rock, alternative rock, progressive rock, hard rock, noise rock|
|Labels||Rune Grammofon (2008–present)|
Stickman Records (1994–present)
Sony Norway (1994–2007, Norway only)
Voices of Wonder (1990–1993)
|Members||Hans Magnus Ryan|
|Past members||Håkon Gebhardt|
Kjell Runar Jenssen
|Website||Motorpsycho official Website|
Motorpsycho unofficial Website
Formed in the late 1980s as an alternative metal band (they picked their name after seeing the Russ Meyer film of the same name as part of a Russ Meyer triple bill – there was already a band named after Mudhoney and a band named after Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! – the other two films on the bill), Motorpsycho soon developed a unique blend of grunge, heavy metal and indie rock, as well as incorporating the sonic noise experiments of associated member Deathprod. The hugely ambitious, progressive double album Demon Box (1993) followed a series of low-profile EPs and albums, earning the band a nomination for a Norwegian Grammy, and secured a loyal following in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands as well as in Scandinavia.
The 1990s was an extremely productive era for the band, releasing new material almost every year, and enjoying critical acclaim for each album—if not the massive sales the music press kept predicting.
With the 2000 album Let Them Eat Cake, Motorpsycho suddenly took huge steps away from their noisy hard rock roots, opting instead for a smoother, jazz-tinged approach to the songwriting and recording process. They kept this technique for the subsequent releases, Phanerothyme and It's A Love Cult.
The double album Black Hole/Blank Canvas was released 17/20 March 2006 in Europe. The album received great reviews.
On 28 March 2008 Motorpsycho released an album entitled Little Lucid Moments, and on 16 March 2008 a DVD containing music videos, live footage and documentaries entitled Haircuts.
In January 2010 Motorpsycho released the album Heavy Metal Fruit, their first album featuring an external producer, Kåre Vestrheim, and also their third album in under two years.
In October 2011 the Dutch venue Effenaar released a limited edition live album exclusively on vinyl entitled Strings Of Stroop – Motorpsycho Live At Effenaar. The album features four Motorpsycho tracks recorded during various Motorpsycho shows at Effenaar between 1999 and 2010. Only 500 copies were pressed and sold at the band's 14th show in the venue.
On 10 February 2012 Motorpsycho released the double CD/LP effort The Death Defying Unicorn in collaboration with keyboardist Ståle Storløkken from the free improv group Supersilent. The album is a reworking of an instrumental suite commissioned by and performed at Moldejazz 2010. During 2011, Sæther produced lyrics for a sweeping narrative, thus making the album version a concept album. As in its initial performance, the band and Storløkken are augmented by contributions from Trondheimssolistene, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and violinist Ola Kvernberg. The core quartet performed the album in its entirety on every date during a March/April 2012 tour of Europe.
After the release and tour accompanying the Unicorn, the band felt the need to return to more traditional, guitar-based grounds and with Reine Fiske as second guitarist, recorded two albums, Still Life With Eggplant (released in spring 2013) and Behind the Sun (released in March 2014). To coincide with the release of Behind the Sun, Motorpsycho launched their first-ever official website, www.motorpsycho.no.
After years of institutionalising the band in Norway, Motorpsycho were inducted at Rockheim, Norway's rock music hall of fame, in a TV broadcast ceremony.
In 2016 the band released the studio album Here Be Monsters, which evolved from a piece of music they wrote for the Oslo Teknisk Museums birthday. The band played that special songs in the museum, with the help of Ståle Storløkken, and then decided to work on it in the studio.
In May 2016, after completing the European Here Be Monsters Tour, Kenneth Kapstad left Motorpsycho. Core members Sæther and Ryan spent the remainder of the year writing, rehearsing and performing a live score to the Carl Frode Tiller-written play Begynnnelser (eng. Beginnings) in a 38-date autumn run at Trøndelag Teater.
In a January 2, 2017, news update on their official home page, the band announced Swedish drummer Tomas Järmyr to be the third permanent member of Motorpsycho. Together, they have recorded The Tower in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree (at the famous recording studio, Rancho de la Luna), which was released on September 8 the same year.
On January 8, 2023, Järmyr left the band.
Line up Edit
Current line up Edit
- Bent Sæther – lead vocals, bass, guitars, keyboards, drums (since 1989)
- Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan – lead guitars, vocals, keyboards, mandolin, violin, bass (since 1989)
Previous members Edit
- Kjell Runar "Killer" Jenssen – drums (1989–1991)
- Håkon Gebhardt – drums, vocals, banjo, guitar (1991–2005)
- Helge "Deathprod" Sten – theremin, various electronics, audio virus (1992–1994; frequent guest and producer 1994–2002, 2007, 2015, 2019)
- Lars Lien – keyboards, vocals (1993–1996, 2004; infrequent guest)
- Morten "Lolly" Fagervik – drums, rhythm guitar, keyboards (1994–1996)
- Kenneth Kapstad – drums, keyboards, vocals (2007–2016)
- Tomas Järmyr – drums (2017–2023)
Major collaborators Edit
- Matt Burt – voice, poetry (1993, 1996)
- Kjell Karlsen – steel guitar, vocals (1994, 2004)
- Øyvind Brandtsegg – Marimba Lumina and ImproSculpt programming (1994; live, 2006)
- Ole Henrik "Ohm" Moe – violin, saw, piano (1996–2000, 2013)
- Baard Slagsvold – keyboards, vocals (1999–2003)
- Jacco van Rooij – drums (live, 2006)
- Pekka Stokke – visuals (live, 2006—)
- Ståle Storløkken – keyboards (2010–2012, 2014)
- Reine Fiske – guitar, keyboards (2012–2014, 2018— )
- Ola Kvernberg – violin (2012–2013, 2018—)
- Kristoffer Lo – keyboards, trumpet (2017— )
- Lars Horntveth – guitar, flute, keyboards (2001, 2018— )
- Ole Paus – guitar, vocals (2019— )
- Trondheim Jazzorkester
Spellemannprisen is often referred to as the Norwegian Grammy Awards in English. It is a Norwegian music award presented to Norwegian musicians.
As of 2020, Motorpsycho have received 14 nominations, with four wins.
- Spellemannprisen 1993 nominated in the class Rock, for the album Demon Box
- Spellemannprisen 1994 in the class Best album cover, for the album Timothy's Monster created by Kim Hiorthøy
- Spellemannprisen 1996 in the class Rock, for the album Blissard
- Spellemannprisen 1997 in the class Hard rock, for the album Angels and Daemons at Play
- Spellemannprisen 2000 in the class Rock, for the album Let Them Eat Cake
- Spellemannprisen 2001 nominated in the class Rock, for the album Phanerothyme
- Spellemannprisen 2003 nominated in the class Åpen klasse, for the album In The Fishtank (With Jaga Jazzist Horns).
- Spellemannprisen 2008 nominated in the class Rock, for the album Little Lucid Moments
- Spellemannprisen 2009 nominated in the class Rock, for the album Child of the Future
- Spellemannprisen 2010 nominated in the class Rock, for the album Heavy Metal Fruit
- Spellemannprisen 2012 nominated in the class Rock, for the album The Death-Defying Unicorn
- Spellemannprisen 2013 nominated in the class Rock, for the album Still Life With Eggplant
- Spellemannprisen 2017 nominated in the class Rock, for the album The Tower
- Spellemannprisen 2020 nominated in the class Rock, for the album The All Is One
|1991||Lobotomizer||—||—||—||—||—||—||Released as LP and CD|
|—||—||—||—||—||—||Mini LP later issued on CD as "8 Soothing Songs for Rut", with two tracks from the "3 Songs for Rut" EP (see Compilations under).|
|1993||Demon Box||—||—||—||—||—||—||Double LP and CD (omitting three songs due to space limitations)|
|1994||Timothy's Monster||7||—||—||—||—||—||Triple LP box and double CD, re-released in 2010 as 4CD-box|
|1996||Blissard||3||—||—||—||—||—||Double LP and CD, re-released in 2012 as 4CD-box|
|1997||Angels and Daemons at Play||2||—||—||—||—||—||Double LP, CD (omitting two songs) and three separate CD-EPs ("Babyscooter", "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" and "Lovelight"), re-released in 2016 as 6CD-box|
|1998||Trust Us||7||—||—||—||—||—||Double LP and double CD|
|2000||Let Them Eat Cake||1||83||—||—||—||—||LP and CD|
|8||—||—||—||—||—||LP and CD|
|Phanerothyme||1||80||—||—||—||—||LP and CD|
|2002||It's A Love Cult||2||91||—||—||—||—||LP and CD|
|2006||Black Hole/Blank Canvas||2||—||85||—||—||—||Double LP, double CD and limited edition double CD with 2 track bonus single|
|2008||Little Lucid Moments||2||—||—||—||—||—||Double LP and CD|
|2009||Child of the Future||2||—||—||—||—||—||Vinyl-only LP|
|2010||Heavy Metal Fruit||2||96||—||—||—||—||Double LP and CD|
|2013||Still Life With Eggplant||2||93||—||79||—||—||LP and CD|
|2014||Behind the Sun||6||53||—||81||—||63||Double LP, CD, digital download|
|The Motorpnakotic Fragments||—||—||—||—||—||—||Limited edition 4×7″ and CD|
|2016||Here Be Monsters||2||55||—||—||—||—||LP and CD|
|Here Be Monsters Vol 2||—||—||—||—||—||—||Limited edition Mini-LP, CD|
|2017||Begynnelser||—||—||—||—||—||—||2×10″ with CD, and DVD of the theatrical play "Begynnelser"|
|56||—||—||—||—||2LP, 2CD. Part 1 of the Gullvåg Trilogy.|
|43||—||196||88||—||LP and CD. Part 2 of the Gullvåg Trilogy.|
|2020||The All Is One||3||31||—||—||53||—||2LP and 2CD. Part 3 of the Gullvåg Trilogy.|
|2021||Kingdom of Oblivion||3
|19||—||—||41||—||2LP, CD, digital download|
|2022||Ancient Astronauts||8||80||—||—||96||—||LP, CD|
As Motorpsycho & Friends Edit
|1994||The Tussler – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||10||Original CD (1994) |
Remastered and extended CD/double LP (2003)
As Motorpsycho & Ståle Storløkken Edit
|2012||The Death Defying Unicorn||Stickman Records||7||87||Double LP and double CD|
|2015||En Konsert For Folk Flest||Rune Grammofon||-||-||Live double LP and double CD|
As The International Tussler Society Edit
|2004||Motorpsycho presents The International Tussler Society||1||Released as double LP and CD, both came with bonus DVD|
- 2004: "Satans Favourite Son" (Promo-single)
- 2004: "Laila Lou" (Promo-single)
Live albums Edit
|1999||Roadwork Vol. 1 – Heavy metal iz a poze, hardt rock iz a leifschteil||7||Live in Europe 1998|
|2001||Roadwork Vol. 2 – The MotorSourceMassacre: Motorpsycho, The Source and Deathprod||–||Live at Kongsberg Jazzfestival 1995|
|2008||Roadwork Vol. 3 – The Four Norsemen of the Apocalypse||–||Included in the double DVD release "Haircuts", re-issued on vinyl with cd/download 2018|
|2011||Roadwork Vol. 4 – Intrepid Skronk||26|
|Strings Of Stroop – Motorpsycho Live at Effenaar||–||Limited edition vinyl, semi-official release by the Effenaar music club.|
|2014||Vera, September 19, 1993||DVD issued as part of the "Delux" edition of Demon Box.|
|2016||Rockefeller, March 14, 1997||2 CD issued as part of the "Delux" edition of Angels and Daemons at Play.|
|2018||A Boxful of Demons||Limited vinyl/CD/Blu-ray of the Demon Box album performed live at Rockheim, Trondheim, 17.-19.10.2015 on C+C Records/Falck Forlag|
|Roadwork Vol. 5 – Field Notes: The Fantastic Expedition of Järmyr, Ryan, Sæther & Lo||–||Live in Europe 2017|
|2020||Cloudwalkers - Freak Valley Festival, May 31, 2014||–||Limited edition vinyl, semi-official release on Devil's Child records|
|2022||Live at Blitz '93||Live at the Blitz House social center March 13, 1993. Issued as part of the Salad Days vol. 2 compilation.|
|1993||Into The Sun
(split release with Hedge Hog)
|2001||Go To California
(split EP release with The Soundtrack of Our Lives)
|Split-EP, 2×7″ vinyl|
|2003||In the Fishtank 10
(mini album with Jaga Jazzist Horns)
|7||Collaboration, 12-inch mini album|
|2020||Så nær, så nær
(With Ole Paus as Ole Paus/Bent Sæther/Hans Magnus Ryan/Tomas Järmyr/Reine Fiske)
|2022||A Memory / Lue Lue
(split release with Sanderfinger)
|1992||8 Soothing Songs For Rut||-||Vinyl mini-album "Soothe" and two tracks from 7-inch EP "3 Songs For Rut" on one CD|
|2015||Supersonic Scientists - A Young Person's Guide To Motorpsycho||-||2LP compilation of one track from each album 1991-2014|
|2019||The Light Fantastic||—||LP, digital download. Collection of B-sides and studio outtakes.|
|2022||Salad Days vol. 1||-||4 disc vinyl box with "Lobotomizer" LP (1991), "Soothe" mini-LP (1992) and new 2LP compilation "Becoming Motorpsycho - Juvenilia, oddities and artefacts from the vaults, 1990-1993"|
|2022||Salad Days vol. 2||-||5 disc vinyl box with 2LP "Demon Box" (1993), "Mountain EP" (1993), "Another Ugly EP (1994)" and new live album "Live at Blitz '93".|
|1990||Maiden Voyage (Demo)|
|1993||Another Ugly EP|
|1994||Wearing Yr Smell EP|
|Have Spacesuit, Will Travel||13|
|2000||The Other Fool EP||1|
|Walkin' with J EP||6|
|2019||Terje Brekkstads kosmiske reise|
- 1992: 3 Songs for Rut
- 1996: Sinful, Windborne
- 2001: The Slow Phaseout (Promo single)
- 2001: Go To California (Promo single)
- 2006: Hyena (Promo-single)
- 2010: X-3
- 2010: The Visitant
- 2014: Toys (Included with select copies of August edition of Trondheim magazine "Gatemagasinet Sorgenfri")
- 2015: Psychonaut/Toys
- 2016: Spin, Spin, Spin
- 2020: X-mastime Is Here!
- 2021: Ulv! Ulv!
Singles and music videos Edit
- Have Fun (1992)
- Sheer Profundity (1993)
- Nothing To Say (1993)
- Another Ugly Tune (1994)
- Wearing Yr Smell (1994)
- Feel (1994)
- Now It's Time To Skate (1994)
- Watersound (1994)
- Mad Sun (1996)
- Manmower (1996)
- Sinful, Wind-Borne (1996)
- The Nerve Tattoo (1996)
- Starmelt/Lovelight (1997)
- Hey, Jane (1998)
- The Other Fool (2000)
- Walkin' With J (2000)
- Go To California (2000)
- The Slow Phaseout (2001)
- Serpentine (2002)
- Victim of Rock (2014)
- On a Plate (2014)
- Spin, Spin, Spin (2016)
- Intrepid Explorer (2018)
- W.C.A. (2023)
See also Edit
- "Motorpsycho Biography". Norsk Musikkinformasjon MIC.no.
- "To psychonauts, journalists and whoever else it might concern. As of March 2005 Håkon Gebhardt is no longer a member of Motorpsycho" (TXT). Motorpsycho.fix.no. Retrieved 25 May 2023.
- "Motorpsycho går fra tre til to: – Kanskje den beste vi har hatt". 8 January 2023.
- Interview with Snah, Entertaim.net, received May 16, 2016
- "2016/2017 › Motorpsycho". Motorpsycho.no. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
- "Edvardprisen til Motorpsycho". Norsk Musikkinformasjon MIC.no.
- "Motorpsycho discography". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
- "Discographie Motorpsycho". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
- "Discografie Motorpsycho". Ultratop.be (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
- "Discografie Motorpsycho". Dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
- "Discografie Motorpsycho". Hitparade.ch (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
- "Discografie Motorpsycho". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
- "VG-lista - Topp 40 Album uke 46, 2013". Archived from the original on 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
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- "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 8, 2019". VG-lista. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
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