Motionless In White

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It couldn’t be truer to say that the new album Graveyard Shift from Motionless In White is a play on words for the point they’re at in their careers. “I’m not even sure if it’s a straight metaphor for how we’ve been doing this for 11 years, muses frontman Chris “Motionless” Cerulli.  

“11 years, constantly pushing and grinding and working our assess off and last year when we came up with the album title we were proud – it works aesthetically with the band and works to our deeper mean with that title.”

Graveyards, ghouls, goths and other dank things, Motionless In White have certainly plastered themselves a stellar career as goth rock stalwarts, up there with the likes of Wednesday 13 and DOPE. And of course with such a bleak, gloomy mantra comes the look to match – never ones to shy away from dressing how they feel comfortable, Motionless In White sport a fine range of gothic attire in their latest music videos, Motionless himself donning a rather nifty jacket that’ll make even the most “normal” of gals jealous. Laughing, Motionless admits, “We would only go to a stylist if we needed something specific, that’s just not how we are. 

For us I think it’s a matter of everyone trying to show their personality and each one of us does look different to one another and that’s because we have a personality rather than having a uniform, so to speak.”

This is said with no hint of irony but yes, there really can be varying shades of black, and the freaky fashion show of Motionless In White is as fun as it is far out. That being said, the new album is just as eclectic within the bounds of rock ‘n’ roll as the band’s wardrobe. With Graveyard Shift, though they retain that dank misery so fitting to their style, Motionless In White dip their liquid eyeliner in to the pots of other genres. The bluesy hard rock opening to single ‘LOUD (fuck it)’ doesn’t really draw influence from anywhere, rather it takes all this different elements to form an attitude. “It’s definitely a song that lyrically, has attitude,” says Motionless. 

“We worked on the song before the lyrics and had a punk rock energy that felt right, this punk rock fuck it attitude to it, and I don’t know, it just feels loaded with attitude. Most of our music is either angry or moody or scary and this one just has a fucking attitude, a snarl to it that makes a noise.”

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And what indeed are such a band saying ‘fuck it’ to? Why, the haters, of course. Goth rock was arguably, in its prime back in the noughties and with attention deferred on to other genres, progressive metal and punk-pop say, Motionless reflects on the genre’s popularity, haters and fans, saying, “It’s always had its group of people that have been against it and relate to it as an atmosphere as a whole – I think you see a lot more negativity toward it with the internet being more than what it was in that time period [2000’s]– whether they look like that or not it’s still just music.”

“[It’s] not just maintaining the look or the sound, it’s about keeping people interested in the music – it’s really fascinating to me that people seem so eager to hate the music and be negative before they hear it or know anything about it.”

Taking that message of music across the globe, Motionless in White are eager stand p and enjoy their new sound with their fans. “This year is definitely gonna be based on how it went with our last record,” says Motionless. “The next two years will be nonstop worldwide touring, right to Europe and right back to the states it’s kind of a continuous machine.”

Hold up. Where’s Australia in this grand tour of the globe? Chuckling again Motionless says, “I got overexcited about a lot of things last year and then they didn’t work out that way [I’d said] so I’ve very much learned my lesson to not say things about things I’m not 100 per cent sure about – but we have been in touch with our agent and we are working heavily on getting to Australia, hopefully this year!

“We for sure wanna learn from mistakes in the past and spend more time and put ourselves behind the magic 8 ball of time and write more, but I know a lot of Aussie fans have expressed frustration about us and I just want them to know we are always actively trying to make it to Australia – Japan, the UK, don’t think we don’t come because we don’t want to, when it happens it happens – we are fighting for it.”

Written by Anna Rose

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