How would you classify your music?
Motihari Brigade creates high-energy revolution rock as a beacon for those seeking their independent lost tribe. We are breathing fresh life into the revolution rock tradition. “Bernie Sanders meets Helter Skelter.”
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Late 60s/early 70s British rock – Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, Cream. Later bands like the Clash and Thievery Corporation. Also American folk-rock psychedelia, garnished with a twist of caffeine-fueled vibrato electric energy and revolutionary politics.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
We hope there are listeners out there who feel like we do about the world right now, and will hear this music calling them to find their independent missing tribe – people who are looking for something outside the corporate mainstream – in the best tradition of rebel rock-n-roll. That’s why the guitar on the album cover says “We are on our own, but not alone.” It’s a call for the tribes to gather. Hopefully it will bring people a bit of encouragement, humor and enjoyment.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
This band represents a revolution rock concept that hopefully will find a niche audience in many local scenes in different places all over, and bring people a positive sense that they are not so isolated after all.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
We just saw Thievery Corporation on their current tour. They played live music at the top of their game, and their show felt like an incredible experience. When we play live we try to bring intense energy to the musical performance. We did that in the studio so that the album would capture that live energy in the recording. I can hear it. It’s rock-n-roll.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
We are excited about “Talking To Crazy” because the animated YouTube cartoon tells a humorous and entertaining story that highlights the band’s blend of humor and cynicism. The heroes struggle against spiral-eyed zombies and demagogue politicians, urged on by the music until they eventually find their tribe and each other. It fits the dystopia we are all busily sharing on our smart phones at the moment, and then offers some hope. It’s exactly what we are about.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
We loved making this album and had fun doing it. Both the concept idea of the band and the sound really took shape in the process, and have continued to evolve since. We feel that we are onto something good and that it just keeps getting better. Hopefully audiences will share that positive feeling.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
It’s funny how musical artists are often regarded as modern day philosophers that we learn from – like a worldly older sibling that turns us on to the next cool thing. We have learned from so many. It would be interesting to know what John Lennon would have thought about developments over the last 40 years. I’ll bet he would have something very significant to say about it. Imagine that.
What’s next for you?
We hope to produce another album. If the first one is well-received and finds it’s niche audience that will provide us encouragement to continue. We feel there is more music where that came from, and maybe people will want to hear it too. It will be different but good.
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