Of Limbo, Migrant Motel
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For the first time in over 20 years, the original founding members Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang are making a new FILTER album together.
The duo’s multi-platinum debut “Short Bus” took pride in its drunken, unbridled rambunctiousness, combined with some cherubic intellectualism and social/technological agenda.
It was a place where melody met noise. And it was written, recorded and produced by two kids who hated everything from “social norms”, defining generational tropes, “the man”, and being told what to do and how to do it.
They rejoiced in the chaos. They swam in it. And they lived and performed it like brothers.
And like brothers, and two who were brought together by Nine Inch Nails, they fought, and the nonsense of youth gave way to senseless acrimony, ultimately driving and conspiring to push the two apart.
All good. It happens.
But then a lot of other things have happened. And a lot of water has gone under many bridges.
Tick damn tock.
Richard has successfully led and spearheaded Filter for the last 20 years, releasing many platinum records (including “Title of Record”, “the Almagamut“ etc.), and while the two have remained friends (and more importantly been there for each other in times of need), they have worked on and composed music and productions ranging everywhere from Richard’s side band “Army of Anyone” (with the DeLeo Brothers of the Stone Temple Pilots and Ray Luzier from Korn), and many others, to Brian working with many others spanning from Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Sir Paul McCartney to the Dalai Lama, etc., and the two of them have been scoring and contributing music for many motion pictures, video games, television shows, commercials, and different technological endeavors.
Recently, on a “blind” set-up, they were challenged from the stage in mid-performance by their mutual friend Louise Post of “Veruca Salt”, who stopped her concert to admonish them“…to bury any bullshit, forget the crap, and get their shit together”. The two had an interesting conversation on the drive home together.
It appears that perhaps time, circumstance, and the stark reality of modern events have indeed driven Richard and Brian together again to do what they do best together.
What started as an experiment to see what “might happen”, the two have rediscovered not only their friendship, but their unique ‘yin and yang’ complimentary working style of no rules and “whatever works” (because sometimes you just don’t wanna know how the sausage is made).
Forgotten are the specious reasons as to why they stopped working together, as those are things of the past, and the future is far more important.
While the melodic reckless abandon remains intact in their musical creation, the lifestyle of irresponsibility and not being held accountable to reality has been replaced by a work ethic of waking up early and getting down to it. They are driven by a mission statement to not only get the noise across as they do uniquely, but with extreme assertion and urgency, as they played by the rules and got fucked…and as Neil Strauss once said about them in the New York Times….”It’s anger, so they scream”.
Filter right now is making a call to arms. Recording a sonic melodic punch in the face. This doesn’t have to be the end of days, as there is still time to do something about it.
The music Filter is making is not a mandate against conservatism or the right. And the music Filter is making is not a mandate for liberal left sweeping agendas. Filter doesn’t care if you are a Republican or a Democrat or an Independent.
Filter simply advocates and encourages active thought and participating in changing the world we all share together. Decisions are yours to be made. Please just make them well informed.
Ultimately it appears Filter is reacting to the same damn societal apathy and confusion they felt when they first started the band.
Hence “reBus”. Time to bring this shit back to sense. We don’t all have to agree….but we can agree to disagree without insanity running rampant. And we can show respect for all humanity and the world we are bringing children into. Filter has no interest in revisiting a halcyon past of yesteryear, and this isn’t a reunion of sorts. This is a shared focused undertaking. A sort of homecoming.
This album is sonic outrage in the face of sheer idiocy. It is expressed incredulity to events transpiring in what could rather be a damn amazing time of opportunity, change and understanding. Seems instead we inhabit a world gone wrong in ways that even fiction has failed to venture or imagine.
There have been MANY amazing musicians and contributors to Filter over the years, too many to mention properly and with all due courtesy. This ‘back to basics’ and rediscovery of the original DNA of the band is not an insult to any of those valued and respected people. Richard and Brian have just decided with this album to distill it down to themselves for better or worse. Play to their strengths and weaknesses, as that was often their unique gestalt in the maelstrom.
The two disenfranchised young men who met each other in Nine Inch Nails and had shared an epiphany together at the Grand Canyon are back.
Brothers Jake and Luke Davies were raised in Melbourne, Australia. Growing up on rock ’n’ roll, they developed a passion for playing music together, one that would lead them to Long Beach, California. Touring with Wolfmother, Blue Oyster Cult, Adelitas Way, Hinder and their great friends Joyous Wolf over the past two years has helped them garner a devoted fanbase nationwide. The band has just finished a new EP with producer Mike Pepe at Barefoot Studios in Hollywood. Following its release in early 2020, Of Limbo expects a year of heavy touring with the help of their booking agent TKO.
Of Limbo is the sound of rock's future...not it's past.
We are living in an era in which seemingly no new artistic ideas exist. Following the trend of movies rebooting franchises of the past, bands are now doing the same; counterfeiting the successful sounds of a forgone era. There is still new musical territory to be explored. Record labels have to be willing to back bands with originality, not just those that repackage what's already been done.
Migrant Motel, the rock & roll power duo composed of David Stewart Jr, the US-raised/Peruvian-born frontman (vocals, bass, guitar) and Chava from Mexico (drums, live loops), rocked Boston for five years before moving to LA in the summer of 2017. The international collective has achieved an enormously unique sound, a middle child between Royal Blood’s raw and powerful set and 21 Pilot’s smoke & mirrors, both in the studio and in a live setting. Their first ever album, in collaboration with Norwegian producer Peder Etholm Idsoee, “Volume One” has been hailed as "a cross between Lenny Kravitz and Prince... Emotive, sexy and cleverly written”, and the single “New Religion” was featured on 6 Official Spotify Playlists and reached over 600k streams.
Their latest release, "Different Kind Of Leather" is available across all major global digital platforms, as is their provocative music video. Produced by Peder Etholm Idsoe, "Different Kind Of Leather" consolidates the band´s signature sound: contemporary yet timelessly crafted lyrics, powerful melodies, a fun and magnetic bass riff and and the super sexy energy exuded by the David Stewart Jr´s unique voice and the drummer Chava´s "hit the spot" grooves. Video was directed by Christian Klein and shot in West Hollywood.
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