Some lost Eternal songs that are out there somewhere......
Demos (Weston Supermare 'The White House' December 1989)
3. Take Me Down
Four track unreleased
1. Untitled (Instrumental)
2. Untitled #2
3. Untitled #3
4. Sleep (Instrumental)
Below an interview to the great british band \"Monster Movie\". The interview is
published in SPANISH in http://www.namurproducciones.com/index_es.php and was
made for a peruvian entertainment company.
>Interview with Monster Movie
>Namur: So who\'s Monster Movie, where are you living
>now and what do you do besides Monster Movie?
>Christian: It\'s just me and Sean Hewson. Although
>occassionally we manage to con people into singing for
>us. I live in West London and Sean lives in Reading.
>We earn no money at all from music so we work full
>Sean: we are monster movie. we live in the woods & we
>work in the office.
>Namur:This is maybe a repeated question, but can you
>tell us where \"Monster Movie\" name come from?
>christian: When we started, we wanted to do some
>minimal krautrock-ish type music, but when we started
>playing we soon discovered that it was totally beyond
>us. Which is probably just as well because a band
>ripping off krautrock and naming themselves after a
>\'can\' album would be totally embarrassing. As it is
>we\'re an indie type band named after a \'can\' album,
>still embarrassing, but maybe not quite as much.
>sean: it comes from an album by can that neither of us
>own or have heard.
>Namur:How would you describe your sound and musical
>style? Id place you in the shoegazing category. Would
>you agree with this?
>Christian: I\'m not sure how I would desribe our sound
>and style, but if people want to categorize us as
>\'shoegaze\' then it\'s alright because it\'s not so
>important. I suppose when we started to get reviews
>and we were described as \'shoegaze\' it was a bit
>annoying because we are not really interested in it at
>all. But I see all kinds of bands getting called
>\'shoegazers\' and I\'ve no idea what the term means
>anymore. Our sound and songs are really basic, our
>equipment is really basic, our recording budget is
>minimal, and we don\'t have much time because of a
>combination of jobs, family and study. They are major
>constraints. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like
>if we could devote more time to the music and have
>good resources at our disposal. I\'m sure a lot of
>bands feel like that though.
>Sean: we generally describe each other as handsome. i
>wouldn\'t describe us as shoegazing as i haven\'t really
>heard anything by any of those kind of bands other
>than my bloody valentine and whilst i really like them
>i would never attempt to recreate their sound. we just
>try to write good songs & then present them in such a
>way as to be audible & recognisable as good songs -
>sometimes we don\'t achieve that but that\'s the plan.
>Namur:Who\'s the voice (main vocals I would say) behind
>the songs of Monster Movie?
>Christian : We all have a go at singing, it just
>depends on the song and whose voice suits it best.
>None of us are what you would call singers though.
>Sean: the beautiful main vocals are usually by
>Namur:Monster Movie is going to release it\'s second
>next album \"To the moon\" just in some days (24th
>august). Where do you guys get the inspiration to
>create the songs lyrics?
>Christian: Lyric writing is the hardest part of the
>song process for me. The tunes come easily, but words
>are always tricky. I don\'t suppose we are particularly
>flamboyant individuals and find everyday life a bit of
>a struggle, which is reflected in our lyrics. I guess
>on this most recent album some of the lyrics were
>mainly about wanting to be somewhere else, but knowing
>that somewhere else is no better. It\'s not exactly Bob
>Dylan, I admit that. We are the kind of people who are
>not good at meeting people and the kind of people in a
>party situation you want to avoid. With my level of
>articulation, really I should stick to instrumentals.
>Sean: i just write stuff down all the time then pick
>out the five or six lines out of a hundred that are
>tolerable, again sometimes i pick the wrong ones &
>sometimes there aren\'t any good ones to pick.
>Namur:What should we expect about \"To the moon\"? Is
>the continuation of \"Last night something happened\",
>or it has new sounds or a different musical direction?
>Christian: We wanted to have a bit more variation of
>sounds on \"to the moon\", so we tried some different
>stuff. Some of it worked and some if it didn\'t.
>However we still tried to write good tunes. It\'s
>difficult to remember back, as the album was finished
>Sean: it\'s the same kind of songs but it\'s completely
>produced by us so it sounds worse than \'last night
>something happened\' and that\'s our fault, the songs
>are pretty similar i think, but i can\'t really
>remember it was all so long ago.
>Namur:What equipment did you use in order to put the
>Christian: I\'m not sure. I know that a lot of bands
>like to have vintage guitars and amps and very precise
>set ups, but I\'m not interested in that side of things
>at all. Part of the problem on this album was that
>what equipment we had didn\'t work properly. I had to
>borrow an acoustic guitar from someone because when we
>got in the studio we realised that the intonation of
>my guitar was totally out. We have one keyboard that
>Sean bought in a car boot sale that I reckon gets used
>on every song.
>Sean: we\'re not technical & we\'re not into having
>equipment. we just use our guitars and then we\'ve got
>a bag full of keybords, xylophones, harmonicas &
>percussion and we add that stuff until we can\'t stand
>to listen to it anymore.
>Namur:Who do you site as having the most influence in
>the music you create?
>Christian: When I started playing guitar I was finding
>it quite difficult and boring as I\'m not a good
>musician, everything I was playing just sounded really
>twee or really boring. then I started going to see \'my
>bloody valentine\' playing live and watched closely to
>memorise the chords that Kevin Shields was playing. At
>first I couldn\'t understand why what sounded great
>coming from Kevin\'s guitar sounded terrible coming
>from mine. Then someone told me he used different
>tunings. So I started messing around with tunings and
>suddenly the guitar became interesting to me. 90% of
>my tunes are done in various tunings which I can never
>remember. I don\'t really listen to \'My bloody
>valentine\' anymore, but I did listen recently and
>preferred \'ecstasy\' and \'isn\'t anything\' to
>I\'m not sure what bands influence us though as I don\'t
>believe we sound like \'My bloody Valentine\' they are
>tonally complex, whereas we are very simple in that
>respect. \'Beautiful arctic star\' was influenced a bit
>by 80s synth pop, but we didn\'t really have the
>equipment to do it, so it sounds a bit remedial, which
>I like. I also really like \'Another green world\' by
>\'Brian Eno\', I\'m not saying we sound like that, but
>definitely we try to keep things concise. \'Yo La
>Tengo\' are also a great band who we would aspire to,
>it would be arrogant to say thay have influenced us.
>sean: probably christian, i try not to embarrass him
>by being too crap.
>Namur:Why Monster Movie does not perform live? Are you
>going to perform live in a near future?
>christian: Basically it\'s just me and Sean so we don\'t
>have the necessary equipment and band members. Also,
>in England at least, I really don\'t think anyone would
>come to see us.
>Sean: we\'re not performers. we make & record songs &
>those are the limits of our ability. plus i\'m entirely
>blank, i don\'t have anything to project to people.
>Namur:Back in the time, there were really good
>comments about the first Monster Movie album \"Last
>night something happened\". The highlights in this
>album are probably \"Shortwave\" and \"4th and pine\". Can
>you tell us more about the story behind these songs?
>Christian: Thank you. \'shortwave\' is a melody that I\'m
>really happy with, although I wasn\'t fully happy with
>how it turned out on the album. \'4th and pine\' was a
>song that was written very quickly almost by accident.
>I got the idea for that song\'s lyrics from a tragedy
>that befell an acqaintance whose wife very
>unfortunately had severe problems and shot herself.
>It\'s not specifically about that incident, because a 3
>minute pop song devoted to that incident would be
>totally insulting and also incredibly pompous. The
>song is more just about the idea that someone hits
>rocks bottom and can\'t see any way out.
>Namur:Christian, you were a member of one of the
>greatest bands of all the times, Slowdive. What do you
>feel now when people talk about Slowdive already as a
>legend, when people pay high amounts of money just to
>get the ep\'s or the last album \"Pygmalion\", for
>Christian: I\'m certain that we are not legends, but
>It\'s really nice and almost unbelievable that people
>like \'slowdive\' after all these years. I\'m not sure
>what we hoped for when we were making those records,
>but I guess if we thought that some people would still
>be enjoying our records over 10 years after they were
>made, then we would have been delighted. It\'s a shame
>that those records are a bit tricky to come by and
>that people have to pay too much money for them. There
>isn\'t anything I can do about it unfortunately.
>Namur:When people talk about Slowdive they think most
>about Neil and Rachel. However, after the split-up,
>they followed a different musical direction (folk)
>while you did follow with \"shoegazing\". And after
>hearing \"Last night something happened\" album, many
>people started to think about your influence in the
>\"Slowdive sound\". What can you tell us about this?
>christian: I wouldn\'t like to say how much or how
>little my input into \'slowdive\' influenced the sound.
>Neil was the principal songwriter and producer. We all
>had input to a certain extent, but it varied on every
>song. Certainly towards the end, any input I did have
>was negligble. I think that is natural for a lot of
>bands though. When we started out we were all pulling
>in the same direction, we all had similar influences
>and hopes. It is unrealistic to expect five people to
>all develop in exactly the same direction.
>Sean: i don\'t really know slowdive but from what i\'ve
>heard i prefer neil\'s solo album, i also prefer the
>stuff Christian does for us.
>Namur:Many fans out there ask me about Eternal. Do you
>guys have in mind to re-release Eternal material?. In
>Perú we did get \"Breath\" and \"Sleep\" some years ago...
>Christian: It is amazing that \'eternal\' should be even
>heard of in Peru as we weren\'t even a proper band. I
>seriously doubt that \'eternal\' single will ever be re
>released though. Outside of Peru I don\'t think there
>is any interest.
>Sean: there are no plans to release it. i think it\'s
>pretty good that christian could write songs that good
>when he was 19
>Namur:How do you see the \"shoegazing\" scene in the
>Christian: I just don\'t know what the \"shoegazing\"
>scene is. I know that when \'slowdive\' was around there
>were a handful of bands around with similar influences
>that were picked up by the music press, but probably
>there were hundreds of other bands sounding like us
>that weren\'t as fortunate to be given any media
>coverage. I suppose the difference now is the internet
>allows for a community to exist for these bands and to
>a certain extent they can all get people to listen to
>them anywhere in the world.
>I have heard some of these type bands, and the thing
>that struck me was that they so were intent on
>replicating the sounds from their favourite records
>that they forgot about writing decent tunes. They
>should be less concerned about what effects processor
>Kevin Shields used and listen to how some people
>manage to compose great or beautiful melodies.
>sean: i have no knowledge or interest in that kind of
>thing. of the other bands on the same labels as us we
>like dreamend who are on graveface records.
>Namur:What do you know about Perú and Southamerica
>musical (shoegazing scene)?
>christian: Some friends of ours have recently returned
>from travelling and told us that Peru is an amazing
>country. I would like to visit someday if I get the
>opportunity. We have heard of \'Resplandor\' from Peru,
>they were kind enough to send us their records.
>Sean: i\'m sorry but i don\'t know anything about any
>shoegazing scene, we would be delighted to listen to
>anything anyone sends to us though.
>Namur:Where do you see Monster Movie in 5 year time?
>christian: We don\'t have a plan. At the moment we have
>no money to record. We would really like to record
>another album, so we will try to find someone to help
>Sean: doing the same thing for less money. we\'re
>pretty old so five years isn\'t a long time for us.
>Namur:Finally, what to you is the most impotant thing
>Christian: Trying to avoid death.
>Sean: to become more invisible.
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