If you’ve been paying attention to the UK underground, the name Morass of Molasses would have definitely popped up at some point. The band have been relentlessly playing the country, bringing their heavy riffs to the many, not the few. Before their set at Bloodstock I spoke to Bones from the band to chat about all things Morass of Molasses.
Jack: Hey, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. How are you doing?
Bones The Beard (Vocals/Bass): We are hyped up about playing Bloodstock! It’s the next step for us as a band.
Jack: How did the band come together?
Bones (Vocals/Bass): We met at a gig in Reading, which then lead to us arranging to have our first rehearsal. We discovered straight away that the chemistry was very strong between us, as we had written a song within the first hour-or-so of playing together. That song went on to become ‘Rotten Teeth’. We formed the band straight after the rehearsal.
Jack: What is the great appeal in playing sludge music?
Bones: We have never described ourselves as Sludge, that is more a label others have given us. We consider ourselves to be a Heavy Doom Blues band.
Jack: What are the band’s influences?
Bones: Our influences from the past are bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Free. More recent they would be Tool, Mastodon and Elder.
Jack: Sludge/Stoner/Doom music has gotten more popular over the years, why do you think this is?
Bones: There is something timeless about it and yet it feels new at the same time. That combined with loads of great bands coming out and pushing the boundaries.
Jack: With a rise in bands of this ilk, a lot of people claim the scene has got stagnant. Would you agree?
Bones: Not at all. In fact, the opposite is true: when you tour around the country you get to play with lots of different bands that are all in the same scene but have very different approaches to the music. It’s all valid and everyone has their role to play.
Jack: These Paths We Tread came out in May, are you happy with the response?
Bones: Happy would be an understatement. To have something you have worked so hard on be received with such praise from critics and fans alike is glorious feeling!
Jack: The album is inspired by the concept of mythic sin, ancient archetypes and the journey we take as humans. What inspired by this?
Bones: Everyday life and the trials we go through to survive and prosper – all this, within the context of Mythology that has been around for thousands of years.
Jack: How important is music as part of the journey we take as humans?
Bones: It is essential. Music, and in fact all creativity, is the spark that lies within us. Without it, life would be very grey. It nourishes us and helps us to learn and grow.
Jack: What was the recording of These Paths We Tread like?
Bones: It took a long time, and we never wanted to compromise any of our ideas for the sake of cost. Ultimately, it was a labour of love and we are very proud of the results.
Jack: How did your recent tour with Cybernetic Witch Cult Go?
Bones: It was wondrous. We have found true brothers, and will be going on tour again with them in the near future.
Jack: Was it a surreal experience supporting Crowbar?
Bones: It wasn’t our first time supporting a well-known band at that venue, we had previously supported Orange Goblin and Soil. However, chatting to Kirk afterwards about Blues was a real treat.
Jack: What can we expect from your set at Bloodstock this year?
Bones: Our live performances tend to have an unpredictable element to them. We pride ourselves on never putting on the same show twice. But most of all, we enjoy ourselves and that seems to carry over to the audience.
Jack: How was your experience of playing on the Jagermeister stage a few years back?
Bones: It was very early on in our career as a band, and as a result, it really propelled us forward. That momentum has never really ceased: it ultimately lead to us getting signed to Hevisike Records and releasing our debut album.
Jack: Do you think playing the festival before will give you an advantage this time?
Bones: We have grown a lot as a band since our first performance. Much of this is down to the literally hundreds of shows we have played while touring since our last time at Bloodstock.
Jack: What’s the dream festival you want to play?
Bones: Desertfest is very high on our list, and Roadburn as well; But in truth we want to play them all.
Jack: What else is coming up after Bloodstock?
Bones: We have a handful of new songs in the early stages, with the idea of releasing either an EP or doing a split next year. All backed up by a European tour.
Jack: Finally what are the origins of your nicknames?
Bones: Watch us live and it will all become clear. You can’t miss the reasons!