HMS Morris – Morbid Mind
Louder than War’s Ioan Humphreys has a listen to the new quirky (and at times surprisingly noisy!) video from HMS Morris.
HMS Morris are a band that have seemingly been on my radar for years, but without me actually hearing a note from them. They are a Welsh group that delve into the weird, wonky and odd-ball side of psychedelia. In the past they have managed to find the balance between bold experimentalism without giving up accessibility.
Following the success of their debut album Interior Design, the band are excited to showcase new material alongside old favourites and will be hitting the road from April. Of their new stuff, Morbid Mind explores the curiosity that resides within all of us, that drives the popularity of ‘murderabilia’ and lies behind the rubbernecking instinct, and ultimately, death.
The track starts with quite frenetic stop start vocals that, combined with the equally frenetic strobe filled video, makes for quite a dizzying experience. After its spasmodic start, it changes into quite an ethereal verse that has moments of gorgeous harmonies and Liz Fraser-esque vocals.
The middle eight is slowed right down and is vocally based around a therapist session. This rest bite soon erupts into a gloriously noisy and distorted guitar solo.
The video’s images are continuingly disturbing with violent and strange snippets of footage mixed with the members of the band being equally quirky and strange.
Both the video and track are fun and the band surely have their tongues firmly in their cheeks. Both singers in HMS Morris are full of life and deliciously fun.
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