Morgellons is a group which have many influences it seems like if I listen to their record…here’s an interview with them done in september 2014.
Please tell me a little bit history of the group?
-Morgellons formed in 2011 and after several personnel changes, we finally settled on the current line-up. Mark and Vince are the two Morgellons left from the original band. We’ve had the privilege of working with some really great people over the last few years, but for various reasons - mainly conflicting priorities - it never quite worked out. Getting Mannie and Josh onboard has completely revitalized the band, and after a pretty hectic gigging schedule we’re now looking at writing new material. Watch this space
Please tell me a little about every member in the group right now, age, family, work, interests and something bad about everyone?
-Mannie Zerafa - Drums: By day Mannie is a mild-mannered gardener with a deep and abiding love for nature in all its resplendent glory. But when he’s playing drums, it’s as if a crazed geneticist had spliced the DNA of Keith Moon and John Bonham in order to create something fueled by vast quantities of strong alcohol and the desire to hit things very hard. Mannie is a bundle of pure energy and has the constitution of an ox on steroids. Nothing fazes him and he keeps time like a human metronome. Nobody thumps the tubs like Mannie. He’s the heart that keeps Morgellons going. Mark Geraghty - Bass: Mark is our ideas man - the brains of the outfit. At pretty much every rehearsal he’ll have the blueprint for at least three new songs and sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with him! Mark works as a signalman on the railways, which is a very responsible job. This probably explains why he’s the closest thing we have in the band to a grown-up. He books all our gigs, does all the networking and he arranges everything from rehearsals to recording sessions - he’s the organizer, the promoter and basically, he’s our manager in all but name. Every band needs a Mark, but they can’t have him because he’s a Morgellon and that’s all there is to it. Josh Pinto - Guitar: Josh is the alchemist that pulls it all together and makes it work. He can take a basic idea, run with it, adapt it and create something quite magnificent. If Mannie is the heart and Mark is the brains, Josh is the respiratory system - the lungs that breathe life and give the energy to make it all move. Josh is an original, highly intuitive guitarist with a gift for a catchy riff and a killer solo. He works as a printer, which is handy for publicity and flyers, and he’s also our techno-wizard. Basically Josh can fix pretty much anything and he also designed and runs our website http://morgellonsband.com . Josh is a very laid-back, chilled-out kind of chap; which is fortunate, otherwise he’d probably be a super-villain and use his powers to rule the world. Vince Mahon - Vocals: Vince works as a civil servant, which is exactly the kind of dull, nonsensical job that allows him the scope to come up the lyrics he sings for the band. Vince has a slightly disconnected way of looking at the world, and that colors what he writes and how he sings. But he does have a knack for coming up with a lyric and he’s a pretty good frontman, so basically we just let him get on with it
Morgellons where did the name came from? The memory of echoes is a good name because your tunes isn´t so newinfluenced?
- Vince read an article on Morgellons Syndrome which is an illness where the sufferer believes that foreign objects are extruding from the skin. Whether that’s real or not we can’t say, but it’s an interesting condition. And, not to trivialise what those who identify as Morgellons suffers are going through, we thought it was a good name for the band.
Almost pyschobilly in Subterrenean Homesick Beast many different styles on your CD?
- The Memory Of Echoes album was recorded in July 2013 with Mark and Vince, plus Matthew Graham on drums and Daniel Jervis on guitar. It’s a very different sound from where we are now, though still play those songs live because Mannie and Josh have given them all a much-needed shot in the arm. We all have varied tastes in music beyond our shared appreciation of punk. Why on earth would any band want to voluntarily pigeon-hole themselves into playing just one style of music? Where’s the fun in that? Morgellons will continue to grow and develop our sound, going wherever it takes us. We’ve got a solid line-up and we know what we want to achieve. We’re working so well together and we’re firing on all cylinders. The new material’s coming and we’re looking forward to recording again - probably in early 2015, maybe sooner. We’ll keep you posted
What´s the best thing with playing live?
- Any band worth their salt should be playing live. It’s where you start to gel as a unit, it’s where everything falls into place and you develop that almost psychic connection with each other. We’ve been gigging pretty much constantly for nearly a year and it’s really beginning to pay off. Plus, there is nothing to touch the feeling of playing to an audience who appreciate what you’re doing - that’s the best buzz of all.
And where is best to play?
- We’ve played so many great places, it would be impossible to name them all, but being asked to play at Rebellion was a definite highlight. We also love the 12 Bar and the 100 Club in London, and you can’t go wrong with the Barn in Portsmouth - the Pompey mob are a great bunch. The Crawley Punkfest was a cracking day out, too. To be honest, we’ve been very lucky both in the venues we’ve played and the crowds who’ve supported us.
How is it to play this sort of music in England?
-Despite the efforts of corrupt big business and venal local authorities who seem intent on bulldozing London to the ground to build accommodation for arms-dealing oligarchs and international money launderers, London does still have a good live music scene. Although, even as I write this, it looks like the 12 Bar Club, one of the best small venues in the country, is to be closed as they destroy yet another piece of our heritage. Bastards. We love playing outside London, too. Nationally there is a great DIY attitude, where people are finding spaces and organising gigs, giving new bands a chance to play and more established bands a chance to reach a new audience. We’ll gig wherever we’re offered one and we’ll always support independent live music. It’s up to us all, bands and audience, to create our own scene and support those who are trying to do something positive
How would you describe your music in three words?
- That’s a bit tricky as we generally prefer to let people make their own minds up. We’ve been called “post-punk”, which is fair enough I suppose. Though that’s only two words. How about “Car Alarm Blues” Or even “Monochrome Soul”. (Two words again). Fuck it, call it what you like as long as you’re into it, we don’t mind.
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it a lifestyle?
- Christ, pick an easy question why don’t you? LOL At its best, punk is a force for energy, creativity, possibility and excitement. It’s informed and influenced so many people; not just musicians, but also artists, writers, film-makers, and poets. It’s impossible to define what it means, because it’s constantly growing and evolving. Or at least, it should be. Is it a lifestyle? It’s as much a lifestyle as you want to make it, I suppose. Life’s too short to worry about what is or what isn’t “punk”. Enjoy what you enjoy and avoid what you don’t. Simple as that.
How do you see on downloading, mp3 and that stuff?
- There’s loads of people downloading stuff for free these days, but if you’re in a band and struggling to get by, gigging for petrol money and trying to build up a name for yourself, it’s a bit shitty if someone’s taking your work and not paying for it. If you like the band, support them, it’s as simple as that. It’s almost impossible to ignore MP3s and downloading, it’s altered how we buy and listen to music and it’s all in favor of the big record companies and their artists - so no change there, then.
How is it to live in England now? Politically?
- England is fine. It’s the scum that are running/ruining it that need sorting out.
Is there any good bands from England?
- Yeah, loads. There’s AMI, Rage DC, T & The Mugs, The Fallen Leaves, Decadent Few, SuperMinx ’70, Skurvi, No Lip, The Duel, The Vox Dolomites, The Fanzines, and of course, the old-school legends like Menace and Chelsea. There’s loads more, and apologies to those we’ve missed out here.
What do you know about Sweden?
- Well according to The Stranglers, it’s the only country where the clouds are interesting. Seriously though, we don’t know very much about Sweden, (at least, I don’t) but having looked online, it certainly seems to have a lively and diverse live music scene and we’d be more than happy to play there.
Your lyrics, who does them and what influences you?
- Vince writes the lyrics and they tend to be based on a wide range of influences tinged with a bit of observation and personal experience.
Do you do any covers when you play live, which(if you do)?
- We do a couple of cover versions. Usually Red Scab, an old Adam & The Ants song which is a bit of a favourite of ours; plus we do Blank Generation by Richard Hell & The Voidoids. So we wear our classic, old-school punk influences on our collective sleeve.
Politics and musics, does it goes hand in hand? .Best political band/artist? Do you think that music(lyrics and so on) and change anyones life)I mean people who listens to music)?
- Like it or not and you can try to ignore it, but politics is a part of everyday life and has an effect on everybody. That doesn’t necessarily mean politics and music go hand in hand, as music can be a purely hedonistic thing; but when they do mix, it can be a force to be reckoned with. Mind you, these days asking most musicians about politics is about as relevant as asking a politician what their favourite album is. The simple, obvious choice for “best political band”, - or possibly best known the UK at least, would probably be The Clash or Crass. Both were incredibly influential and are still considered relevant today. But politics in music is nothing new and it’s certainly not confined to punk. People like Paul Robeson, Billie Holiday and Woody Guthrie were singing about injustice and inequality years ago, and Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan wrote great protest songs. Stories, poems and songs have always been used as a method of protest and a way of recording social history. Whether that’s changed anything is open to debate, but it’s better to have those songs and stories than not. Music can change your life. But then pretty much anything can change your life if you’re receptive to it. Keep an open mind, and life can be a surprising and delightful thing.
Have you done anything more than The memory of echoes ? If you have how can I get it?
- Everything we’ve released so far is available at morgellonsband.com New material will be available soon. We’re aiming to keep on gigging, keep on recording and hopefully, reaching as many people as possible. To all the bands we’ve gigged with, the promoters who’ve taken a chance on us and the people who’ve come to our gigs and supported us, thank you. It really does mean a lot and it’s what makes it all worthwhile. All the best Morgellons.