Based in Canterbury, at the heart of the garden of England, Motion Picture Soundtrack deftly weave engaging lyrics and powerful moving melodies into their deep, dark rock tapestry. At times gentle, at others fiercely driven, the result is uplifting, yet realistic, euphoric and beautiful.
The album - epic in scale and scope - is a sparkling, cinematic statement of intent. Honing their craft for several months with producers Hugh Jones (Echo and the Bunnymen, I am Kloot) and Dan Austin (Doves, Massive Attack, Oceansize) subsequently paved the way for industry heavyweights Paul Schroeder (The Stone Roses, The Verve), Cenzo Townshend (Editors, Bloc Party, Klaxons) and Bob Ludwig (RATM, Radiohead, Tool...) to take the reigns and commit the band's sonic theatrics perfectly to record.
The bands second single 'Glass Figures' precedes the album release on 22nd February with a thunderous, engaging, Jeff Buckley/Editors-esque crossover that comes at you 'like a shower of knives'. The track, one of the more heavier outings from the album sees Motion Picture Soundtrack once again assert themselves as not only masters of the crescendo but excellent at uniting thoughtful tender moments with out and out crushing rock. The manifesto is simple - to create music to move the listener. It's intricate - but under the bands complete control - and made to seem effortless.
2010 sees the band fulfilling the promise of that first XFM review. The sonic swirling of their sound draws a definitive line between the patient, brooding and stylistic MPS - a band with real staying power - and the countless fly by night acts that clog up much of the community. With people across the UK taking a deeper interest in their work and an ever-increasing number of fans discovering the power of the live show, they are truly a band to connect with. The coming year could well be theirs.
Alastair Blackwood - Lead Vocal, Rhythm Guitar & Piano
Nick Watts - Lead Guitar
Will Hasler - Bass
Graeme Blackwood - Drums & Percussion