Motorpsycho was founded in October 1989 in Trondheim, a small industrial city on the mid-western coast of Norway. The first line-up was Bent Sther (vocals, bass),Hans Magnus Snah Ryan(guitar, vocals) and Kjell Runar Killer Jenssen (drums). They came up with their band name while watching a Russ Meyer triple-feature in London. Two of the film titles (Mudhoney and Faster Pussycat) were already taken by other bands, the name Motorpsycho was still available.
Their first album Lobotomizer was in 1991, after which Killer quit and Hkon Gebhardt took over on drums, forming the nucleus of Motorpsycho for many years to come. But it was the release of their third album,Demon box, which finally brought them acknowledgement and amazing reviews all across Scandinavia and Europe. Demon Box contains everything from brutal pop to long, gliding progressive themes and industrial terror visions. It was voted best album by the norwegian press and was later nominated for a Grammy.
Motorpsycho toured extensively across Germany, Benelux and Italy, gaining fans wherever they went. They released two EPs (Mountaib and Another ugly), each showing an amazing diversity of styles, Motorpsychos trademark. After playing big-name festivals like Roskilde and Lowlands , the band went into the studio to record the follow-up album to Demon Box, released on EMI/Harvest in Norway and on the newly-founded Stickman Records for the rest of the world. Timothy's monster contains almost two hours of passionate rock, heavy psychedelia and even a couple of sweet pop ditties.
Due to its monster-length it was released as a double-CD and a three-LP box-set with a full-color poster and a vinyl etching on the sixth side. Since the release of Timothys Monster, Motorpsycho switched from EMI to Sony Records in Norway. And theyve written and recorded such an amazing amount of music as to be almost frightening. Album followed album, every year. Add to this the countless singles, tracks for compilations, even entire country-n-western-soundtracks! And their perhaps strangest release to date was their split-single with old-school-rocker Alice Cooper on Musical Tragedies Records. As if that isnt enough, Motorpsycho also started up a series of live albums, under the name of Roadwork. Roadwork Vol. 1 with the wonderful sub-title Heavy Metall iz a poze, hardt rock iz a laifschteil was released in March 1999.
Roadwork Vol. 2, The MotorSource Massacre, was released at the end of 2000 and is a recording together with The Source and Deathprod at the Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 1995. The year 2000 started off with a bang, with their album Let them eat cake going into the norwegian charts at ..1 as well as entering the german charts a first for both Motorpsycho and Stickman Records. The same thing happened in 2001 with the release of their latest album Phanerothyme: from 0 to ..1 in Norway, and another german chart entry, this time three spots higher than the year before. 2002 continued in an upward spiral, with two tours and the international success of their September release,Its a love cult,this time charting in 4 european countries and licensed in Japan. The US is also finally starting to pay attention to Motorpsycho, as proved during their short east coast tour in October of 2002.
2003 and 2004 found Motorpsycho taking a break if you can call it that. The time off was spent re-releasing some hard-to-find older releases, such as the vinyl version of the Timothys Monster boxset and the very sought after Tussler soundtrack (with bonus tracks of course). The band also joined the other members of the international Tussler society for some shows in Norway in the summer and went on to record and release "Motorpsycho Presents the International Tussler Society", an album + DVD, in 2004 . During this not-so-quiet break they also released their recordings of the Motorpsycho & Jaga jazzist Horns sessions for the In The Fishtank series on Konkurrent (Europe) and Touch-and Go Records (USA). And let's not forget their first-ever Japan tour! 2005 brought some sad news: long-time drummer Gebhardt quit the band in order to concentrate more on his numerous other musical projects.
But Bent and Snah are still going strong and are currently working on new material at The Void studio in Holland. For loads of information, an almost-complete discography, photos, lyrics, guitar tabs, gossip and more check out the unofficial Motorpsycho homepage. (the info is taken from Stickman records)
Current line-up Bent Sæther – lead vocals, bass, guitars, keyboard instruments, drums (since 1989) Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan – lead guitars, vocals, keyboard instruments, violin (since 1989) Kenneth Kapstad – drums (since 2007)