Andrew from Leeds progsters, Monster Killed By Laser indulged in a chinwag with us ahead of their StrangeForms appearance....
*StrangeForms Festival takes place over the Easter Bank Holiday (19th & 20th April) at Wharf Chambers and features sixteen post-rock, post-metal and math rock acts.*
BAD OWL PRESENTS: Monster Killed By Laser have always held something of a cult status (certainly in Leeds if not beyond) and, in some ways, almost come across as being quite mysterious - do you attribute this to anything in particular or do you think it's down to the band constantly changing and evolving?
ANDREW: It has not been intentional it has just happend to flow that way with the music we write and the vibe we enjoy. It's a combination of our creative influences and perhaps our personalities. The band has changed and evolved because we as people, and as musicians have changed and evolved ...But within our recent evolutionary shift, we feel we are getting our musical thumbs.
BOP: Your new E.P. 'Xalzalix' (which is incredible, by the way) was released at the end of 2013. There is so much happening in the songs and so many ideas in it without it ever appearing 'messy' - do you find that one member of the band has to control the song writing to ensure that the songs never appear overburdened?
A: First of all that's very kind of you, thanks. The songs for this ep were the first we wrote as the current line up and they are essentially an amalgamation of lingering ideas fused with fresh ones. But most of our songs start out as little demo sketches put down by myself on keys/synth which are then elaborated and moulded through our group perspective.
BOP: With everything else that you guys do (Lee custom builds guitars and techs for Pigeon detectives, Rob plays in Pulled Apart By Horses and Dave plays in Cowtown) you must find it very hard to practise together never mind play gigs but we've noticed MKBL have been playing a lot more shows recently - is this deliberate and something you hope to continue?
A: It has been deliberate recently. Pulled Apart By Horses were taking a break to write their new album so we consciously tried to fit in as much as possible before their touring routine kicked back in. We are aiming to keep any momentum we have currently, with a fresh little homebrew tape release coming soon and a few more shows on the horizon.
BOP: Monster Killed By Laser will be playing on the Sunday at StrangeForms - are you planning on sticking around for the day or weekend and, if so, who are you looking forward to seeing?
A: The whole weekend looks great, kudos for the time and effort! We will be around for the Sunday and will be taking in everything we can. Taking notes and pilfering all the good ideas (only kidding).
BOP: Monster Killed By Laser are asked to curate their own gig - what four bands, past or present, would you have on the bill?
A: This question is almost as bad as being asked what kind of music you listen to moments after being introduced, haha. Option anxiety and panic set in and you end up saying something embarrassing. I would say collectively we all have an ear for soundtrack music, so John Carpenter and Fabio Frizzi would feature somewhere.
BOP: And finally, other than StrangeForms, what are Monster Killed By Laser's plans for the rest of 2014?
A: As mentioned, we will have a tape release coming your way shortly. We will be penning some new songs for recording and hitting a few more stages and hopefully a tour come autumn time.
Monster Killed By Laser are set to play StrangeForms at 7pm on Sunday 20th April.
Weekend tickets cost £15 from Jumbo, Crash & Wharf Chambers.
Day tickets cost £9 from WeGotTickets.com/f/7245