Article By: Leanne Ridgeway
Devil’s Child Records is extremely excited to present the second release in their “Bootleg Series” of live albums with the legendary heavy psychedelic prog-rock of Norway’s Motorpsycho! Entitled ‘Cloudwalkers‘, the set was captured live at Freak Valley Festival, May 31st, 2014.
The audio tracks were recorded live by Jens Hunecke, with mix and mastering done by series curator Tony Reed (Mos Generator, Big Scenic Nowhere, et al.) at his HeavyHead Recording Company in May 2019. You won’t find this one on Spotify or YouTube, this is a vinyl-only release especially for the Motorpsycho fans!
A few words from Rachel Williams, overlord at Devil’s Child Records:
“For those of us who gravitate toward music, there is something purely magical about a live music performance. When we gather around a band we love, moving to the music is almost homage to our ancestors dancing around the fire with their tribe. Bootlegs of live performances can capture some of that magic and allow us to relive it whenever we choose.
“In the Bootleg Series, we want to capture the excitement of sharing bootlegged live music, whether it’s a band that you’re not familiar with or an old favorite from a show that you didn’t know was recorded, this series is all about the music. We use quality recordings, mixed and mastered at HeavyHead by Tony Reed. With only 100 copies pressed on black vinyl, these records come with a basic jacket that features a handmade and glued cover that is stylized to look like the bootleg records from the 70’s. These are simplistic designs because these records are meant to be on the turntable; so drop the needle, sit back, and enjoy.”
Some personal insight about Motorpsycho from Tony Reed:
“In my opinion, Motorpsycho are the greatest band that exists in the modern underground rock scene. Although their first album was released in 1991, and alongside the Melvins, Motorpsycho has been one of the most prolific bands in the heavy rock genre. I didn’t discover the band until May 31st, 2014. I was backstage at Freak Valley Festival in Netphen, Germany (Mos Generator played earlier that day) talking to Rolf Gustavus, the owner of Stickman Records. At some time during the conversation, Rolf suggested we go out front and check out one of the bands on his label. As we came around to the front of the stage and I started to pay attention to the music, they kicked into “On A Plate”. I was hooked!!! Fast forward a few weeks to me getting the multitrack audio files for the Mos Generator set from that day, and I asked if I could get the multitracks for the Motorpsycho set, if I promised not to share. My request was accepted, and I’ve been listening to that show ever since.” (continued further below)
01. On A Plate
Tony Reed continues his tale:
“Now fast forward to Spring of 2019. Devil’s Child Records had just released a live ‘bootleg’ of a Mos Generator show from Manchester, England in 2017. I talked with Rachel (DCR owner) and Jeremy about releasing a series of bootleg style live records, complete with a photocopied info sheet glued onto a blank white cover, just like the old 1970’s boots I have so many of. We agreed that it was a cool idea, so I took on the role of curator for the series and set out looking for stuff to release. It didn’t take long for me to decide that this Motorpsycho show would be number two in the series, if the band would agree. It figured it was a long shot, but I reached out anyway and much to my surprise, Bent replied with a well worded yes.
I have to admit that having this show (at least one LPs worth) on vinyl is something I’ve hoped for for a long time. This show being my exact point in time for discovering Motorpsycho, and the fact that they played an amazing set, makes the relistening experience special every time. Another bonus is that, to my knowledge, many of these songs are not on any of the official Motorpsycho live albums. Geek out!!!”
You can get some added details about this record from Tony Reed in the video clip below. ‘Cloudwalkers‘ is a physical-only release, available February 22nd, from Devil’s Child Records:
– 30 hand-numbered Test Presses, jacket insert, and album insert signed by Tony Reed
– 100 hand-numbered copies, black vinyl (yellow, blue, pink, green, or goldenrod cover)
Available now – get it HERE. U.S.A. sales only – first come, first served. No digital availability. It will not be repressed, so once they’re gone, they’re gone!
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