As we are fast approaching this year’s edition of Aarhus Psych Fest, we have had a chat with local act Morgan Square about who they are, what inspires and what they are looking forward to hearing at the festival this year.
SOA: Who is Morgan Square and what can we expect from your show at Aarhus Psych Fest?
We view Morgan Square as a response to the current psych-wave, which we felt relied too much on droning and repetitive riffs. It is a way of saying that we found our own place in a flourishing and constantly surprising scene. Expect ALTERNATIVE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK, like someone would in the 70s – Energy, lust for life, melodies, danceable rhythms… oh and new songs. Well, we are just five guys having a laid back good time.
SOA: When we think of/Google the name ‘Morgan Square’, recreational areas pop up in our search results. Please enlighten us about your name:
Let us tell you a story. Five years ago a group of nomads were traveling through the Sahara. They had gone days without food or water when a basket suddenly appeared on the horizon. Instead of ignoring it as any rational traveler would have, they went to investigate. The basket did not contain food nor water, but a tiny human fetus. Stuck to its foot was an envelope saying “Achbaham la spiritus – Morgan Square”, and upon reading this the nomads witnessed the fetus growing into a man with long blond hair; a man destined to play the music of his forefathers. The people at Google know of this tale, but they do not believe in magic.
SOA: If I say The Doors – what would you (also) say?
The floors? The windows? One of the greatest bands to come out of the 60s and 70s?
This might also be a clever way of asking about our sources of inspiration. Our current diet consists of a light Pink Floyd breakfast, a heavy lunch of Converge and perhaps a bit of Bloodbath, all this leading to a healthy dinnertime meal with Glassjaw as the main ingredient. At night I snack for unhealthy bands I wouldn’t dare to tell my friends about.
SOA: What is up with psychedelic bands and the desert?
We like the warm sand.
Could also have something to do with being alone with your thoughts.. and the vultures longing for your flesh. Though you can’t deny that it makes for some pretty neat cover art!
SOA: You just released a record with four tracks on them on Raum Eins Records. How does being on an independent label work for you and how do you see the future for the independent artist like yourselves? – Is Aarhus, Denmark the right place to be?
Morten (Raum Eins) pretty much let us run everything our own way. We never doubted his motives – he heard something he liked and wanted to lend a helping hand. Distribution-wise, the internet has definitely made it easier to get your stuff on the market and is somewhat quickly becoming the main source of music for many people.
Being based in Aarhus hasn’t been hindering us in any way so far, so we’ll probably stay here for a while.
SOA: What is your best experience playing live (so far) and what kind of experiences do you dream of having in the future?
The energy we create together on stage, and furthermore, the universe we live in when we are flowing towards ecstasy!
The most recent ones always shine brightest; might just have something to do with our memory. Our latest show was at Flux Festival in Aarhus, and it is rare to see such a large collection of nice and open-minded people. We are hoping to see some of the same people at Psych Fest.
I heard that Pink Floyd played in the ruins of Pompeii; sounds like a pretty atmospheric place to have a jam. Guess we should aim for that.
SOA: Apart for yourselves, which other performance(s) are you looking forward to seeing at Aarhus Psych Fest:
‘I know the blow you grow, the Wands!’ ..Oh, so they don’t play this year..? Well, then..
Electric Eye, Tales of Murder and Dust, Elevatorfører. We share our rehearsal space with Spökraket, and we’re always interested in hearing what their collective creative minds have come up with.
Morgan Square will play Aarhus Psych Fest on Saturday the 4th of October. Tickets are available from billetto.dk.
Morgan Square is:
Lasse Krog Andersen –Guitar, lead vocals, Jewharp, percussion
Thomas Frederiksen – Saw, percussion, various instruments
Emil Hiltmar – Bass, percussion
Simon Behrentz Jensen – Drums, percussion,
Lasse Nørregård Rasmussen – Guitar, keys, backing vocals, percussion