SONS OF MORPHEUS: Creative Storm

Sons of Morpheus

Swiss psych rock trio Sons of Morpheus are on the verge of launching a split release with German rockers Samavayo. Titled ‘The Fuzz Charger Split,’ the LP is out via Sixteentimes Music on May 18th. The two bands will also embark on a tour of Switzerland and Germany in support of the release. Sons of Morpheus spoke for Prog Sphere about the upcoming release.

How would you define the mission of Sons of Morpheus?

If it’s about SOM’s mission, I’d say its “fun”, plain and simple. But it’s not only about us, we’re part of a greater piece! Despite of digitalization and electrification in modern music, pop-drop’s, zero’s and one’s, EDM-coachellfishs and whatnot, there’s a vivid scene of bands like us, driving across continents in small vans, bringing the stone-dry hardrockin’ psych into small venues on Monday nights, blowing minds of no matter if 5 or 500 souls gathering for that unspectacular but unique and meaningful moment. It’s been done 50 years ago the same way as when it got big and mainstreamy, as well as when it was titled “dead” and it still goes on today in a very healthy way. It’s just an awesome thing to do, no matter if on stage or as part of the crowd.

You are about to launch a split LP release together with Samavayo. It’s titled “The Fuzz Charger,” and you occupy the B side with three songs. Tell me about the creative process that informed these three compositions.

We brought tons of first-class recording gear to a nice venue out in the middle of nowhere in rural switzerland and spent something like a whole week there, recording the tracks. we totally lost the connection to the outside world… whether it was day or night? We had no clue (and now windows). As a matter of fact there was a huge storm going on outside and the media was full of crash reports (we were told). We didn’t get it. SOM was inside the eye of it’s own creative storm.

Is there a certain message that you want to emit with these tracks?

Not really, to be honest. Every track is somehow a digestion of what happens and hapened in our lifes. And other lifes. And in the internet!

The Fuzz Charger

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

Some songs we kind of “pre-produced” with a lot of effort in our rehearsal. Some we’re played jammed once and tracked with a zoom, just as a notepad…. but the creative process in the studio brought it all to another dimension: here comes a childrens-choir, there some rattlesnakes…. we’ve got a detuned piano here? oh great, let’s bring it in! two drumsets… why the fuck not? should we stretch jam this one to 13minutes… sure thing!! it was great fun, but coming back home after, all of us got really jet-lagged.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Yes and no. For example in money: yes. Dark shadows: no.

Describe the approach to recording the tracks.

We’re very lucky and thankful to have a lot of people around us with great recording gear. Also we gathered quite some expertise and gear over the years ourselfs. We wanted to risk a shot in the dark and be our own producer. Embracing the natural “danger” of losing ourselfs and getting off the track… it’s recently tons of records out there by once eccentric bands, now teamed up with their shiny producers nailing it “catchy”. Maybe we want to try that too at a certain point. But it definitely wasn’t the approach for this one.

How long did it take to complete the work on the Fuzz Charger split?

Well, you know in that very session, where the three songs from the “fuzz-charger” split come from, we’ve finished 8 tracks in total. The writing was in between touring and took around 2 months with breaks, the recording was 7 days. Another couple of weeks for mixing. Here we are.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release and in general?

Greenleaf, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Kamchatka, Red Fang, Echolot, Queens of the Stone Age, Karma to Burn, The Mars Volta, Fenchel, Knöppel, Tool.

Sons of Morpheus (Photo: Tabea Hüberli)

Sons of Morpheus (Photo: Tabea Hüberli)

What is your view on technology in music?

It’s a tool, to help you transmit your energy and meaning. Some part’s of the process need more of it, others less. When it comes to amplifiers, clearly everything that’s been built before 1980 just rules over the present. Very few of the modern stuff interacts as direct with your guts as pre 80’s gear.

When it comes to recording: we’re cool and familiar with both digital and analogue. It’s just a question of your approach (and budget, and studio-space). Let me just say this: being limitless in sound-options and recording-time doesn’t necessary fuel your creativity. It does not. Not at all.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

No not really.

What are your plans for the future?

Well, we’re releasing that split and tour with it as much as we can. Then enjoying some festival-love over the summer. Then… as mentioned earlier we still have 5 songs from that session to be released. So there’s probably an EP coming in fall. Then touring, then writing, touring, recording, releasing, touring and so on.

The Fuzz Charge is out on May 18; pre-order it here. Follow Sons of Morpheus on Facebook. Catch them on tour with Samavayo; for dates see the flyer below.

Sons of Morpheus-Samavayo tour poster

Cover photo: Tabea Hüberli

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