[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From the lead-in to an interview by Jean Ramsay on Club Niubi”]…I am a wordless fur-covered primate and the forest around me is full of terrifying sounds. Screeching birds high up in the treetops tear at my nerves, sound almost mocking. The light of Day turns into the vast unexplained of Night, and the pulse of my own heart and the rushing liquid in my bloodstream block out my senses. Fear becomes a space, it has dimensions, the present and timelessness; the potent and intoxicating now, standing on the brim of nothingness, on the springboard of my own bare existence, intensified by an abrupt end….[/pullquote]
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Who Peter Hayden really is, is a question which sees its answer floating away out there in deep space between solar systems. And whether or not the question is really that important (or even relevant) remains to be seen.
What is important though, is the journey of Mr. Peter Hayden (or MPH as they apparantly call themselves now – if it’s not simply PH?). They are the last of the family of five Tampere-bands on this years Roadburn Festival, and perhaps also the one that tries to reach the farthest reaches.
Very much centered around a deep, often very slow, pulsating, drum-driven rhythm – so much so that it actually seems to be the drums that propel the music forward, much more than simply keeping the rhythm – MPH uses repetition to full effect using continous small changes spaced out over the long to very long compositions (I hesitate to call them songs, not so much because the music is instrumental, but more because this is definitely not songs in any conventional sense).
[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From an interview by Kieron Tyler”]“This genre thing has been brought up often with Born A Trip,” says Lauri. “The reason the album does not really sound like metal or anything else is simply because we weren’t really aiming for metal or anything else. It all comes out naturally. We do not know what it is but our second album.”[/pullquote]
Instead, it’s music that takes its time – and make the demand that you do the same. Dramatic in scope, yet somehow still with an organic feel, ensuring the listener that this is indeed a machine based on human flesh and blood, whether they’re basing their sound on 70s rock like Bowie and Santana, or – as on later albums – moving into more of a doomy post-territory.
Or becoming even more ambitious as on the latest album – Archdimension Now from 2014. This sinister, industrial, almost dystopic work, spread across a full double-album layers harsh foreboding sounds, deep rumbling bass and desperate guitars above extremely disciplined drums, interspersed with soothing aetherial passages. Creating a work that is at least as ambitious in both depth and scope, as something like Yes‘ Tales From Topographic Oceans, yet seems better thought-through and executed.
MPH seems to point towards a new understanding of music as a transcending force – come feel for yourself during their set at Roadburn 2016.
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|Faster Than Speed||LP (2010)|
|Born A Trip||2LP (2012)|
|We Fly High||EP (2014)|
|Archdimension Now||2LP (2014)|
Interview quote form Kieron Tyler
“Descriptive” quote from Club Niubi