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BLOODSTOCK INTERVIEW: Bones Huse & Phil Williams – Morass of Molasses

Having only been a band for four years MORASS OF MOLASSES have been taking the UK by storm with their BLACK SABBATH like sound and incredible live performances. Having played Bloodstock before they wanted to return to the festival and show goers how much they had grown so we caught up with them to just see how they had, what their future goals are and what it’s like to be such a young band trying to break through with a lot of competition.

How are you guys?

Bones: Good, good.

MORASS OF MOLASSES played the Sophie Lancaster stage yesterday, how did that go for you?

Bones: I just want to do it all over again it was that good, I looked up and it was awesome.

Phil: For me it was an almost surreal experience to just play in front of that many people but there was loads of people we knew there as well which was nice so it was a good mixture of both.

This isn’t the first time you’ve played Bloodstock and you said the next time you played here you wanted to show people how much you’ve grown as a band –  do you think you’ve proved that to everyone?

Bones: I would like to think so, judging from the reaction I think we’ve got them on our side. It felt like we levelled up.

You recently played Sludgefest as well – how does a festival like Bloodstock where everything is ultimately a lot more extreme compare to somewhere that plays predominantly more stoner, doom, sludge etc?

Bones: I think there’s a lot more doom and stoner on the bill here this year than there has been in previous years and I think it’s becoming more of a thing for metal festivals themselves and I think essentially, we just sound like SABBATH right and that’s where all metal comes from. It’s a no-brainer, it’s in the DNA of the music, heavy metal music but we just do a heavier blues version.

You’ve not long released These Paths We Tread, what’s the reception been towards it?

Bones: It’s been great, literally just before we came out the CD’s just sold out, the first line of CD’s, our label has sold out of all their vinyl, the reviews we’ve been getting have been great, everyone just seems to enjoy it.

Phil: We spent so long recording it and making it –

Bones: A year? Over a year?

Phil: Yeah, we’re just so glad that everyone else likes it too.

Bones: It’s one of those things you only have one debut album and you’re never gonna have a debut album again so we wanted to make something to be proud of and it’s done that.

MORASS OF MOLASSES have been going for around four years now and you’ve been reaching huge heights already – not many young bands get to play festivals like this, how do you feel about that?

Bones: Great! It hasn’t just happened by accident, we’ve done over 200 shows and we’ve toured a lot and we’ve had an EP and then we signed and we released an album and then we toured the album so as much as it’s great, it’s something that we’ve earned as well which is what I like to think.

There’s a lot of bands from so many genres breaking through right now, do you feel a pressure as a younger band to break through against them or are you just going with the flow?

Bones: You just gotta do what you gotta do. I don’t think our work ethic has changed since the first day we started the band and we always knew it’d be something we wanted and it’d be a lot of hard work and a lot of graft and eventually we just had faith and it started to win through so really when you just start with that mentality it never really ends.

There’s a huge amount of older generation bands now that are starting to leave playing behind and retire and there’s so many newer bands wanting to take that position as the next ‘classic’ – is that something you’d like MORASS OF MOLASSES to aim for?

Bones: As a musician, you just want the most amount of people to listen and connect with your music as possible, so by that definition the bigger your band gets the more people listen to you so yes, ultimately everybody remembers but I think the bands that are like that probably don’t notice it when it is happening. The thing with that sort of success is the reason why you’ve got that sort of success is because you’ve been so busy working that sometimes we have to check ourselves and remind ourselves of how far we’ve come because you’re so focused on the next goal that sometimes you just have to bask in the glory.

Talking of your next goal, where do you want to see yourselves in the next 5 years?

Phil: Playing the main stage!

Bones: Definitely, yeah! We’re working on new stuff at the moment so hopefully another EP or split –

Phil: Yeah, a split!

Bones: A shed load of touring of the UK and Europe hopefully, that sort initially.

Phil: 5-10 years, I don’t think that far ahead normally!

Bones: We’ve only been together for 4 years as well.

Well, it’s been great talking to you and well done for yesterday!

Bones: Thank you so much!

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Jessica Howkins

Co Editor-in-Chief for Distorted Sound Magazine, Music Journalism student.