Swiss rockers Sons of Morpheus are launching a split LP with German psychedelic rock act Samavayo on May 18th. The LP is titled “The Fuzz Charger Split” and will be out via Sixteentimes Music. Sons of Morpheus told us about it in a new interview.
Hey guys. How are you doing?
We’re good, thanks. Just wondering when winter’s finally over.
You are about to launch a split LP together with Samavayo entitled “The Fuzz Charger Split.” How do you feel about the release?
It’s the first time we’re doing a release with another band. But so far, it seems to be pretty cool. All we do is discussed with Samavayo. It’s even easier if you are more people that work on it. They brought in Rob from Headz Up Berlin, he made us this awesome artwork.
We’re still waiting for the vinyl. The pressing should be done in a few days, so we’re ready for the release.
How much of a challenge was to work on these songs?
We we’re working on new songs since Nemesis (2017) and tried to enter the studio as soon as possible. This time, we did all on our own, so all the pressure came from ourselves. That made us work very quick and we had a very positive workflow that allowed us to try a lot of new things.
What is your opinion about the current psychedelic rock scene?
Good question. There is a lot new things going on. The Stoner and Psychedelic Rock scene and festivals like the Up In Smoke or Duna Jam are growing every year. You can see a lot young people coming to the concerts again, that’s great. I believe that the mix between 70ies Rock, Doom, Psychedelic, motorcycles, desert, beer and metal cut-offs can be called rock scene nowadays.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
There are all the classics like Jimi, LedZepp and Black Sabbath. But we also listen to and like younger bands. Greenleaf, 1000 mods, Deville, All them Witches… one of my favorites is Red Fang.
What are you listening to these days?
Jimi, all the time. We’re doing a full Jimi tribute set soon. So I have to listen to this songs to get into it.
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
In no particular order: The Kinks – Kinks (1964), The Who – Live at Leeds (1970), Red Fang – Red Fang (2008), Dover – I Was Dead for 7 Weeks in the City of Angels (2001), Lagwagon – Double Plaidinum (1997).
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record songs on the “Fuzz Charger Split”?
We had this Studer Radio desk and a laptop with Cubase. That’s the heart of all the records. We mixed old Neumann’s and modern Avantone Tube mics, Rode mics and classic Shure stuff. But our sound belongs to all the pedals, the shells and the amps. Drums: Yamaha Stage Custom, Bass: Acoustic Head, Guitar: Bandmaster and a Twin Super Reverb.
Besides the release of the split, are there any other plans for the future?
We’re talking about a new EP and touring in fall. But we’ll see.
Any words for the potential new fans?
You may think we’re a pretty good band on our records. But hey, we’re a fucking good live band too. So come by and check us out at a concert!