Interviews About Albums: MOLITOTH - You (2023)

In this new interview, we sat down with the American Progressive Rock/Progressive Metal/Rock band MOLITOTH to ask some questions about his new album "You"

1. What can you say about this upcoming EP/CD?

I can say that I'm glad it is done as it has taken up the past year and a half of my life. There are sections within the album that I am very proud of, and there are other decisions that I wish I would have done differently, but I think that is a common feeling among most artists after wrapping up a new album. For what started as a random group of rough ideas, and then mixed together in a very experimental mindset, it turned out pretty cool!

2. What is the meaning of the EP/CD name?

I am a huge fan of conceptual albums, so of course, I attempted to figure out a way to work one into this album. Unfortunately after months of brainstorming, nothing worthwhile evolved for a concept. During the lyric writing process, I was noticing a trend that much of the lyrical content being written was being directed toward a subject constantly referred to as “You”. While I originally was very critical of how often the word “You” was appearing in my own lyrical content, I finally just decided to accept this self-critique and be open about it, hence the album got its title, “You”.

3. Which one is the composer of the CD/EP?

Unlike our debut album “The Tribunal” which was mostly written by myself (Kyle), this time the song ideas stemmed from rough demos that were written by Maddy. I received the demos and sat on them for a few months until I realized the potential. Then when Maddy asked me to co-write and produce them, I accepted. In the end, I composed some of it, but Maddy deserves credit for the compositions of the songs, regardless of any structural changes done by myself. 

4. If you had to pick one song, which one would you pick?

Acolyte. When I received the original demo for the song, it brought me Porcupine Tree vibes, which made me really happy because I am a huge Ptree fan. I was also listening to a lot of Opeth at the time, which heavily influenced the vocal approach. I wanted a mixture of styles to take listeners in and out of different comfort zones, which I think we accomplished. So I'm proud of that one.

5. Is there a special message in this EP/CD? If there is what it is?

Hopefully, each listener can find their own special message, whatever that may be. I suppose the message that I take from it is that as a society, we really need to stop hating each other, move on from the past while learning from our mistakes, and look forward to a brighter future.

6. Are there some lyrics that you'd love to share?

In the track “Acolyte”, I was particularly fond of my address to certain non-named politicians: “Your riches are stolen, sticky-fingered as a thief; and it doesn't resonate with me. Use your mouth as a weapon to indoctrinate beliefs. Progressively cheating without empathy. Our virtue is threatened through red tape conformity while your mockery bias shows no dignity. It's humiliation, it's a downright calamity. It's embarrassing for you as your mutter.”

7. Which inspirations have been important for this album? Like musically or friends, family, someone you'd love to thank especially?

As far as inspiration goes, experimental Prog-Rock/Metal in general, as it is my personal favorite Genre of music. I don't think there is a huge fanbase for it, nor many bands doing it much these days. I'm always inspired by certain musicians I find myself listening to over and over again. My vocal coach Daniel Tompkins (Tesseract), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), and just recently the discovery of Noah Sebastion (Bad Omens). I could list so many more influential artists, but that would be pages long.

8. Something to add?

During the writing of this album, my good friend was diagnosed with cancer which ended up being pretty influential in the lyric department as I reflected upon my own life. I'd like to dedicate a part of it to him as I will remember him any time I listen back to certain songs from “You”. RIP Wayne Jobe 2022.

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