CHRIS MOTIONLESS tells the stories behind each song on MOTIONLESS IN WHITE’s Creatures.
This song has sort of a two-part meaning. It's mainly about my hatred for bands that stand for nothing and have no message and only care about making money. At the same time, it’s a thank you to people who see past all that shit and will actuallylisten to the music because it speaks to them. Some of the bands that are popular these days make me fucking sick, and I want this song to let them know I'm coming for them. The last lines in the song say it all.
We Only Come Out At Night
This is about the movie The Lost Boys. When I first saw that movie, I had such a sense of belonging and felt like I fit in with those guys—no, not because I think I'm a vampire but because I didn't care what people thought of me and I do what I want. It's one of my favorite movies, and I had to write a song that would hopefully give someone that same feeling I got out of it—that we’re a gang of people who will do and say whatever the fuck we want. You are welcome to be one of us.
London In Terror
This is my song about Jack The Ripper. I've always wanted to know why he did what he did, and I wrote the lyrics based on my own story of what I thought was the case. I love the whole idea of London in chaos and terror, so I gave the lyrics a really overall Armageddon-ish feel. I wanted to get the image across of London was falling apart in a world of chaos and destruction simply because someone is causing a stir. I'd love to have that kind of power.
This is about the Salem Witch Trials and Abigail Williams who had a lot of people put to death by accusing them of heresy and witchcraft. I've always been a fan of the book and movie The Crucible, but it’s sort of boring at points. I tried to make it a little livelier and make something new out of it. There's a background love story between, John Proctor—the character I’m portraying in the lyrics—and Abigail. Since a lot of my lyrics are based on that type of stuff, I thought it was perfect to write about. The fact that Nick Brooks from It Dies Today does guest vocals makes this song a million times better than I thought it could be.
This song is entirely comprised of lyrics submitted by our fans. During the course of being in the band and having a social network outlet like MySpace, a lot of kids would send me messages asking if I would read their lyrics or poems and tell them what I thought. Whenever I had time, I would read through and saw so much passion in what these kids were writing. I know not everyone is fortunate enough to have a way to express that to a mass amount of people, so I thought I would let them be heard by singing them in one of our songs. I asked for submissions and got almost 300 e-mails with lyrics, and I had a lot of great stuff to use. We titled that track "Creatures" to go along with the meaning behind the title of the record.
This is about me living in the past a lot. There are a lot of things in my life that I can't let go of—especially from within the past five or six years. A lot of friends have come and gone, a lot of venues we started playing at are now shut down and everything is just different. I look forward to the future a lot, but at the same time, I feel so much regret for living as if things would never change. There's a reference in the second verse to a hometown venue called the Dome, which is my way of letting our hometown bands and fans know that I miss them and those shows a lot.
.Com Part II
This song is a sequel to a song on our first EP called The Whorror. There’s a song on there called “schizophreniccannibilisticsexfest.com," which a lot of our older fans liked a lot. So I wanted to take make a part two. I feel like we're going to get a lot of shit for it from the fans of the one on the EPbecause they won't be looking at it as a sequel, but rather an alternate version of the original—which is not the case.
The title has nothing to do with the lyrics. We wanted to have one song with a title that had something to do with The Office since we are such huge fans and we're from Scranton, Pennsylvania [where the show is set]. In the Season 2 episode "Health Care," you’ll find “Count Choculitis” mentioned. The lyrics are extremely personal to me as this song is about being a victim of infidelity and the psychological damage that it can cause. There's even a Depeche Mode reference in the chorus.
This is a song we recorded for our an album which never officially got released. It was titled Banamontana. The songs, however, did leak online and this is one that I never expected people to like. But they did. Some friends who aren't fans of our music actually told me they love this song, which was crazy to me because I wasn't such a huge fan of it. We then found out over the years that a lot of people really like the Bananamontana version, so we re-recorded it to be an "official” version.
Puppets (The First Snow)
This song is tied with the first song on the album as the most pissed off songs I've ever written. These lyrics are probably the most personal that I've ever written. It’s about the mental and psychological damage I endured in a relationship I was in for a really long time. I know that sounds cliché or emo, but I don't give a fuck. I know that no matter who you are and what style music you listen to, you can relate to these lyrics. Save it, tough guy—you're human just like the rest of us. My biggest inspiration lyrically is Morrissey, so I quoted his lyrics twice in the chorus of this song as an homage to him for inspiring me not to be afraid to express how I feel—especially when it comes to love and hate.
This song is about The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow. It’s another story that always intrigued me and for the longest time, I wanted to make my own version of. I feel like our last EP, When Love Met Destruction, had some lyrics on it that really offended people, and I was so happy that I was able to cause a problem and piss someone off. I didn't want this album to have a shred of dishonesty, so up until this song—which was the last song I wrote lyrics for—I didn't feel like there were any lyrics on this album that would really offend anyone, except for maybe Immaculate Misconception. That was okay with me because I feel like if I actually tried to be offensive it wouldn't have been sincere. Fortunately, I feel like the chorus of this song will give our close-minded Christian protesters something to hate us for when I say, “I am the devil.” I guess we'll see. Either way, I'm happy with the song.
Scissorhands (The Last Snow)
This is as I hope people will think of it being our epic closing masterpiece. [Laughs.] Out of all the characters in the world of books and movies, Edward Scissorhands is the one I most identify with. That movie spoke to me so much and changed my life, so I wanted my favorite and most important song on this record to be about him. These lyrics are all so honest and personal to me, but sung through his eyes. I feel like the music matches up perfectly with the feel of the song to give it that creepy [director] Tim Burton and [composer] Danny Elfman presence. I think in the future, we'll be doing more songs like this because it's all of our favorite song and style. I want to leave my mark being known as "The Danny Elfman and Tim Burton of Metal.” [Laughs.] alt