Motionless In White
A new breed of dark rockers is subtly taking over, stealing the hearts of a dedicated legion of fans, with a blend of intense melodic metal and a penchant for the macabre. Already fan favorites in the scene, Pennsylvania sextet Motionless In White is set to rise to the front of the pack.
The tale of Motionless In White’s conception begins in 2005. Forming in Scranton, Penn. while still in high school, six friends – singer Chris “Motionless” Cerulli, guitarist/vocalist TJ Bell, guitarist Ryan Sitkowski, bassist Frank Polumbo, keyboardist Josh Balz, and drummer Angelo Parente - joined forces and got their start playing popular rock cover songs. By 2006, they had developed their own sound, blending heavier, darker elements into melodic tracks, and gaining inspiration from the likes of The Misfits, Nine Inch Nails, Bleeding Through, Cradle Of Filth and Marilyn Manson to form Motionless In White. With the release of debut EP The Whorror and two summers of wowing crowds with their high-octane show on dates of Vans Warped Tour, the band gained the attention of both independent and major record labels, including Fearless Records. The band signed to Fearless in December 2008, and set about recording their acclaimed second EP When Love Met Destruction, which was released in spring 2009.
After unleashing their debut full-length album Creatures, Motionless In White is poised to take center stage in their twisted audio carnival. Creatures is a writhing behemoth of an album. Mixing gothic and industrial influences with brutal breakdowns, intense riffs and soaring choruses, the album interweaves themes of lust and revenge with the band's passion for horror movies, myths and vampire culture. “I think we did a really good job at making this record interesting in a lot of aspects,” singer Chris Motionless notes. “The last thing I wanted to do was write another band’s record and call it ours. We pulled from so many different musical influences, especially with the lyrics. We put everything we had into making this record.”
One of the strongest parts of Motionless In White’s success story is their dedication to their fans. The band doesn’t take their following’s dedication lightly. The band named their full-length after their devoted fan base, which they affectionately call “Creatures”, to remind their supporters that despite their differences, they are bonded by music. “I only ever wanted to be in a band because music changed my life so much, and all I wanted to be able to do the same for someone else in my own way,” Chris adds. “To see all these people that are interested in this band and see them singing the words to our songs, like I used to dream would happen while I would be in a pit, screaming along to my favorite bands, is seriously mind-blowing.” The band even allowed their “Creatures” to contribute to the album, creating the title track entirely of fan lyrics. “I really couldn’t think of a better way to say thank you than to have our fans literally be part of this album, and to name our record after the people that are keeping us alive.”
Gaining early support from the media has also been a key element in aiding Motionless In White’s ascension through the ranks of the new wave of dark rock bands. The band was named as one of Alternative Press’ Bands You Need To Know in 2010, is one of Revolver Magazine’s Bands To Watch in the November/December 2010 issue, and has upcoming features in U.S. and international music press outlets including AOL Noisecreep, Ultimate-Guitar, AMP, Substream, Rock Sound and Kerrang!, plus horror publications Rue Morgue, Fangoria, Bloody-Disgusting, Zombie Popcorn and FEARnet.
The band has already toured the U.S. with the likes of Asking Alexandria, Bleeding Through, In This Moment and Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Black Veil Brides and A Skylit Drive. After completing their tour with Escape the Fate and Alesana in early 2011, the band appeared at SXSW before launching into a full season of touring that included runs with Norma Jean, For Today, Vans Warped Tour and the All Star Tour with Emmure, and Iwrestledabearonce. The band continues their live onslaught into the fall on their first European tour in September/October with blessthefall and Pierce The Veil.
With an incredible work ethic and a dedication to practicing their craft, Motionless In White has completed their line up with the addition of new bassist Ricky Horror and emerged as a group of stunning musicians. “This band is 100% bullshit free and we want to inspire kids to stand up for themselves and not be afraid to look the way they do or say the things that they want,” said Chris. “If I can do for one person what my favorite bands and heroes have done for me, then mission accomplished.”
Armed with their jaw-dropping debut album, support from the media and an impressive live show ready to take to the masses, Motionless In White is poised at the center of a perfect storm, and is taking by the throat in 2011. Miss them at your peril!
Creatures is out now on Fearless Records.