Motionless in White Exclusive Studio Report
Scranton’s Motionless in White — they sport inky, flat-ironed coifs and loads of MAC eyeliner — are currently recording their latest album, due out sometime in October via Fearless, with Andrew Wade in Ocala, Fla. While vocalist Chris Cerulli is happy with the way the band is defining its sound through the studio process, things haven’t been 100 percent hunky dory.
“A couple days ago, Andrew’s computer somehow got a virus and we lost two days of recording time,” the singer, who looks a wee bit like a younger, hungrier Marilyn Manson, told Noisecreep. “We had to sit there while he tried to fix it and tried to work on other things on our own. We lost recording time. It was unfortunate, but thankfully, we did not lose material.”
For the album — Cerulli told us the album’s title but we’re sitting on that for a minute, so be patient — Motionless in White are truly finding their signature style. “I wouldn’t say it’s much different, but I feel it’s the first thing that defines our band in terms of what we sound like,” Chris said. “You know how there are bands when you hear them, you know it’s that band? Well, we’re getting to that point, where people will hear it and think, ‘That is Motionless in White.’ It’s not confusing or all over the place. It’s heavier but we’ve progressed.”
While the band has endured comparisons to The Devil Wears Prada and Underoath, they’ll distant themselves from any categories and stamp out preconceived notions with the new album, thanks to the keyboards and goth and industrial touches.
One way the band has evolved and moved forward is through Cerulli’s lyrical style. He admits to writing dark stuff, but he takes a literary tack with his words. “I write two different styles,” he admitted. “I either write intense, personal feelings about situations in my life, like heartbreak or relationship stuff. I am really angry. I may not sound like it, but I have a lot of hatred and a lot of things make me angry. The way I write about that is dark and pissed off.
“To make every song like that would be boring, so I also write like I’m a character. I chose characters from horror world, and write songs through their eyes. I have a song where I write like am Edward Scissorhands.”
In addition to writing from a fictional-but-beloved Johnny Depp persona, Cerulli also writes from historical perspectives, too, saying, “There is a song that I write as if I am someone accused of being a witch by Abigail Williams from the Salem Witch Trials. I write stories from the eyes of another person.”
Cerulli also claimed the band is finally happy with what they are creating. “I wouldn’t say I was unhappy before, but there was some sort of void,” he said. “I would wish we did ‘this’ or would wonder why we couldn’t get it to sound like ‘that.’ It was never fully what I wanted and we’re not even done recording and it’s finally everything I wanted.”