The last time Scranton metalcore outfit Motionless In White played a show in their hometown, the Vans Warped Tour was hit by a lightning storm. Frontman Chris Motionless has been eager to make-up the rained out set to local fans since, and he‚??ll have the opportunity to do so during their first U.S. headlining tour, which stops at the Sherman Theater (524 Main St., Stroudsburg) on Nov. 10.
The Weekender caught up with the energetic singer earlier this week to talk about the two-month tour and their new album, ‚??Infamous,‚?Ě which hits stores Nov. 13 and contains a few surprises for longtime followers.
The Weekender: What are you looking forward to most about this tour?
Chris Motionless: Pretty much just going out there and finally headlining. We‚??ve been a support tour for the past career of our band. We‚??ve headlined some shows in some small things, but never a full U.S. tour. We‚??ve headlined other countries before we‚??ve headlined America.
W: How did you choose the supporting bands on this tour?
CM: Chelsea Grin has been friends with us for quite a while and they‚??re doing really great, so we wanted to bring them out and get them involved. And then another band that‚??s on the tour, Stick to You Guns, I‚??m a personal gigantic fan of, so I pushed for them. I think that they‚??re definitely going to help bring a new dynamic to the tour because their fans are a little bit different than our fans. Most of them actually hate us, so I think it will be pretty hilarious. The other bands were suggested by our label and management.
W: When did you start working on the new album?
CM: We started recording it in January, and it kind of was like an off and on process from January until August, actually, because we kept having a bunch of tours booked in between studio dates.
W: What inspired the songs on this record?
CM: Just a lot of my thoughts on life in general. When anybody asks if there‚??s a theme to it, it‚??s just easier to say life in general because on the last record that we did, I did a lot of songs that were based off of movie characters in the literary world and whatnot. This record I wanted to do something a little bit more real that people could really connect to.
W: How has the band‚??s sound progressed?
CM: It‚??s really, really different. There‚??re definitely a lot of the heavier aspects of our bands that you‚??ll hear. It‚??s got a lot of the same s--t that you heard on ‚??Creatures,‚?Ě just in a different way. And then there‚??re a couple songs that are just altogether different that are not in any way what people are used to our band sounding like, but at the same time, make perfect sense if you think about it. It‚??s just a step in a bigger, better direction.
W: Why title it ‚??Infamous‚?Ě?
CM: Just looking at our band and trying to find a word that really defines what we are. I feel like more people hate us than like us. I don‚??t know if that‚??s true, but it certainly seems that way on the Internet, that we‚??re a pretty hated band. I guess you kind of have to be in some sort of spotlight to have that many people f--king hate you and also have that many people like you, so it‚??s just a word that really struck me.
W: It seems like you guys kind of revel in that infamy, though.
CM: Yeah. I like to embrace the negative things that come my way. There‚??s a lot of s--t that does bother me and does p--s me off. It‚??s definitely a big motivator, but I can get mad at it or I can just laugh and move on and just use it as some sort of motivation or fuel, and that‚??s what we do.
Motionless in White with Chelsea Grin, Stick To Your Guns, Upon This Dawning, and The Witch Was Right, Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Sherman Theater (524 Main St., Stroudsburg). $15 advance, $18 day of show.