“Sit down and shut up so I can sing you your fucking love song.” – Eighteen Visions
That saying, “Write about what you know” is absolutely worthless when writing about something I love, and I love Motionless in White. I get bogged down in the details of why and how as I am mesmerized by the pull of the music and the pain in the lyrics. I try to shoo my emotions away long enough to tell you about their history, their growth, their catalog, but it’s pointless. Motionless isn’t emotionless; you feel their music all the way deep down in the murky basement of your soul where it dredges up memories and comforts your demons. I’m going to try to give you a 101 on Motionless in White to get you ready for their set at Louder Than Life, but if I go down the rabbit hole, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Motionless in White is straight outta Scranton, formed by Chris “Motionless” Cerulli in 2005 (other founding members have since left the band). Chris handles the intense vocals, a mix of clean and scream, and is joined by Ricky “Horror” Olson (rhythm guitar), Devin “Ghost” Sosa (bass), Ryan Sitkowski (lead guitar), Josh Balz (keyboards), and when touring, Vinny Mauro (drums). Their debut EP, The Whorror (2007) was eventually released as a full-length album When Love Met Destruction (2009). They’ve produced another three killer albums, Creatures (2011), Infamous (2012) and my favorite, Reincarnate (2014). On June 23, 2016 they put out a single “570” from their forthcoming studio album expected to drop in 2017.
I love it when people ask me to describe Motionless in White (cue the rabbit hole). Chris can growl and scream with the best of them, but when he indulges in clean vocals, it’s a sweet break from the scream cave. Expect blast beats and breakdowns and metal riffs galore. Depending on the song, the mood, your baggage, you can take what you want from them. If you’re a horror fan, they’ve got you covered. Love metalcore? Check. Industrial your cup of tea? Done. In the past they’ve been compared to Marilyn Manson, but I gotta disagree, mostly because I love Motionless and I loathe Manson (it’s a deep rabbit hole, Guys). What’s interesting about Motionless in White is they seem comfortable exploring a variety of genres to create an experience for their fans that is wholly unique. They are exquisite to listen to, and with a macabre appearance and an uneasy vibe, Motionless in White live engages all the senses, inviting audience interaction and participation.
MiW derive their name from the song “Motionless and White” by Eighteen Visions, a song I quoted in the beginning of this rabbit hole doxology. It perfectly sums up how I feel when I listen to Motionless in White, minus the sitting down part, and I devour every fucking song as if it truly were written to shut me up.
When a band body slams your shit away through your earbuds, you’d do well to wear pads and a helmet if you’re going to actually get in their pit. Whether you’re dwelling in the beautiful chaos or jamming from the sidelines, I’ll be looking for you at the Monster Stage at 3:45 for Motionless in White.