Medusa Interview

The new album Can’t Fucking Win from UK rock ‘n’ roll band Medusa brings real rock drenched in punk attitude and  sexy filthy riffs to the fore. To get the facts behind the impressive and satisfying sound we had the pleasure to talk with Medusa founder and frontman Julian Molinero.

Hi Julian and thank you for coming to talk to The Ringmaster Review. Surprisingly Medusa might not yet be known by some people so could you introduce your selves?

Well, we’re based in Camden, London, our second album came out earlier this year and I play guitar and sing.

What makes Medusa the beast it is?

I try to make it my vision of how I’d personally like an ideal band to be. I do it because I have to. It’s uncompromised and it’s real.

Your debut self titled album came out within weeks of the bands formation in 2006, were the songs already in existence in some form before the band or it was a frenzy of creativity for the release?

I saw a programme on TV about cold reading which mentioned most people have a project that they’d love to do but never get around to it because they hold it too holy and so put it off. I wanted to record an album and realised it might never happen unless I just went for it.

The song ‘Love Potion’ was already written and bits and pieces of two others and that’s it. I called a studio and booked 5 days to record an album for 875 pounds, for a matter of weeks later, then I worried about getting a band together to record it and writing the music. It was originally gonna be mainly an instrumental guitar album but the songs I ended up writing in that time happened to naturally have a lot of vocals.

When I told the engineer on the phone how many songs we planned to do in how many days, he said he’d never done that before. And boy was it a rush, it very nearly didn’t get finished due to lack of time.

We went down to London for 5 days and recorded it at Ignition Studios and stayed in Camden for the first time.

Your new album Can’t Fucking Win has just come out after 3 and a half years preparation, why so long? 

Well with the first album I’d proved to myself it was possible to record an album so this time I set my sights on making the best album I possibly could. I wrote around a thousand songs, the writing stage was by far the longest and most difficult part, waiting for the right songs. It was recorded in four different sessions with a couple of different engineers. It was a total struggle from beginning to end.

How did you manage to keep your obvious intense focus on the albums creation and intention over that space of time?

Passion, I spent a lot of time thinking about it.

Over the five years there obviously has been evolution and progression in the band and its sound, what would you say is the biggest?

I think we became more melodic and for this album the focus became on the songwriting, so these are more the type of songs which might also work acoustically or in another style whereas the first album was more hard rock. It’s still just as primal, but there’s more emotional depth.

The songs are raucous and full of references in small ways to many varied bands, what are your strongest influences as musicians?

I think there’s a lot of things from when I was growing up, the initial important influences of seventies and nineties punk, plus Bill and Ted guitars and many other things that have been picked up on the way.

Your lyrics are cutting and often venom filled, is there a big personal aspect to them that you are unleashing?

Yeah, definitely, it’s all totally honest and kind of therapy. I think the least you can do is be honest and tell the truth, with everything, not just songs. I see no point to any other way, it’s just wasting time. I mean… I think metaphors are okay too.

Romesh Dodangoda produced the album after you waited whilst he worked with Motorhead so he definitely was the man you wanted on your album. What was it that made you know he was the right choice?

Actually, I produced the album pretty much, not that I knew what I was doing. At the start I went with the flow of the engineers and then as it went on I got more bossy and really got involved with making sure it sounded right so I basically took control. Romesh mixed the last two songs though and compiled it to CD, but all with my specific directions.

You are shortly to work on a video, for which track and can you give a few details about what it will contain?

It’s being directed by Adam Simcox and is still in the early planning stages so it’s too early to say but it should be made pretty soon. I like his work on other videos he’s done and a couple are showing on MTV soon. Hopefully ours will turn out good.

Thanks so much for joining us and sharing things Medusa. Could you end with what you hope people get out of the album Can’t Fucking Win and what rock ’n’ roll means to you?

I just hope some good people connect with the album and understand what I was trying to say with it.

With rock, I think it’s about being who you want to be, being an individual and not a sheep.

For more information on Medusa and ‘Can’t Fucking Win’ go to their websites @

www.myspace.com/medusauk

www.facebook.com/medusauk

http://www.medusaworld.co.uk

 RingMaster 01/08/2011

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