MAUDLIN OF THE WELL BIOGRAPHY
maudlin of the Well were an American avant-garde progressive metal band who formed in 1996 and disbanded in 2003. Their music contained elements from many different genres including sludge metal, doom metal, indie rock, and new age. They released three full-length albums before disbanding: 1999's My Fruit PsychoBells...A Seed Combustible and 2001's Bath and Leaving Your Body Map. These last two albums were considered companion albums.MAUDLIN OF THE WELL GENRES
motW had a consistent core membership which consisted of Jason Byron, Greg Massi, and Toby Driver. Throughout motW's career, they saw a sort of "revolving door" of members and session musicians as they were needed. In this regard, it may be more accurate to think of motW as a project rather than a typical band, akin to Chuck Schuldiner's influential death metal project/band, Death.
motW's music, lyrics, and atmosphere dealt predominantly with the subject of astral projection. The band tried to find music rather than compose it. This was attempted through practicing astral projection and lucid dreams, from which the band were purportedly able to "bring back" pre-existing music from the astral plane. This idea is similar to the common dogmatic notion that "all good things come from God", but with a new-age spin.
In late 2001, motW began working on a fourth studio album. During this time, the band lost longtime members, changed labels, and ultimately renamed themselves to Kayo Dot. This fourth motW album was released in 2003 as Kayo Dot's Choirs of the Eye.
Bath and Leaving Your Body Map were re-issued by Dark Symphonies in 2006 and the label has recently announced plans to re-release My Fruit PsychoBells...A Seed Combustible in September 2007.
Avant-garde Progressive Metal
MAUDLIN OF THE WELL LYRICAL THEMES
Love, Life, Death, Abstract
MAUDLIN OF THE WELL ORIGIN
United States of America (Boston, Massachusetts), formed in 1996
MAUDLIN OF THE WELL CURRENT RECORD LABEL
MAUDLIN OF THE WELL STATUS
MAUDLIN OF THE WELL CURRENT LINE-UP
Jason Bitner : Trumpet
Byron : Vocals, keyboards, percussion
Toby Driver : Vocals, guitars, bass, cello, keyboards, percussion (Tartar Lamb)
Maria-Stella Fountoulakis : Vocals
Sam Gutterman : Drums, percussion, guitar, vocals
Greg Massi : Guitar, vocals (Baliset)
Terran Olson : Keyboards, clarinet, flute, percussion, vocals (Autumn Tears)
Josh Seipp-Williams : Guitars (Triac)