Christian Savill and Sean Hewson originally formed Monster Movie in 1989, but the pair’s pet project was shelved when Savill joined Slowdive. Ten years later, they reformed following Slowdive’s disbandment and have since released three full-lengths and a handful of EPs. However, it’s been seven years since we’ve heard new Monster Movie music, and with Savill back with the reunited Slowdive, you’d think the band would once again be pushed to the side. Ironically, not only are they back with a new album, Keep the Voices Distant, but it’s their biggest effort to date.
Instead of Slowdive once again overshadowing the duo, the outfit’s reunion impelled Monster Movie to transform into a fully realized band. They brought drummer James Harrison (Air Formation) and Slowdive bassist Nick Chaplin into the fold to help expand their dream pop sound. Now a four-piece, they entered White House Recording Studios with Martin Nichols and producer Ryan Graveface to create Keep the Voices Distant, out March 31st via Graveface Records.
New single “Shouldn’t Stray from the Shadows” reveals just how much the additional members have helped the band grow. There’s still a shoegazing edge, but it’s lifted upwards by relentless thermals of blistering guitars and storming drums. It soars like nothing else the band has ever produced, something like a cacophonous version of Interpol. Though the composition is still very clearly a product of Savill and Hewson’s collaboration, the inclusion of Chaplin and Harrison has clearly taken the band to new and exciting heights.
Take a listen to “Shouldn’t Stray from the Shadows” below.
Pre-orders for Keep the Voices Distant are available via Graveface.