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The Myrrors interview with Grant Beyschau

April 5, 2013

The Myrrors interview with Grant Beyschau

The Myrrors formed back when they were
still in high school.They didn’t have any musical experiences and decided to
have a band and an amazing thing happened. The band self released an album and
posted songs on Youtube. They have almost half a million hits there. I was
really happy when I found Grant, their drummer, to talk about what they’re
doing these days. We are helping them to get a proper vinyl release out this
year. It’s a must! Oh, and if you are wondering how they sound; well
“desert rock” would be the best term to describe this lazy, hazy, hot
music.
You formed in Phoenix, Arizona. How did
you meet?

I met Nik in high school, in 2005. We were
in a guitar class together, and hung out with the same people. He and I talked
a bit and we figured out we liked the same music (Neil Young, White Stripes,
60’s garage stuff etc.) So we decided to form a band. Chris, Niks younger
brother, played the bass and I originally played guitar with Nik. There were 2
other members, a drummer and a keyboard player, who both eventually left the
band. After playing together for nearly 2 years, and going through a few
different lineups, we found Cesar on Myspace. He just so happened to live in
the same neighborhood. So Nik ended up singing and playing guitar, Cesar played
guitar, Chris played bass and I played the drums. That was the final lineup and
it hasn’t changed since.
Your music can be described as “desert
rock” and you truly produced some really nice songs, which bring this kind of
mellow desert atmosphere. What can you tell us about your sound?
Well, we were really inspired by our
surroundings at the time and the music that we listened to. We were inspired by
quite a few different things, but we always wanted our own original sound. We
really played the music that we wanted to hear, you know? I think if you do
that, you won’t ever look back and say “What was I thinking??”
What are some of your influences?
As I said previously, we were inspired by
the desert, the sun, the moon, the stars, the southwest’s flora and fauna, and
the history of the area in which we lived. We were inspired by all types of
psychedelic music and garage rock, by avant-garde music, free jazz, and folk
music from around the world, such as Tuareg music, Indian ragas, Turkish folk,
Latin/South American folk and Native American music.
Were you in any bands before The
Myrrors?
The Myrrors was the first band for all of
us, except Cesar. I think he had done a few things previously. He had also been
posting a few of his home recordings on myspace, and that’s actually how we
found and recruited him.
So let’s get to your album, that you
released in 2008. It is called “Burning Circles in the Sky”. What can you tell
us about recording this album?

The entire album was recorded in Niks
living room, with a very rudimentary setup. We only had a few mics and a pretty
basic recording program. We did all the mixing and producing on our own, with
basically no experience. We were only 16 and 17 years old at the time! We really
did the whole thing ourselves, which is kind of cool, you know? We all really
dig DIY stuff.
Did you have any concept in mind while
recording it?

I don’t think it was really a ‘concept
album’ per se. We just kind of drew on our influences and made the music that
we wanted to hear.
Do drugs have any place in your music? I
mean, I know it’s a cliché to say it, but if I’d need to connect your music
with a drug I would immediately think of peyote.
As far as I know only two of us were
regularly using drugs at the time. I feel like it was less about the drugs, and
more about the feeling and ideas brought about by the music. I wouldn’t say
that it’s necessary to take drugs to enjoy the music. It seems to me that an
open mind can be as enlightening as taking trip. I feel like one doesn’t really
need drugs to enter an ‘altered state.’
One thing that really fascinates me is
the cover artwork on your album.
The artwork for the album was done by our
bassist Chris. He is an amazing artist. He designed almost all of the posters
for our shows. He’s a really smart and talented guy, and I have a lot of
respect for him.
If we get down to your songs. Like in my
many interviews I ask musicians to comment their songs. Would you like to
comment yours, please?

The Mind’s Eye
The Mind’s Eye was one of the first things
we recorded. We based this off a rough demo we had made called “For
Tomorrow” about a year earlier, that was actually on a Quixodelic Records
compilation. Definitely a bit more lighthearted than the rest of the album.
Plateau Skull
We played this one live quite a bit. I kind
of feel like there’s this building tension through the whole song that never
really gets released. It kind of gives me a feeling of a trip through the
desert, guided by forces supernatural or otherwise.
Burning Circles in the Sky
I believe this song is a protest against
the destruction of mother nature and lack of any kind of acknowledgment by the
ones destroying. We were, and still are, appalled by the complete lack of
empathy and consciousness on the part of the world governments and big
business.
Warpainting
Warpainting is probably the closest thing
to a “hit” that we recorded. I remember when I first heard the final
version, it sent shivers down my spine. We played this one a lot at concerts.
When this was recorded there were, and unfortunately still are, at least 2 wars
being fought by the American government, the Iraq war and the Afghanistan war.
This song kind of speaks to the anger and sadness associated with war and the
unnecessary violence and death, and the effect of that on regular men and
women. The one’s who actually suffer when the ‘leaders’ of the world decide to
have a war. It also speaks on the real reasons that these elites feel the need
to invade countries and kill countless numbers of their fellow human beings.
Mother of All Living
For me this track really encapsulates the
feeling of spending time in the desert in an altered state.
There’s 2 tracks that weren’t on
the original album. Pyramids and a short improvisational excerpt. These are a
bit more representative of what we sounded like when we played live. A lot of
times we would set up microphones in our practice space and record our
rehearsals, and these are 2 cuts from those recordings. We had hours and hours
of these recordings, but most of it was lost in a computer mix-up a while
back…
Warpainting reached a big success on Youtube with so many hits. How do you feel about that?
It’s really cool to see. When we were
playing shows around Phoenix, the audience was often pretty small. We didn’t
really get much recognition at the time, and we certainly didn’t make any money
in the process. Though, that’s not to say we didn’t have fun doing it! I
personally had more fun than ever, making music and playing shows. In 2008 we
all graduated from high school and kind of went our separate ways and I kind of
lost track of all the Myrrors related stuff. In 2010 I happened upon the
youtube videos of our songs and saw that a few people had made music videos and
Warpainting had some 200,000 views. I was amazed. I thought we were destined
for obscurity, and to find out that people actually like the music that you
make is a nice feeling.
How did the album originally came out?
This was your own work, like limited edition digipack?
We put out 50 copies of Burning Circles in
the Sky on cd-r. If I recall correctly, we ordered the digipacks from a local
company that makes them out of recycled materials. We hand screenprinted and
burned all 50 copies ourselves. We made a few t-shirts as well, though I don’t
remember how many exactly.
We’ve been working on a re-release of
Burning Circles and hope to have it out on vinyl and CD sometime in the near
future.
Why did you disbanded and can we expect you
to get back together sometime in the near future?
Nik and Chris went to college a couple
hours from Phoenix and I moved to California. So we all live at least a 5 hour
drive from each other. That being said, we’re actually kind of back together
now. We’ve been jamming and recording as much as we can. I’ll be moving back to
Phoenix in May and we might be doing some shows around Arizona this summer.
We’ve got an entire new album recorded and more. We’re going to try to get it
released soon, but we’d like to get the Burning Circles re-release done first.
What currently occupies your life?

I work and go to school in southern
California. I’ve been doing some home recordings and collecting
records/CDs/Tapes etc.. We’re all going to school, and I’m pretty sure Cesar
plays the occasional open mic night in Phoenix.
Thanks for taking your time. Would you
like to send a message for It’s Psychedelic Baby readers?

I would like to thank you, Klemen, for all
these amazing interviews and for giving us a bit of exposure, you’ve featured
some really cool people and groups on here. For the readers, thanks for
supporting psychedelic magazines, books, bands and artists.
Interview made by Klemen Breznikar/2013
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http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.com/2013
6 Comments
  1. James Livingston

    Cool, i love these dudes, hope to hear more from them. Would def buy a cd from them, n a shirt too! :)

  2. Anonymous

    these guys are the real deal love their stuff

  3. Anonymous

    I am from Argentina Patagonia, not how I knew this band but are incredible.
    The landscape of my home is a cold desert, so I feel identified with their songs, I really like.
    My English is not very good, but I hope you have understood me, I hope your answer haha

  4. Ricardo

    same here from chile! I'm a stoner-psychedelic music digger and your sound is fucking awesome, in chile we have the ganjas, cool band as well, you all should digg it. peace.

  5. fellowtraveler

    I am a 75 year old guy from Texas. Just getting to know my nephew No Ah. He wrote me a message and put this recording on it and wanted to know if I was familiar with them. This whole movement is new to me. My ears are kinda old, so after hearing it once, not understanding 1% of the words, I flipped down and found the words and followed it closely as it was playing. After the 3rd time I was sold. Now I need to see if they still exist.

  6. fellowtraveler

    Piece I listened to was ---War Painting.

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