“Whenever possible, we perform live. We love the thrill. And it allows us to be true to the whole MOTOR concept . . .”
Motor’s natural environment is on stage, where both generally mild mannered protagonists morph into strutting, snarling raucous rock gods, spewing take-no-prisoners techno prowling and pacing around.
“We know once we get on stage we become someone and something else. It’s not forced or staged and we can even do it sober,” says Mr No, “It helps that the music is so bonkers,” he laughs, “It keeps us on edge.”
Relentlessly touring the world since forming in 2005 the band has played superclubs and giant festival stages even fitting in a pan-Europe/ Stateside road trip with proto industrial heroes Nitzer Ebb, last year.
Dodging rabid skinheads who tried to attack them in Germany (‘because we weren’t Nitzer Ebb’ Mr No explains) the duo will soon be setting off on the road with Depeche Mode, an experience both plan to embrace reasonably sensibly.
“I think most of Depeche Mode are off the drugs and alcohol,” Mr No quips, “When we started MOTOR, we partied every day and night and we still let loose on occasion, maybe more than we should, but certainly for us non-stop partying is no longer part of the formula,” he claims.
Their high-energy onstage personas are also created organically, Bryan insists, with groupie games, group meditation and even group hugs all practises they strenuously avoid.
“We don’t believe in all that hippie shit,” says Bryan, “We just smash beer cans over our head and do a few push ups. Nothing too crazy.”
‘Performing is our bread and butter. Always was, always will be,” Mr No adds.