Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER are currently mixing their debut album with producer James "Jimbo" Barton (METALLICA, RUSH, MARILYN MANSON, STONE SOUR) at Track Records studio in Los Angeles for a summer release through No Name/Elektra Records. A new track, titled "Suffocate", can be heard in streaming audio in the "Use It Or Lose It" section at www.streetwise.com. The band are tentatively set to embark on a U.S. tour with MINISTRY in mid-February, to be followed by a possible appearance at this year's Ozzfest.
As previously reported, the five-piece had originally signed with COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara's Sever imprint through Beyond/BMG Records, but had eventually become free agents, thereby allowing them to link up with No Name head honcho Steve Richards at his new company.
Back in July of 2001, Fafara had the following to say about the group: "They're a five-piece act, they don't have a bass or a guitar. They play this thing called a motograter, it's an instrument that Bruce Butler of MOTOGRATER designed. It's a percussive instrument that replaces the bass and guitar in one. They're crazy, they all have shaved heads, and they paint themselves with a combo of grease, white & black paint, and dirt. It's the most raw thing I've ever seen. Wait till you see these guys, you're gonna shit!"