Well, what is rock n roll? According to front man Billy Blur, “Rock n roll is music that makes you want to either fuck or fight, and that’s exactly the kinda music Mortigi Tempo makes."
If you’ve ever wondered what swagger might sound like... well you’ve found it. Only this version might feel slightly unhinged. Many fans consider the music to be “psych rock” or “grunge,” but if you were to ask the band, they would probably just laugh and nod. I’m pretty sure they refuse to categorize themselves into a genre. That just wouldn’t fit their haunted narrative. I guess that makes sense, cause when was the last time you cried to a “psych” song?
They've played alongside the likes of Band of Skulls, Bass Drum of Death, Demob Happy, White Reaper and many others, but don't characterize them as an opening act, that's downright foolish. Their gear alone has a commanding stage presence. I’m just saying, their natural habitat might be a dark, beer-soaked venue.
Mortigi Tempo consists of Billy Blur on lead vox and guitar, Ian Hilton on guitar and synth, Marc Tuna Leach on the low strings and Watson on percussion. They're accompanied by 3 vintage Fender "pyramid" cabs and fuckload of fuzz.
It you’re looking for buzzwords to tell your friends, I would try haunted, beautiful, dark, swagger & grit. Making anything unheard of these days is a pipe dream, but if you’re going to, you may as well be bold about it.
From the howling wastes of the high desert comes Mortigi Tempo – the kind of sensual sonic hallucination you can really shake it to. Hailing from Salt Lake City, this neo-psychedelic (band) features guitars that crunch and vocals that bite from Billy Blur; the thick, slithering basslines of Marc Leach; and Eric Watson’s hammering drum work, as steady and heavy as a brick wall. Founded in 2012 by Billy Blur and Leach, the group’s sound was shaped not only by the Lynchian exploits of their mountain home, but also the paradigms of glam rock, Brit rock, and desert rock.