Modern Trash Quartet

Modern Trash Quartet

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Modern Trash Quartet (MTQ) strive to encompass everything that is, was and never will be in modern musical expression… or failing that, at least play soul scorched and searched acoustic folk and ballads aided by multimedia film and video imagery, vocal harmonies and home modified guitar tactics

Biography

Formed in July 2008 by the infamous Zimm
Roberts, and equally unfamous Eurarde Borgwah,
Modern Trash Quartet (MTQ) strive to encompass
everything that is, was and never will be in modern musical expression… or failing that, at least play rock solid acoustic folk and ballads aided by multimedia film and video imagery.

Hammer of Folk (Hammer of Folk, The Hungarian-Jewish-Christan Folk and Rap All Stars) brings a depth of cheese and angst that is almost unfathomable to so many, while Borgwah
(Burning Monks, Hound, Sudden Tan Air Hostesses) attempts to help serve this Roquefort with a range of nifty soul searchers care of his off the shelf and home modified guitar ensemble.

Originally, the duo was aiming to eventually evolve into a full quartet, although they have instead substituted permanent third and fourth members for a lap top computer (I.K.E) and a wind up metronome (S.O.N.N.Y) and a number of film and video projectors (G.R.O.U.P.I.E.S) to reduce travel overheads, APRAH payment squabbles, and to increase their respective share of the bar and nacho tab offerings at clubs and bars.

However take heed, MTQ is not a folk parody duo, both artists are deadly serious regarding the lyrical and musical content of their performance.

Influences:
Both artists claim the chaos and vacuum of modernism and the media as the main inspiration for the group. They also cite a number of their own musical influences of profound effect:

(Hammer of Folk)
Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Robert Zimmerman,
Zimm Roberts, Hungarian Jewish Folk, Willie of the
Nelson, Old Country, The Food of the Gods, The
Hungarian-Jewish-Christian Folk and Rap Allstars.

(Eurarde Borgwah)
The 3D’s, Iron Maiden, Ornette Coleman, Engelbert
Humperdinck, Gene Wilder, Doro Pesch, Seeds From
the Barley, Hound, The Burning Monks, Living Under
the Fear of God, Orange and Mango with Callamassi

Essence:
For both artists, MTQ serves as a mechanism to portray the music of both individuals’ back catalogs in a slightly different light, as well as act as a conduit for new individual and co-authored material. Additionally, the multimedia aspect of the duo’s live performance serves as a vehicle for furthering the film making interests of both players.

Experience and Activity:
Between both performers, live stage experience numbers to around 500 performances, and in addition around a month of studio recording experience encompassing approx. 10 albums.
In the brief period of three months since their formation of MTQ, the duo have managed to squeeze in almost 35 gigs around their local area of Christchurch, as well as a 6 gig mini tour of the wider South Island of New Zealand including a number of live radio performances.

Although the band is in its early stages, both Hammer and Eurarde bring with them an unavoidably down to earth and approachable persona to the stage almost always resulting in the entire audience being in open dialogue with the duo. The duo have just completed (October 2008) an unmastered and un polished live studio EP consisting of 4 recorded tracks (with some vocal chorus overdubs). In addition, they have also
completed a live recording and video session at the
world famous in New Zealand “Wunderbar” in Lyttelton. Future projects include a number of multi track studio recordings and video single releases, written, directed and produced by the due leading up to the release of their self titled debut album in February 2009.

Lyrics

Porcelian Phone

Written By: Eurarde Borgwah

There's a ringing on the phone
On the porcelain phone
She'll be kneeling there alone
On the porcelain phone

At night with no tender caress,
lips to the bottle there's nothing less,
she knows to ease the pain
love bought her that day

There's a ringing on the phone
On the porcelain phone
She'll be kneeling there alone
On the porcelain phone

Verse 1
In her heart, the fate filled blow holds fast like walls of iron
From in his mind, temptation ruled the boredom of his mire
Beauty passes on with the age, this world of flesh expires
Westward leading still proceeding
But the Stars they're so much higher
So much higher, so much higher, so much - high

There's a ringing on the phone
On the porcelain phone
She'll be kneeling there alone
On the porcelain phone

Verse 2
All of us this world today, so much heart break and desire
The more we love, the more we hate but will this more ever grow tired?
Held by indignation, hands attend the funeral pyre
Westward leading still proceeding
But the Stars they're so much higher
So much higher, so much higher, so much - high

There's a ringing on the phone
On the porcelain phone
She'll be kneeling there alone
On the porcelain phone

At night with no tender caress
lips to the bottle there's nothing less
She knows to ease the pain
Love bought her that day

There's a ringing on the phone
On the porcelain phone
She'll be kneeling there alone
On the porcelain phone

Verse 3
He knows she¡¯s hurt, knows she¡¯s in pain, deceived by his own deception
Blocked out the truth, missed his one true love, moved on but a pale reflection
Counts the sands within his glass, the seconds they are screaming

Westward leading still proceeding
But the Stars they're so much higher
So much higher, so much higher, so much - high

There's a ringing on the phone
On the porcelain phone
She'll be kneeling there alone
On the porcelain phone

There's a ringing on the phone
On the porcelain phone
She'll be kneeling there alone
On the porcelain phone

At night with no tender caress
lips to the bottle there's nothing less
She knows to ease the pain
Love bought her that day

Discography

Live recorded studio e.p consisting of four tracks, Will contribte towards a full length album for release in February

Set List

No covers!!!!! grrr!!!! well not for us at least... :)
We normally play 1-2 sets depending and up to an hour per set.

Typical Set List:
The Lazy Banjo
Riding with the Devil
Hunted By the World
Kill for You
Lul La Lies
Porcelian Phone
California
Trash City Blues
My Sudden Tan Air Hostess
I Don't Know
Petrol Tanker
Wiskey Friday