Nothing Ever Happened was conceived after The Mighty Orchid King found Jack Kerouac in the cliffs of Big Sur in a past life. He was writing the poem of the ocean and did not wish to be disturbed. When Jack opened his mouth, he spoke only in the language of the angry water below, an unusual tongue which they could not fully understand. 'Shoo-----Shaw-----Shirsh-----!' he suddenly exclaimed. Confused, they sought more explanation from this mysterious prophet. Jack, who was now quite irritated, commanded The Mighty Orchid King to go out into the world, pray to the mountains, fall in love and make the music that came in to their minds for no particular reason at all.
Convinced by this beatnik character, they did as he had ordered, finally returning to their rehearsal space in Mill Hill and entering into a kind of fuzzy haze from which they could not leave for several months. When they woke they were delighted to find four ‘songs’ on their Macintosh computer. But they spent another lifetime deciding how best to arrange these cosmic jams for human consumption. This self-editing which Jack so loathed had became an obsession. The Mighty Orchid King no longer knew if they were making music or just arbitrary sound. They could not even recognise their own reflection in the mirror.
To make matters worse, it emerged that they had made a dangerous deal in their stupor with an evil creature known as the Snakehead. The Snakehead saw the organic beauty in their ideas and offered to help them in their quest. Jack had warned them about this beast, but the Snakehead tempted the Mighty Orchid King with its knowledge of ancient recording techniques and an unparalleled collection of old microphones. But the Snakehead had a foul temper and sought to warp their treasure for his own gain, simplifying the melodies and crushing their spirit. In an epic showdown, The Mighty Orchid King finally regained creative control and continued on their path to find 'that big epic sound'. But it had come at a hefty price; the Snakehead cursed the Mighty Orchid King and unleashed chaos across the land.
As they pulled open the door to leave Room 10 of the Music Complex they saw to their horror that fire was raining down from the Mill Hill sky and the once paradisiacal North London suburb had been rendered a living hell. The Mighty Orchid King was paralysed with guilt. They had been lost in a dream world while the real world was crashing down around them. They no longer knew if the world needed songs or firefighters. But they had promised Jack to release the music, and they hoped his scripture could save the world.
This sprawling and honest mess is the result, a record indebted equally to Antipodean psychedelia and Laurel Canyon harmonies, telling tales of love, alienation and apocalypse.
released April 28, 2017
Jonny Bennett - Vocals (1, 2 & 4), Drums & Percussion, Harmonies
Martin van Heerden - Guitars, Harmonies
Pete Martin - Bass, Keys, Harmonies
Michael Rea - Vocals (3), Guitars, Sitar, Keys, Harmonies
Freddy Sawyer - Harmonies
We've Been Here Before contains a sample of 'Nirvana' by Sri Aurobindo, reproduced with the kind permission of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
Written, performed and produced by TMOK.
Recorded at SAS Music, September 2016 - February 2017.
Mixed by Phil Craig and Michael Rea.
Album art by Martin van Heerden.
Background photo by Liam Apter.
Band photos by Alex Campbell.
Eternal thanks to Mick, Phil and all the family and friends who made this happen. You know who you are!
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